• Faith Working Through Love by Chris Donato

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2010

    Presuming to write about what makes a Christian recognizable to the watching world is fraught with peril. The author might be tempted to simply go with the old adage, “Less is more”: You’re a Christian if you confess with …Read More

  • The Many Shades of Calvinism by Paul Helm

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2010

    The term Calvinism was first used by Lutheran theologians to refer to what they regarded as the peculiar views of Christ’s real presence at the Lord’s Supper held by John Calvin and his followers. It is not used …Read More

  • It Can’t Get No Worse? by Keith Mathison

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2010

    In 1967, the Beatles released their album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. One of the classic songs on that album is titled “Getting Better.” Many people are familiar with the catchy, upbeat chorus: “I’ve got to admit …Read More

  • A Summary of the Gospel by Jeremiah Burroughs

    The gospel of Christ is the good tidings that God has revealed concerning Christ. As all mankind was lost in Adam and became the children of wrath, put under the sentence of death, God, though He left His fallen angels …Read More

  • What Is the Gospel? by R.C. Sproul

    There is no greater message to be heard than that which we call the Gospel. But as important as that is, it is often given to massive distortions or over simplifications. People think they’re preaching the Gospel to you …Read More

  • Calvin & Culture, Reconsidered by Gene Edward Veith

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2009

    One of the greatest social scientists credits John Calvin for the rise of capitalism and, by extension, modern Western culture itself. That is quite an influence and quite a tribute to Calvin. Nevertheless, though there is some truth to the …Read More

  • The Wayside and the Rocks by Dan Doriani

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2009

    Matthew 13 begins with three words: “that same day.” They summon us to connect the parable of the sower to the controversy described in the previous passage. Troubles began when Jesus healed a man rendered blind and mute by demonic …Read More

  • Grace Alone by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2009

    Soli Deo gloria is the motto that grew out of the Protestant Reformation and was used on every composition by Johann Sebastian Bach. He affixed the initials SDG at the bottom of each manuscript to communicate the idea that it …Read More

  • The Lie We Believe by C. FitzSimons Allison

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2009

    I wish I had been told when I was young about the lie all of us naturally believe. This lie is explained to us by Jesus when he said to the Jews who had believed on Him: “If you continue …Read More

  • Kiss the Son by R.C. Sproul Jr.

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2008

    There is no such thing as the “More Party.” They do not run campaigns seeking to unseat sitting officials of the “Less Party.” Both “more” and “less” need more context and less ambiguity. We need to know what we are …Read More

  • Only One Way by Bruce Ware

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2008

    Three positions abound today on the question of whether Christ is the only way to salvation. All three can be detected by how each answers these two fundamental questions: First, is Jesus the only Savior? More fully: Is the sinless …Read More

  • The Unspeakable Privilege by John Cobb

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2008

    We are a privileged generation. In fact, we are the most privileged in history. Each generation gains an advantage over the other. We learn, or should learn, exponentially more from history’s successes and failures. We are flooded with knowledge …Read More

  • What About Repentance? by Tom Ascol

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2008

    After four hundred years of prophetic silence, John the Baptist appeared on the scene of redemptive history as the forerunner of Jesus Christ. He came in fulfillment of prophecy and with the spirit of Elijah to be a voice “crying …Read More

  • Falling Short of God’s Glory by Karisa Schlehr

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2006

    While I do not remember much from elementary school, there is one conversation I will never forget. In fourth grade, I took the opportunity to witness to one of my friends. I remember asking her, “If you were to die …Read More

  • Christ and Him Crucified by Cornelis Venema

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2006

    To attempt to summarize the apostle Paul’s doctrine of salvation in the compass of a short essay might seem an act of folly. Yet try we must. Paul’s preaching of the Gospel proceeds from the conviction that Jesus …Read More