Explaining the Real Presence
Spencer Allen is a lay apologist and Catholic educator in the Jefferson City Diocese. He started and served as president of the non-profit Apologetics from Scratch, formed to spread the Good News in the Mid-Missouri area. Through the AFS apostolate and his individual efforts, he has authored a regular column in the diocesan newspaper, provided the apologetics segment for the television show Our Catholic Life and organized two conferences in the mid-Missouri area, featuring speakers such as Tim Staples and John Martignoni. In the Spring of 2012 he engaged in a public debate with a Church of Christ preacher, discussing the role of Scripture as an authority in the spiritual life of a Christian.
More recently, Spencer authored the book Mackerel Snappers: How to Explain and Defend Even the Most Difficult Teachings of the Catholic Church, which has the imprimatur of Bishop John R. Gaydos of Jefferson City. From the existence of God to specific teachings of the Catholic Catholics, Mackerel Snappers explains and defends God's one, true Church, including many sensitive moral issues. Through his book, Spencer uses personal anecdotes, as well as solid scriptural and logical reasoning, to help readers learn the foundational tools and resources for answering questions and objections and for spreading the Good News.
Spencer is currently principal of St. Joseph Cathedral School, which is in Jefferson City, where he lives with his wife and four children.
Long before the New Testament was a document, it was a sacrament. Jesus called the Eucharist by the name Christians subsequently gave to the latter books of the Holy Bible. It was the "New Covenant," the "New Testament," in his blood. Christians later extended the phrase to cover the books produced by the apostles and their companions; but they did so because these were the books that could be read at Mass. This simple and demonstrable historical fact has enormous implications for the way we read the Bible. In Consuming the Word: The New Testament and the Eucharist in the Early Church, Dr. Scott Hahn undertakes an examination of some of Christianity's most basic terms to discover what they meant to the sacred authors, the apostolic preachers, and their first hearers. Moreover, at a time when the Church is embarking on a New Evangelization he draws lessons for Christians today to help solidify their understanding of the why it is Catholics do what Catholics do.