• Listening to God’s Word by Eric Watkins

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2013

    Lying somewhere in the home of each person reading this article is a Bible. Maybe more than one. The fact that nearly every Christian in the West has his own Bible is a rather recent privilege. For roughly the first …Read More

  • Ministering by the Life-Giving Spirit by David Hall

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2011

    Following a 1970s Jesus Movement conversion, I served in youth ministry, where I subjected poor students to nearly every fad imaginable — all, I told myself, to have young people come to Christ. I then served as a pastor, an office …Read More

  • Reflecting Sin: The Pedagogical Use of the Law by David Murray

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2011

    Ouch!” That first look in the mirror every morning doesn’t get any easier, does it? In fact, I’d rather do without looking in mirrors at all. And I might get away with it — for a few days. Because …Read More

  • The Acts of the Spirit and the Apostles by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2010

    You might be surprised to learn that Saint Andrew’s, the church where Dr. Sproul and I serve as pastors, has many members who have come from Pentecostal and charismatic churches. When they join our congregation I urge them not …Read More

  • The Key of Paradise by Thabiti Anyabwile

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2009

    By these words he explains that, in order that the shedding of his sacred blood may not be nullified, our souls are cleansed by the secret watering of the Spirit. For the same reason, also, Paul, in speaking of cleansing …Read More

  • Expectant Christians by Iain Campbell

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2008

    I would be devastated if my Christian teenage daughter became pregnant outside of marriage. It wouldn’t be the unforgivable sin, I know, but in a world of enticements we are never out of danger. Today’s young Christians are …Read More

  • Higher Criticism by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2008

    About ten years ago I had the opportunity to study under the late Dr. Harold O. J. Brown (1933–2007) at the Evangelical Preacher’s Seminary in Wittenberg, Germany. Dr. Brown was known by his students for his oral examinations …Read More

  • “I believe in the Holy Spirit” by Kay Arthur

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2004

    Modern Bible translations are in the news these days, sometimes for controversial reasons. But one universal benefit of them is that the Holy Spirit is no longer referred to as “it.” Curiously a chief culprit here is the much-loved King …Read More

  • The Wind Blows Where it Wills by O. Palmer Robertson

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2004

    Who has seen the wind?
    Neither you nor I.
    But when the trees bow down their heads,
    The wind is passing by.
    This little poem for children by Christina G. Rossetti captures at once something of the wonder of the …Read More

  • The Breath of God by Derek Thomas

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2004

    Creation The ancient hymn Veni Creator Spiritus, composed in the eighth century and part of the Roman breviary of Vespers, is a hymn extolling the Holy Spirit. John Dryden’s magnificent translation renders the opening lines this way: “Creator Spirit …Read More

  • Footprints in the Sand by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2004

    The Holy Spirit leaves no footprints in the sand. He is not a physical being. He has no body or form, no hands or feet. He is invisible — He cannot be seen, and He cannot be heard. He is a …Read More

  • Perseverance of the Saints by Douglas Kelly

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2004

    In my many years as a professor of theology and conference speaker, one of the questions I am most frequently asked is, “Doesn’t the Reformed (or Calvinist) tradition teach the doctrine of the perseverance of the saints?” “Yes, it …Read More

  • Redemption Applied by Cornelis Venema

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2004

    Between the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, there exists a perfect coincidence of will and purpose. However distinct may be the works appropriate to each person of the holy Trinity, the love and mutual indwelling (John 14:10 …Read More

  • The Holy Spirit by Patrick Lennox

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2002

    Are you Spirit-filled? Have you received the “second blessing”? Are you seeking it? For many, these questions have become the litmus test for the true Christian experience. Sadly, questions such as these leave many confused and disheartened as they await …Read More