If the Word of Christ is approached apart from His Holy Supper, then it can only be regarded as information to be agreed upon, accepted and assented to. But if the Word of Christ is heard as leading to His Altar and culminating in His Body and Blood, then it is received as the speaking of the Word-made-Flesh, as the giving of His person and His work in the present-tense; then it is embraced, not only with the mind, but with the heart, soul and body; it is not simply agreed upon as true, but trusted and loved as the Truth Himself.
A sword in the hat is better than a foot in your mouth. All the better if it is that double-bladed sword that slices and dices between bone and marrow. But I have always liked to sort things out by thinking out loud with friends and colleagues. And since my opportunities to do so are limited, I figure I can multiply my thinking and sorting here.
Married 31 years, my wife and I have had ten children born to us (six boys, four girls); we have another son and daughter by marriage (and will soon have another daughter by marriage), a son who went ahead of us to heaven from the womb, six grandchildren and counting. I was ordained in 1996, and have been the pastor of Emmaus since then. I have a Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies from the University of Notre Dame (2003), and an S.T.M. from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana