• Our Only Mediator by Kim Riddlebarger

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2009

    Q. But who now is that Mediator, who in one person is true God and also a true and righteous man? A. Our Lord Jesus Christ, who is freely given unto us for complete redemption and righteousness. (Heidelberg Catechism, Q …Read More

  • The Resurrection of Jesus by Jerry Bridges

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2008

    This article on the resurrection of Jesus appears at the time of year when we are focusing on His birth, not His death and resurrection. To stop and think about the resurrection may seem like an unnecessary aside to the …Read More

  • Former Things by Scotty Smith

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2007

    Having read this incredible collage of articles on God’s kingdom in this Advent season edition of Tabletalk, hopefully you’re beginning to wonder how to “bring home” all this rich theology to your context and community. What are some …Read More

  • Wisdom and Redemption

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2007

    How strange Joseph’s behavior towards his brothers appears to us today! Why does he not simply welcome his family as friends, tell them all is forgiven, and send for his father and his brother Benjamin? Why does Joseph …Read More

  • Our Great Reward by Derek Thomas

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2006

    In June 2006 in this section we commented on the way in which the story of redemption focuses on Abraham’s “seed” as the line by which the Messiah will come to save God’s people from their sins (Gen …Read More

  • Resolved Tensions by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2004

    We live in a world of tensions. We are a holy people who have been set apart from the world and yet called to live in the world as a light to the world. We are strangers in a strange …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

  • United in Truth by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2004

    During the second half of the twentieth century, post-Christian societies throughout the world began to shout the mantra “unity is god!” In attempting to liberate themselves from the truths upon which they were established, they bound themselves to a law …Read More

  • Death Conquered by John Hill

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2004

    In his letter to the Romans, Paul teaches us that all have sinned, then he reveals the wages of sin — death! Death for sin — isn’t that a little harsh? We don’t like to think about such things. Maybe …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

  • The Goal of Redemption by Mike Chastain

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2004

    Not long ago, as I was watching the movie Apollo 13, I was really impressed with the nail-biting scene where the damaged capsule approached the earth’s atmosphere and the astronauts had to recalculate their trajectory of reentry. Slide rules …Read More

  • The Only Redeemer by Douglas Kelly

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2004

    The heart of Hebrews chapter 2 is conveyed to us by an unsophisticated, and yet very profound old Gospel hymn: “No angel could his place have taken; High of all the High though he; The Loved One on the cross …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

  • 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