• Faith and Assurance by Joel Beeke

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2013

    A man and a woman stood hand in hand on the beach. For a time, the only sound was the crashing of waves. Then the man asked, “What are you scared about?” She answered: “I want to marry you more …Read More

  • The Blessing of Persecution by Cal Thomas

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2013

    In this world you will have trouble, but take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33; NIV).
    “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me …
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  • 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

  • Bless Those Who Admonish You by Alexander Strauch

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2013

    Let a righteous man strike me—it is a kindness; let him rebuke me—it is oil for my head; let my head not refuse it” (Ps. 141:5). If there is a religion that unapologetically emphasizes human fallenness, sin …Read More

  • Speed with God by Sinclair Ferguson

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2009

    When Sereno E. Dwight included the seventy resolutions in his biography of his great-grandfather Jonathan Edwards, he added the arresting comment: “These were all written before he was twenty years of age.” Doubtless the resolutions display the marks of relative …Read More

  • Flattery and Foolish Talk by John Sartelle

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2013

    We are witnessing the deconstruction of a civilization. Across our land, the major institutions that are foundational to any nation are in a downward spiral, whether we speak of education, government, business, or the family. Isaiah and Jeremiah were observers …Read More

  • Alone with My Thoughts by R.C. Sproul Jr.

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2013

    It is, of course, a sound and biblical truth that what comes out of our mouths reveals what is in our hearts. And, in turn, it is true that what is in our hearts is desperate wickedness. To be sure …Read More

  • Self-Discipline by Steven Lawson

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2013

    Growth in personal holiness is largely determined by our progress in self-discipline. Without this foundational discipline, there can be no advancement in grace. Before other disciplines can be administered, whether in the home, business, or church, there first must be …Read More

  • Unqualified Christians by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2010

    Words mean things, and, if we’re not careful, words can easily die the death of one, two, or a thousand qualifications. As editors, we often deliberate the use of words in their contexts and the appropriate uses of qualifiers …Read More

  • No Pain, No Gain by Mark Dever

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2005

    Sometimes Scripture is just not obviously true. It is certainly true. Scripture is always true. Sometimes, however, Scripture is just not obviously true to us. At the beginning of James’ letter, we are told that we should “Consider it all …Read More

  • Holy People Are Happy People by John Starke

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2011

    So much could be said of the consequences of sin and impurity for the Christian. And we should speak of them — the Bible certainly does. David, in Psalm 32, described the misery of unrepentant sin as his bones wasting away …Read More

  • Being and Becoming by W. Duncan Rankin

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2010

    Begun in an instant, the normal Christian life is a journey of sanctification in which God’s grace conforms us more and more to the image of His beloved Son. Making sense of this voyage and our sanctification in it …Read More

  • Of Veils and Vales by R.C. Sproul Jr.

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2013

    Abraham, we are told, looked for a city whose builder and maker is God (Heb. 11:10). Jesus promised us that He was going to prepare a place for us (John 14:3). And when history draws to its close …Read More

  • A Sound Principle by R.C. Sproul Jr.

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2014

    Good exegesis will tell us that bad conclusions do not burst forth de novo from bad exegesis. It is valuable, important, even potent for us to have a good grasp of sound hermeneutical principles, to be on our guard against …Read More

  • Resolved to Live and Die by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2009

    My wife’s father, my father by marriage, has served in law enforcement four decades. Having served as an FBI-trained sheriff’s detective in south Florida for many years, he came to be known as “smiling Jack” on account of …Read More