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  • The Challenge of Christian Journalism

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

    I am trained as a journalist. And I'm trained as a preacher. You might be surprised to learn there's significant overlap between these callings. Keep Reading
  • The Bible, the Whole Bible, and Nothing but the Bible: An Interview with Eric J. Alexander

    from Nathan W. Bingham May 03, 2012 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

    From as early as I can remember, if anyone had asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would not have hesitated to answer, "I want to be a doctor." I think that might have had something to do with a story my mother often told us of how her life was saved when she was just twenty-one... Keep Reading
  • Columns from Tabletalk Magazine, May 2012

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

    The May edition of Tabletalk is out. This month's issue addresses the subject of controversy. John Newton's letter "On Controversy" provides a launching pad into the discussion, and the core of this issue extracts, explains, and applies the three major sections of the letter that he wrote to a minister preparing to engage another minister regarding orthodoxy. Keep Reading
  • Pleasures Forevermore

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

    So the wisdom of Agur, found in Proverbs 30, reminds us. Though sin knows no tax brackets — the poor can be greedy and the rich envious — peculiar circumstances tend to produce peculiar temptations. Agur fears that should God lead him into poverty, he might be tempted to steal and thus profane the name of God. He fears in turn that should God lead him into great riches, he might forget God. He asks God to protect him, through His providence, from both temptations. Keep Reading
  • God-Centered Preaching

    from Nathan W. Bingham Apr 24, 2012 Category: Tabletalk Magazine preachers we want to connect with the congregation, don't we? We want to be relevant. We want to meet our flocks where they are. We have heard the protests for more "practical sermons." These critics desire sermons that instruct on "how I can be a better self," "how I can deal with stress in my life," or "how I can be more successful." And so, acquiescing to these laments, therapy has replaced theology in much contemporary preaching. The self has acquired center stage, and God, if He is there at all, has been marginalized. The focus has shifted from God, who He is and what He has done, to self and our activity, our needs, and our experiences. The assumption, of course, is that theology is not practical, that the study of God is irrelevant for our daily lives. But nothing could be further from the truth. What our people need is God-centered preaching. Keep Reading
  • Between Two Worlds: An Interview With Justin Taylor

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

    Tabletalk: What led you to start a blog? Justin Taylor: One of my favorite parts of elementary school was "show and tell." I've always enjoyed sharing with others those things that I find fascinating. Eight years ago, I would regularly send a small group of friends items of interest on the Internet, and blogging seemed like a natural extension of what I was already doing, except for a wider audience. My assumption was that many Christians are already on the web every day. My goal is simply to put before them a steady stream of edifying links, excerpts, and notices that will help us all grow in godliness for God's glory. Keep Reading
  • Not So Fast

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

    When Jim and Sandra (not their real names) asked me about leaving their church, I said, "Not so fast." Since then, I've counseled a number of couples and individuals in similar situations. And whenever the issue at hand does not concern biblical fidelity or theological compromise, I usually give the same caution about leaving a church: "Not so fast." Keep Reading
  • The Secret of Contentment

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

    Contentment is one of the most difficult Christian virtues to attain. Almost four hundred years ago, Jeremiah Burroughs referred to the "rare jewel" of Christian contentment. It is safe to say that contentment is no more common in our day than it was in Burroughs'. Yet, it remains one of the most crucial virtues. A contented Christian is the one who best knows God's sovereignty and rests in it. A contented Christian trusts God, is pure in heart, and is the one most willing to be used of God — however God sees fit. Keep Reading
  • Fixing Our Eyes on Jesus

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

    The twentieth-century British pastor D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones said, "If we only spent more of our time in looking at Christ we should soon forget ourselves." Fixing our eyes on Christ is the first step and the entire path of the Christian life. Keep Reading
  • The Challenge of Same-Sex Unions

    from Nathan W. Bingham Apr 05, 2012 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

    In the world but not of the world? From the very beginning, the church has faced the challenge of responding to external events, trends, ideologies, and controversies. By definition, the church does not get to choose these challenges, but they have been thrust upon Christians by the world. The question always comes down to this: What now? Keep Reading