• Loving Your Neighbors by Praying for Their Churches by Eric Bancroft

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2014

    What’s wrong with that church?” she asked me in a hushed voice as she leaned in close. There I stood in the lobby of our church in 2008 with one of the members looking for insider information. “Which church …Read More

  • In Secret by Derek Thomas

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2014

    According to Jesus, it is what we do in secret that matters most. Jesus is not suggesting that the outward is unimportant—far from it. “What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not …Read More

  • Talking to God by Iain Campbell

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2013

    Both praise and prayer are appropriate and necessary responses to God’s revelation of himself to us. He has spoken to us, and we, in turn, speak to Him. That such communication is possible is due to the fact that …Read More

  • Praying for Politicians by David Robertson

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2013

    Having been a minister for twenty-six years and an editor of a church magazine for some of that time, I can safely say that there is no subject more likely to get you into controversy than the troubled relationship of …Read More

  • The Silence of the Lambs by R.C. Sproul Jr.

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2013

    The world, Paul tells us, knows what’s coming. Romans 1 not only highlights the universal guilt of all men, but, ironically, defines that guilt as the denial of what we know. We know that there is a God and …Read More

  • Christianity, Unplugged by K. Scott Oliphint

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2012

    When was the last time you withdrew? Not the last time you were the only person in the room or in the house — when was the last time you withdrew from contact with anyone else? Jesus “would withdraw” from the …Read More

  • The Puritans on Prayer by Colin Rowley

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2003

    Psalm 66:18 states, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear.” In our present day, how often do we hear the truth that God does not hear the prayers of the unrighteous? In my personal …Read More

  • God-Centered Prayer by Derek Thomas

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2012

    It is easy to be critical of prayer, particularly the prayers of others. Robert Murray McCheyne’s words are often cited because they remain painfully true: “You wish to humble a man? Ask him about his prayer life.” Our prayers …Read More

  • The Gospel and Solitude by Donald S. Whitney

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2011

    When my grandparents married in 1919 and began farming, solitude was a way of life. my grandfather spent most of his days alone in the fields, and my grandmother spent her time alone (until the children came along) in the …Read More

  • The Gospel and Prayer by Donald Whitney

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2011

    Because I teach and write about spirituality, occasionally I’m asked to comment on scientific studies about the efficacy of prayer. The research always seems to include the assumption that one person’s prayers are essentially as acceptable as another …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

  • Fear Factor by Keith Mathison

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2010

    There was one side effect of the 2004 hurricane season that I probably should have expected but did not, and that was the effect it would have on our local meteorologists. As the 2005 hurricane season approached, some of them …Read More

  • Prayers Well Aimed by John Sartelle

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2009

    First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every …Read More

  • Praying for Church Leaders by Robert Norris

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2008

    I am not used to being considered a heretic. Yet recently, when a colleague and I visited a friend who teaches theology at a famous British university, we found ourselves faced with this charge! In a conversation that had quickly …Read More

  • The Blessed Rich in Spirit by R.C. Sproul Jr.

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2008

    There is real poverty in the world, more than we would care to admit. Jesus, after all, told us that the poor would always be with us. But just as all Israel are not Israel, so all the poor are …Read More