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  • 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
  • For Glory and Beauty

    from Nathan W. Bingham Feb 07, 2012 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

    The week before Christmas, when I was in third grade, my grandmother took me to downtown Pittsburgh so that I could buy gifts for my family and, for the first time in my life, my girlfriend. I wanted to buy something romantic for her, so I selected a small decorative pin. It looked to me as if it was made of gold, but it really wasn’t. However, I was able to have her initials engraved on the pin, and the lady behind the counter gift-wrapped it for me. It made a nice gift, and when I gave it to my girlfriend, she giggled and swooned over it. That must have been a formative experience for me because, all these years later, I still love to give my then girlfriend-but-now-my-wife jewelry. Keep Reading
  • Soft Hearts, Solid Spines

    from Nathan W. Bingham Feb 02, 2012 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

    The Internet allows unprecedented opportunity for communication between Christians from different theological traditions. The results have not been pretty. Comment threads are the Devil’s playground and blogs his amusement park. And even if we exclude online media, theological bickering between Christians is and has been pervasive. Regrettably, Christians who hold to the Reformed confessions are often viewed by other Christians outside our tradition as some of the least winsome members of what we call the communion of the saints. Keep Reading
  • Columns from Tabletalk Magazine, February 2012

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

    The February edition of Tabletalk is out. This month's issue examines what Jonathan Edwards called charity as described by the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 13:1–13. This passage rings familiar to many people on account of its frequent use (or misuse) in wedding ceremonies and other occasions demanding a proclamation of love. Yet the truth of Christian love as laid out in 1 Corinthians 13 reaches far beyond these settings. Contributors include R.C. Sproul along with Joel Beeke, D.A. Carson, Michael Haykin, Joe Holland, Steven J. Lawson, Keith Mathison, Ray Ortlund, John R. Sittema, R.C. Sproul Jr., and Cal Thomas. Keep Reading
  • One or Two?

    from Nathan W. Bingham Jan 26, 2012 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

    An ideology is taking over the West that is both very spiritual and self-consciously anti-Christian. It intends, ever so subtly, without ever saying so explicitly, to grind the gospel into the dustbin of history. The 1960s was an incredibly formative decade. In 1962, Mircea Eliade, the world expert on comparative religions, observed: "Western thought [he meant Christendom] can no longer maintain itself in this splendid isolation from a confrontation with the 'unknown,' the 'outsiders.'" As if on cue, the "Fab Four" met the Maharishi and introduced the "wisdom of the East" to popular Western culture. Keep Reading
  • Eyes to See

    from Nathan W. Bingham Jan 19, 2012 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

    It was my habit — my sophomoric habit — to proudly argue from my ignorance that we ought always to consider last things last. That is, recognizing the great difficulty in grasping the meaning of the end times and the final book of God’s Word, I thought discretion the better part of valor, and I suggested formerly that we can wait to figure out what the end means until after we have mastered all the other important stuff, like the stuff I was interested in and with which I felt reasonably competent. Keep Reading
  • Salt of the Earth

    from Nathan W. Bingham Jan 17, 2012 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

    That text is often cited as if it were a mandate for the church to engage in political activism — lobbying, rallying voters, organizing protests, and harnessing the evangelical movement for political clout. I recently heard a well-known evangelical leader say, "We need to make our voices heard in the voting booth, or we're not being salt and light the way Jesus commanded." Keep Reading
  • The Things of God

    from Nathan W. Bingham Jan 12, 2012 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

    It is one thing for a student to disagree with his teacher. But it is another thing entirely for a student to rebuke his teacher for his teaching. Yet, that is precisely what the Apostle Peter did. He had the gall to confront the incarnate Word of God, the One who embodies all truth, and rebuke Him for what He was teaching (Mark 8:32). Keep Reading
  • The Beginning at the End

    from Nathan W. Bingham Jan 10, 2012 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

    Of all the prayers in the Bible, there is one I am drawn to more often than any other. It is perhaps the shortest prayer in the Bible and is found at the end of the book of Revelation, where the Apostle John prays, "Come, Lord Jesus" (Rev. 22:20). This little prayer is one we can pray not only on bad days in the midst of life’s trials and sorrows but on good days in the midst of life’s joys and celebrations. It is a prayer motivated by our passion to see our Lord face to face — that He would consummate His kingdom and His marriage to His Bride, bring us into the promised land of the new heavens and earth, wipe every tear from our eyes, put death to death, and make us unable to sin ever again and ever able to worship and rejoice always and forever. Keep Reading

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