• How Do I Apply Doctrine in My Community? by Michael Aitcheson

    God used Gifford Ramsey—with his high-pitched voice, broad shoulders, and big smile—to spur many youngsters and adults to faith. “You say you’re a Christian, then show me—I’m from Missouri, the Show Me state,” he would say. He was my youth …Read More

  • The Gospel in Mexico: An Interview with Victor Cruz by Victor Cruz

    Tabletalk: How did God call you to become a church planter in Mexico City? Victor Cruz: When I finished seminary in 1997, I asked my presbytery if I could start a church somewhere in our field, and we were sent …Read More

  • Uprooted by Rebecca VanDoodewaard

    One spring, I transplanted a hydrangea. It was a last-minute decision, and the attempt involved my digging a hole in one dirt patch, then extracting the plant from another dirt patch in the fifteen minutes I had until my husband …Read More

  • How Should I Feel? by Joe Thorn

    Human beings are emotional creatures. We love or hate, feel happy or sad, angry or joyful. And yet christians sometimes struggle with integrating emotion into their spiritual lives and end up falling victim to dangerous tendencies when it comes to …Read More

  • Whom Do I Trust? by Jeffrey Jue

    College was an exciting time for me as a young Christian engaging in dialogue during the peak of postmodernity’s influence in the university. Students were greatly influenced by Jacques Derrida, one of the fathers of postmodern thinking, who taught regularly …Read More

  • Where Did I Go Wrong? by Robert Rothwell

    It’s a thrilling episode—Martin Luther, standing before the Diet of Worms, the only faithful Christian in his day, proclaiming his God-given right to read the Bible however he saw fit: “Unless I am convinced by my self-determined understanding of Scripture, …Read More

  • When Not to Take Communion by Anthony Carter

    When I was growing up, I did not like going to church. For a young boy in a rural town, church was boring, long, and filled with old, stodgy people singing old, stodgy songs. I would have rather been playing …Read More

  • Helping the Impossible by Mez McConnell

    Listen to Paul speaking in Ephesians 2:14–16 to a church that is dividing on ethnic and social lines: “For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of …Read More

  • Why We Feel Shame by Jeremy Pierre

    Cows don’t feel shame. This amazing fact dawned on me at the Lorain County Fair one particularly mild summer in Ohio. What wasn’t mild was my revulsion at the bulging udders caked with filth on display for the world to …Read More

  • Comfort My People by Michael Lawrence

    Because shame is always hiding, it often catches us by surprise. An unbeliever had been attending my church for several months. Always professionally dressed and well spoken, he often thanked me for my sermons. But nothing in our previous interactions …Read More

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