• Family Authority by Denise Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2009

    It has wisely been said, “He who defines the terms wins the debate.” For many years we have, as a nation, been engaged in a battle over defining the nature of the family. On one side are those who say …Read More

  • Covenant Prosecutors by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2008

    I don’t remember the exact words. They went something like this: “He was a thundering paradox of a man.” These words served as the opening lines of William Manchester’s classic biography of General Douglas MacArthur. In this work …Read More

  • Old-Fashioned Accountability by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2007

    I have a good friend who thinks I am too old-fashioned. Through all the years we’ve known each other, he has never ceased to remind me of his observation. And while I certainly try to maintain an age-appropriate outlook …Read More

  • Reformed Theology Is Covenant Theology by Richard Pratt Jr.

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2010

    Reformed theology is often associated with “covenant theology.” If you listen carefully, you’ll often hear pastors and teachers describe themselves as “Reformed and covenantal.” The terms Reformed and covenant are used together so widely that it behooves us to …Read More

  • One Covenant under God by R.C. Sproul Jr.

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2006

    We are a litigious people. We not only like to sue one another, we like to avoid being sued, and having to sue. That is, we hire lawyers not only to write up contracts, but to help enforce contracts. Handshakes …Read More

  • Covenant and Culture by Gene Edward Veith

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2006

    The word covenant is a theological term. But it is also a cultural term. It has to do with God’s primal design for how human beings, fallen though we be, can live together and form a society. Social philosophers …Read More

  • The Birth of Israel by John Currid

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2005

    The Scriptures have emphasized the wickedness of mankind since the time of the flood. Humanity is no different than what it was prior to the flood. For instance, the line of Ham demonstrates great selfishness and evil, and a strident …Read More

  • The Redemption of Man by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2004

    Throughout history we have wrestled with questions about salvation. In our quest to know the truth about salvation, we have searched everywhere possible. In our search, we have constructed entire philosophies in order to find the answers we want. Religions …Read More

  • The Blueprint of Redemption by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2004

    A persistent tradition claims that upon being mocked by a skeptic with regard to his doctrine of creation, Saint Augustine was cynically asked, “What was God doing before He created the world? Augustine’s alleged reply was: “Creating hell for …Read More

  • Redemption Planned by Don Kistler

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2004

    In Reformed circles, we hear much about the covenants. We are a people who place our trust in God’s covenant faithfulness. We hear about the covenant of grace and the covenant of works, but we hear very little about …Read More

  • Redemption Accomplished by Dennis Johnson

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2004

    Tradition!” sings Tevye. “Without our traditions, our lives would be as unstable as a fiddler on the roof.” As the drama unfolds, this analogy turns from affirmation to lament: Tevye’s daughters marry suitors disapproved by tradition, and in the …Read More

  • Salvation, Past, Present, and Future by Sinclair Ferguson

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2004

    Time past and time present are both together in time future,” wrote T.S. Elliot. His rhythmic words simply and eloquently describe the ordinary flow of history. But the letter to the Hebrews presents a very different perspective on God …Read More

  • Of the Father’s Love by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2004

    As I write this article, I am reminded of the December 15, 2003 issue of the Orlando Sentinel. “CAPTURED,” read the front-page headline, “feared dictator found alone in rat-infested hole.” With sincere wonder, I remember gazing into the eyes of …Read More

  • Family Religion by Melton Duncan

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2007

    I recently was privileged to speak at an ancient country church. It was a rural church, the kind with a fine graveyard, an old bell in the steeple, a formal “ladies parlor,” and a nice family in the fellowship hall …Read More

  • A Mother in Israel by Derek Thomas

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2007

    Jacob, the wily one, after ten or fifteen years, finally returns to Bethel. God has been at work in his life, drawing the wayward patriarch to himself. It has been a difficult journey. It invariably is so when our …Read More