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  • Being Black and Reformed: An Interview with Anthony Carter

    from Nathan W. Bingham Dec 22, 2011 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

    Tabletalk: Why did you write the book On Being Black and Reformed? Anthony Carter: When I first came into the knowledge of Reformed theology, I was excited and invigorated to share this truth with others. However, I quickly discovered that not everyone found Reformed theology as compelling as I did (go figure)... Keep Reading
  • Divorce

    from Nathan W. Bingham Dec 20, 2011 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

    In 1948, the famous Harvard social historian Pitirim Sorokin wrote an essay in which he sounded an alarm about the rapid disintegration of the stability of the American culture. In this essay, Sorokin pointed out that in 1910 the divorce rate in America was ten percent. Yet from 1910 to 1948, the rate of divorce in America escalated from ten to twenty-five percent. Sorokin indicated that if a quarter of the homes in any given nation are broken by divorce, the stability of the nation cannot endure. Its culture is torn to shreds. Arguing that the family unit is the most basic and foundational unit of every society, he said that when that unit breaks, the society itself suffers a shattered continuity. Keep Reading
  • The Origin of Calvinism

    from Nathan W. Bingham Dec 15, 2011 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

    Of course, like every other man besides Jesus Christ, John Calvin was imperfect. His renown is not owing to infallibility but to his relentless allegiance to the Scriptures as the Word of God in a day when the Bible had been almost swallowed up by church tradition. He was born in July 1509, in Noyon, France, and was educated at the best universities in law, theology, and classics. At the age of twenty-one, he was dramatically converted from tradition-centered medieval Catholicism to radical, biblical, evangelical faith in Christ and His Word. Keep Reading
  • Rest for Restless Hearts

    from Nathan W. Bingham Dec 13, 2011 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

    Stroll into a bookstore these days and you will likely find a large area labeled “Self-Help,” “Motivation,” or “Personal Transformation.” Go ahead, browse the volumes found here. Some are curiously interesting, and some will just make you laugh. Several books will seek to convince you that your main problem in life is that you aren’t tapped into the secret power that dwells inside of you. Something — a child, a serpent, a Buddha, and, yes, even a dolphin — simply needs to be “awakened,” and then you will become happy, healthy, and wise. Keep Reading
  • Holy People Are Happy People

    from Nathan W. Bingham Dec 08, 2011 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

    So much could be said of the consequences of sin and impurity for the Christian. And we should speak of them — the Bible certainly does. David, in Psalm 32, described the misery of unrepentant sin as his bones wasting away (v. 3). His energy was dried up as he felt God's displeasure. But the warnings of misery for the backsliding believer should also be coupled with the joys of holiness. There is real joy when we turn from evil and delight in the Lord and His ways. Keep Reading
  • Columns from Tabletalk Magazine, December 2011

    from Tim Challies Dec 01, 2011 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

    The December edition of Tabletalk is out. This month's issue examines the brokenness afflicting all households and seeks to offer hope amid the turmoil through the gospel of Jesus Christ. It aims to provide wise biblical direction for all readers as we seek to live out the gospel in caring daily for our own families and other families around us. Contributors include R.C. Sproul, John Piper, Scott Anderson, John Starke, Anthony Carter, Burk Parsons, and R.C. Sproul Jr. Keep Reading
  • God’s Hammer

    from Tim Challies Nov 22, 2011 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

    Sometimes, indeed often, we build and maintain our paradigms for our own comfort. Our worldviews are usually less the result of careful, dispassionate, sober-minded analysis and more the result of self-serving, special pleading, rationalization of our sin. We believe not because these beliefs commend themselves to our minds but because in our minds the beliefs commend us. It is these habits of our desperately deceitful hearts that make us miss the voice of God. He speaks, but we hear what we want to. Keep Reading
  • What Kind of Unity?

    from William W. Goligher Nov 17, 2011 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

    Thomas Manton, a seventeenth century minister, once wrote, “Divisions in the church breed atheism in the world.” Certainly the lack of unity in the church distracts minds, breaks hearts, squanders energy, and inhibits evangelism. Unity in the church is important to God. John 17 has been described as “a standing monument of Christ’s affection to the Church.” Keep Reading
  • Keep the Presence of God

    from Tim Challies Nov 15, 2011 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

    On vacation, I kept a copy of Jonathan Edwards’ sermons on my bedside table as a way of going to sleep with a God-centered mind. One of those sermons was called “Keeping the Presence of God.” It was preached on a colony-wide fast day in April 1742. The second wave of the First Great Awakening had crested in the vicinity, and Edwards was seeing both the good and bad fallout of revival. He saw spiritual dangers lurking everywhere. In the next year, as he preached his famous series on the religious affections, he would become the most careful analyst and student of human hearts that had been wakened in the revival. What he saw in those hearts was mixed. Keep Reading
  • From Pastor to President

    from Tim Challies Nov 10, 2011 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

    Philip Graham Ryken is the president of Wheaton College, where he also teaches theology. Prior to his appointment as president of Wheaton in July 2010, Dr. Ryken served as the pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia for ten years. This month's issue of Tabletalk features a fascinating interview with Dr. Ryken in which he answers questions like these... Keep Reading

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