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  • Amazing Love

    from Tim Challies Jul 21, 2011 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

    This month's issue of Tabletalk includes an article from John Piper titled "Amazing Love." It begins like this: The love of Christ for us in His dying was as conscious as His suffering was intentional. “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us” (1 John 3:16). If He was intentional in laying down His life, it was for us. It was love. “When Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end” (John 13:1). Every step on the Calvary road meant, “I love you.” Keep Reading
  • An Interview with Matt Chandler

    from Tim Challies Jul 19, 2011 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

    Matt Chandler serves as lead pastor of the Village Church in Flower Mound, Texas. He has become a leader in the evangelical world through his ministry at the Village Church, his involvement in the Acts 29 Church Planting Network, his teaching at multiple conferences, and most recently through his faithful witness to Jesus Christ while battling a malignant brain tumor. Keep Reading
  • A Sacrificial Ethic

    from Tim Challies Jul 14, 2011 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

    Paul the apostle wrote to the Romans, encouraging them to “present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship” (12:1). The notion of sacrifice may seem foreign to our contemporary ears today, but it certainly would not have been so during the first century when the apostle penned these words. In fact, the image of sacrifice was implicit in just about everyone’s understanding of worship in antiquity. It makes perfect sense, therefore, for Paul to exhort his readers to spiritual worship using the imagery of sacrifice. Keep Reading
  • A Culture of Sacrifice

    from Tim Challies Jul 12, 2011 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

    It was October 25, 2007, and the moon shone brightly over the rugged terrain of eastern Afghanistan. Elements of 1st Platoon, B Company (173rd Airborne Brigade), walked cautiously back to their outpost after completing their assigned mission. But unknown to them, an unseen enemy waited in ambush. In the three minutes of confusion and chaos that comprised this surprise attack, then Specialist Sal Giunta responded under the intense enemy fire with such courage that he was nominated for, and eventually received, America’s highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor. When asked why he braved incessant machine-gun and small-arms fire during the ambush to charge the enemy alone in search of one of his fellow soldiers, his straightforward reply was, 'He would have done the same for me.' Keep Reading
  • The Bonds of Brotherhood

    from Tim Challies Jul 07, 2011 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

    This month's Tabletalk examines the need to foster fraternity and genuine friendship within the church. In his contribution to the issue R.C. Sproul ponders the word fraternity. "Fraternity … what does this word mean? It can refer to several distinct types of associations or relationships, and the church can learn valuable lessons by exploring these in more depth. The term fraternity may prompt us to recall the motto of the French Revolution: 'Liberty, Fraternity, Equality.' Fraternity, along with equality and liberty, ranked right at the top of the concerns of that revolution." Keep Reading
  • A Generation of Heroes

    from Tim Challies Jul 05, 2011 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

    Satan watches for those vessels that sail without a convoy,” wrote Puritan pastor George Swinnock (1627–1673). Every individual knows he was created for community. Isolation is the Devil’s playground, and our Enemy is on the lookout for the Christian who thinks he can stand alone in independent isolation from the fellowship, accountability, and encouragement of faithful brothers and sisters. Keep Reading
  • The Rest of the Story

    from Tim Challies Jun 30, 2011 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

    Obedience is a rather narrow road. Disobedience, on the other hand, has a great, sweeping plain of options. Because we are like the Pharisees, we find it easy to convert the law of God into sundry sins of omission. We’re much better at not doing what we’re not supposed to do than we are at doing what we’re supposed to do. Thus, we reduce the Sabbath to all the things we’re not allowed to do. We work at fine-tuning the definition of “work” so we can make sure we don’t do it on the Sabbath. In so doing, as is our wont, we miss the point. Keep Reading
  • The Perils and Promise of Social Media

    from Tim Challies Jun 28, 2011 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

    Church leaders today find themselves caught between two equally valid but competing realities. Social media have become valuable, even necessary, tools for teaching and exercising leadership. Yet Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and blogs cannot substitute for the local church, which is a living testimony to Jesus Christ. Striking the right balance requires wisdom and discernment to prioritize the local church while learning the strengths and weaknesses of social media. Keep Reading
  • Caring for Our Families

    from Tim Challies Jun 23, 2011 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

    Here is a brief excerpt from John Piper's article in the current issue of Tabletalk magazine. "A few years ago I wrote a short book on justification that was published by Crossway under the titleCounted Righteous in Christ. In one section of it I ask, 'Why would a pressured pastor with a family to care for … devote so much time and energy to the controversy over the imputation of Christ’s righteousness? Well, it is precisely because I have a family to care for, and so do hundreds of my people.' Here is part of the answer I wrote in chapter one of the book... Keep Reading
  • An Interview with Peter Hitchens

    from Tim Challies Jun 21, 2011 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

    Many Christians are aware of the hostile atheism of Christopher Hitchens. However, few Christians are aware that his brother, Peter, was also for many years antagonistic toward Christianity and a self-avowed atheist like his brother. Unlike Christopher, however, Peter is a prodigal son who has returned home. The story of the way God used simple beauties, such as architecture and painting, to draw Peter to faith is truly moving. Many Christians have wondered what is going on inside the heads of atheists to make them so angry. In this interview from the June issue of Tabletalk Peter Hitchens gives us a glimpse into his life and thought as a Christian who was converted from atheism. Keep Reading

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