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  • 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
  • Links We Liked (7/2/11)

    from Tim Challies Jul 02, 2011 Category: Articles

    Here is a round-up of some of the notable blogs and articles our team read this week. Keep Reading
  • Columns from Tabletalk Magazine, July 2011

    from Tim Challies Jul 01, 2011 Category: Articles

    The July edition of Tabletalk is out. It examines the need for fostering fraternity and real friendship within the community and the church. We analyze the New Testament’s clear call for men to experience solidarity with men and women to enjoy closeness with women. Contributors include R.C. Sproul, John Piper, Matt Chandler, Mike Pohlman, David Temples, and R.C. Sproul Jr. 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
  • Links We Liked (6/18/11)

    from Tim Challies Jun 18, 2011 Category: Articles

    Here is a round-up of some of the notable blogs and articles our team read this week. Keep Reading
  • Whitewashing History?

    from Tim Challies Jun 16, 2011 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

    To borrow a phrase from Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, it is the best of times, the worst of times. That is how one might describe the current movie-saturated era. Certainly, from an entertainment perspective, it is the best of times. While I myself still prefer the classic films of the 40s and 50s, from The Maltese Falcon to The Searchers, it is hard not to be impressed by everything from the special effects in something like Inception to the sheer brilliance of acting in The King’s Speech. Keep Reading

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