Wine or Grape Juice

Over the past months I have had several posts dealing with Christian liberty and the use of wine, particularly in the Lord’s Supper.  Those were edited snippets from an article which has now been published in Ordained Servant, “Wine or Grape Juice: Theological and Pastoral Reflections on the Fruit of the Vine in Communion”:  here.  In it I reference a crucially important article on Christian liberty, John Murray’s “The Weak and the Strong.”  Since writing the article I have discovered an online source for Murray’s article, and I commend it for your reading, found here. It is my prayer that this discussion will help the church take seriously the sacraments, without falling into the error of thinking that they work mechanically or apart from faith.  A Biblical balance is crucial!