• Jesus Challenges the Pharisees by Jerry Bridges

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2008

    The Pharisees were the ultimate religious people among the Jews during Christ’s life on earth. Determined not to break any of God’s laws, they had, over time, devised an intricate system of oral tradition to keep them from …Read More

  • Jesus’ Family Tree by Joel Beeke

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2008

    Genealogies are hardly spellbinding. Perhaps, like me, you are tempted to skip them in your Bible reading. Yet genealogies are a significant part of God’s infallible Scriptures. They, too, are “profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction …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 Turning Point by Joel Beeke

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2008

    The turning point in Matthew’s account of Christ’s life and work occurs in chapter 16: “From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of …Read More

  • The Agonizing Prayer by Jerry Bridges

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2008

    Isaiah wrote prophetically of Jesus that He was “a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief” (Isa. 53:3). Though those words were descriptive of His entire life, we see them coming to a climax in the garden of Gethsemane …Read More

  • Thy King Cometh unto Thee by Joel Beeke

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2008

    On the outskirts of the city, Jesus sends two disciples to a nearby village to fetch a female donkey and her colt. The owner of these animals, although unknown to the disciples, is on close terms with Christ, believing in …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

  • The Good Soil by Michael Glodo

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2009

    Can this dirt grow corn?” One cold, blustery, wet Midwestern spring morning I found myself kneeling in a vast, empty field on the expansive central Illinois plain. With a dozen or so fellow geography classmates, I was picking up handfuls …Read More

  • Betrayed by Joel Beeke

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2008

    Matthew 26 offers a series of short but brilliantly lit scenes surrounding the betrayal of Jesus. The chapter opens with Christ announcing the end of His public preaching ministry. After this, He says to His disciples: “After two days is …Read More

  • The Providence of Jesus by Jerry Bridges

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2008

    The feeding of the five thousand, recorded in Matthew 14:13–21, is probably the most well known of all of Jesus’ miracles. It is the only one recorded by all four of the gospel writers (see Mark 6:30 …Read More

  • A Holy Calling by Chris Donato

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2008

    A preacher once paraphrased a bygone theologian as a challenge to his congregation: “To convert one sinner from his way, is an event of greater importance than the deliverance of sub-Saharan Africa from the problem of AIDS.” He went on …Read More

  • It’s Me, O Lord by Jerry Bridges

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2008

    The day after Jesus cleansed the temple, He was confronted by the leaders who questioned His authority to drive out the money changers and merchants. In response to their questioning His authority, Jesus asked them about the baptism of John …Read More

  • Does the Church Know Her Commission? by Denny Burk

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2011

    Have you ever wished you could have a do-over? Have you ever looked back on a situation in which you know that you really botched the job and you just wish you could have another crack at it? That is …Read More

  • The Prevailing Church (Pt. 1) by Simon Kistemaker

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2008

    The word church is fundamentally a Christian word and belongs exclusively to Christianity. Although other religions have terms such as synagogue and mosque, only Christians legitimately call their house of worship “church.” There are churches that are named after places …Read More

  • Mercy for the Impetuous by Chris Larson

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2008

    Peter didn’t just blow it, he blew it badly. “Though they all fall away…I will never fall away” (Matt. 26:33). Peter’s resolution we admire for its confidence and bravery. But it is a statement relying on …Read More