• Listening and the Pastor by Matthew Miller

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2013

    Pastors sense deeply the frustration of trying to get our message through to our people. Almost daily, our mailboxes are filled with flyers offering seminars on how we can tailor our sermons and use social media more effectively to “break …Read More

  • Unregrettable, Hard Words by Burk Parsons

    2 Corinthians 7:8–9 “For even if I made you grieve with my letter, I do not regret it—though I did regret it, for I see that that letter grieved you, though only for a while. As it …Read More

  • A Pastor’s Love for Christ by Nicholas Batzig

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2013

    Dr. John H. Skilton was professor of New Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia for almost fifty-eight years (1939–1998). He was one of the most scholarly men in the church. Rumors have circulated over the years that he …Read More

  • Desiring God: An Interview with John Piper by John Piper

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2013

    Tabletalk: How did you become a Christian? John Piper: God wakened me from spiritual death when I was a child under the faith-filled instruction and example of my happy, Spirit-filled, mentally healthy, fundamentalist parents. I am told I professed faith …Read More

  • The Preacher’s Character by Rick Gamble

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2013

    The Apostle Paul demonstrated how we can love God and others in our speech. He used words that could sting and rebuke as well as heal and comfort. His ministry was one of words—speaking God’s very own Word …Read More

  • The Pastor’s Example of Evangelism by Steven Lawson

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2012

    In his final letter, Paul charges Timothy, his son in the faith, to “do the work of an evangelist” (2 Tim. 4:5). By these words, the aged Apostle establishes the timeless standard for pastoral ministry, not only for young …Read More

  • From Pastor to President: An Interview with Philip Graham Ryken by Philip Ryken

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2011

    Tabletalk: How did you make the difficult decision to leave the pastorate and enter the academy as president of Wheaton College? Philip Graham Ryken: When the time finally came, making the decision was unexpectedly easy. Eventually God’s will became …Read More

  • A Solemn Discharge of Duty by Tom Ascol

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2009

    One of the most popular sermons I have preached is entitled “How to Fire Your Pastor.” I should have been suspicious when so many people requested copies of it! My purpose wasn’t to advocate such action; rather, I wanted …Read More

  • Too Good to Be True? by Robert Strimple

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2010

    In 1935 I was baptized and then raised in one of the largest “mainline” Protestant denominations. But by age twelve I was so disappointed with the pastors sent to us, all preaching the old liberalism so popular in those years …Read More

  • Congregational Counseling by Eric Bancroft

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2010

    Premarital counseling can be an entertaining exercise for an older couple offering guidance to a younger couple. Across from them sit two individuals eager to wed. Apart from occasional disagreements about planning the ceremony, the soon-to-be-newlyweds are prone to think …Read More

  • God’s Mission Has a Church: An Interview with Ed Stetzer by Ed Stetzer

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2014

    Tabletalk: Please describe how you became a Christian and your current ministry. Ed Stetzer: I grew up on Long Island, outside of New York City, in a nominal Irish Catholic home. My sister was the first in my family to …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

  • Self-Centered Sermons by Sean Michael Lucas

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2011

    Our Son in the Unfaith, We see that you are making progress with your charge. We applaud you for that. The enemy has enough minions preaching His infernal Word faithfully; to see this one begin to totter and swerve from …Read More

  • Faith of Our Founders: An Interview with Tom Ascol by Tom Ascol

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2012

    Tabletalk: How did you first hear the call to ministry, and how long have you been a pastor? Tom Ascol: I was sixteen years old when I first sensed God calling me to pastoral ministry. It was through the preaching …Read More

  • One Family Under God by Tom Ascol

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2013

    He was asking a question that I had heard multiple times during my years as a pastor: “Do you have children’s church?” This time, instead of giving an extensive explanation for our practice of not segregating our church worship …Read More