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  • It’s Not About You

    from Nathan W. Bingham Mar 13, 2012 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

    After a particularly difficult marriage counseling session early in my first year of ministry, I called a mentor to debrief and decompress. He patiently heard me out and then offered a convicting assessment: “It sounds as if you’re more concerned about being right than you are about the couple you are counseling.” I knew immediately that he was right, but I made a mild protest and changed the subject. I didn’t want to face that truth about myself. It’s still hard to face the facts, but I can see now that in many different areas of my ministry, the focus has shifted from selfless service to selfish gain. It’s all about me. Keep Reading
  • The Coming of the Kingdom

    from Nathan W. Bingham Mar 08, 2012 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

    The gospel of Mark is notable for its lack of extended accounts of Jesus' teaching. Furthermore, Mark gives us noticeably fewer parables than do Matthew and Luke. However, in chapter 4 of his gospel, Mark records four parables. He begins with the lengthy parable of the sower, then follows with three short, pithy parables, each clearly communicating one central idea, as do most parables. All three of these parables teach us something about the kingdom of God. Keep Reading
  • Theological Narcissism

    from Nathan W. Bingham Mar 06, 2012 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

    Our self-centeredness is the heart of our pride and the foundation of our rebellion against God. We not only want to know as God knows, we want to inform God in what He knows. Just as our archnemesis deceived our first parents, so we, too, often fall prey to his schemes when we ignore God's law, negotiate our selfish desires with God, compromise His truth, rationalize our sin, and then attempt to hide from Him by closing our eyes and pretending He doesn't see us. Keep Reading
  • Columns from Tabletalk Magazine, March 2012

    from Nathan W. Bingham Mar 01, 2012 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

    The March edition of Tabletalk is out. This month's issue explores the narcissism that radically pervades contemporary culture. Scripture speaks of improper self-love often, constantly combating this destructive tendency, which is stimulated by sin and affects everyone in society, from the least to the greatest. This issue aims to encourage believers to think properly about themselves and the gifts God has bestowed upon them for the good of the church. Contributors include R.C. Sproul along with Elyse Fitzpatrick, Kelly Kapic, Eric Landry, Jonathan Leeman, John MacArthur, Stephen Meyer, Richard Phillips, Harry Reeder, R.C. Sproul Jr. and Carl Trueman. Tabletalk features articles about topics central to the Christian faith and daily, in-depth Bible studies with featured columns by contributors such as Michael Haykin and David Murray. Keep Reading
  • True Love

    from Nathan W. Bingham Feb 28, 2012 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

    God is love, and love never fails because God never fails. Love cannot be separated from God and cannot exist without Him. God’s love is the foundation and definition of love, just as He is the source, fountain, sustainer, and enabler of love. God gives meaning to love, and without Him, love isn’t only worthless but meaningless. Without God as its source and center, that which humans conceive of as love is impatient and unkind, envious and boastful, arrogant and rude, always insisting on its own way, irritable, resentful, rejoicing in wrongdoing and falsehood. Without God, love is nothing more than a hateful lie of Satan. Keep Reading
  • A Child’s (Mis)understanding

    from Nathan W. Bingham Feb 23, 2012 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

    Like many, I have watched my fair share of films over the years, and the vast majority have been quite forgettable. There are a small number that I enjoyed enough to purchase in order to watch them again. But there are very, very few that were so powerful in one way or another that they have stayed with me years after seeing them. (I am still not sure I will ever forgive Walt Disney for the trauma inflicted by Old Yeller.) Keep Reading
  • Theology and Doxology

    from Nathan W. Bingham Feb 21, 2012 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

    In December 1967, D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones gave an address to what was then known as the Puritan Conference, speaking on what some might have considered an esoteric topic: the teachings of a small eighteenth-century movement known as Sandemanianism. Ever a believer in the value of church history for guidance in the present, Lloyd-Jones argued that the errors of this movement had much to teach his hearers, for he felt that there were far too many in contemporary evangelical circles who were replicating the central Sandemanian error, namely, that true faith can be held without deeply felt affections. Keep Reading
  • Repairing the Ruins: An Interview with Cal Thomas

    from Nathan W. Bingham Feb 16, 2012 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

    Tabletalk: Evangelical Christians took center stage in American politics during the years when the Moral Majority was prominent. Was that a good thing or a bad thing for the Church? Why? Keep Reading
  • Smart is Not a Fruit

    from Nathan W. Bingham Feb 14, 2012 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

    Leave it to Reformed people to miss the point. When Paul describes the body of Christ as a body, part of which includes hands, ears, and so forth, we are quick to mark our territory — we are the brain of the church. We are the ones who are so rightly careful about our theology. The great minds of the church have been Reformed, and one could certainly argue that the greatest mind, theological or otherwise, ever to grace our North American shores was one Jonathan Edwards. Keep Reading
  • Love’s Shroud

    from Nathan W. Bingham Feb 09, 2012 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

    If, as Jonathan Edwards proposed, heaven is "a world of love," then love is pure, intense, and uncommon. But even here in this world, God wants us to display something of His heavenly love: "Above all, keep loving one another earnestly" (1 Peter 4:8). The Apostle Peter explains here why heavenly love matters, what heavenly love means, and how heavenly love behaves. Keep Reading

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