Hans Boersma, Sacramental Preaching: Sermons on the Hidden Presence of Christ (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2016), 213 pp., $ 18.00 (ISBN 9780801097454).Hans Boersma is Professor of Theology at Regent College in Vancouver. His name is a guarantee that his new book, Sacramental Preaching, does not have as its objective to make the sermon the outstanding sacrament or even the only sacrament. Owing to the long-standing influence the church fathers have exerted on him, Boersma honors and upholds the sacraments of the church. This new book from his hands is about the hidden presence of Christ in scripture. According to the church fathers’ sacramental vision of the world, all created realities participate in heavenly realities. More specifically, all created things point upward to Christ as the reality in whom all things hold together. This move from the historical to the spiritual is a vertical or upward move toward eternal reality. According to Boersma, here we find the key to reading the scriptures. The church fathers used to explore three themes in their exegesis of the Old and New Testaments: (1) the hidden, sacramental presence of new covenant realities (Christ, church, and our eschatological future); (2) the believer’s ascent to heaven, based
Journal of Reformed Theology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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