• Discerning Entertainment by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2017

    My maternal grandfather, James Robson Featherstone (1915–1995), was born in Wallsend, England, and immigrated to America when he was thirteen years old. A talented singer, he rose to prominence during the big band era in Chicago in the early 1940s …Read More

  • The Courage to Be Reformed by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2017

    When we come to grasp Reformed theology, it’s not only our understanding of salvation that changes, but our understanding of everything. It’s for this reason that when people wrestle through the rudimentary doctrines of Reformed theology and come to comprehend …Read More

  • Every Thought Captive by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2017

    In our day, many Christians have a view of church history that is a popular, but unfortunate, caricature. They believe the church started in the first century, but then soon fell into apostasy. The true faith was lost until Martin …Read More

  • The Religion of Secularism by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2017

    In God we trust” officially became the national motto of the United States in 1956 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed it into law. Originally implemented in part to distinguish the United States from the Soviet Union and its explicit …Read More

  • Joy in Christ Alone by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2017

    Christianity is a religion of joy. Real joy comes from God, who has invaded us, conquered us, and liberated us from eternal death and sadness—who has given us hope and joy because He has poured out His love within our …Read More

  • True Success by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2017

    Well done. Great job. Good work. As children, we loved to hear words of encouragement from our fathers, mothers, grandparents, teachers, and coaches. I fondly remember my father’s approving smile and my mother’s loving embrace when I did …Read More

  • God Never Forgets Us by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2016

    We are a forgetful people. We too often overlook the majesty of creation and how it directs our gaze to our sovereign, holy, and gracious Creator. We forget to give God glory for creating us and for sustaining us. We …Read More

  • Mature in Christ by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2016

    One of the greatest joys of pastoral ministry is preaching the Word of God to the people of God every Lord’s Day, morning and evening. However, it is also one of the greatest challenges of pastoral ministry. The challenge …Read More

  • Truth and True Peace by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2016

    On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. He did so for the sake of the peace, purity, and unity of the church. His first thesis called the …Read More

  • Our Family Forever by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2016

    In the church, many people assume that men enter pastoral ministry simply out of a desire to be pastors. But such an assumption is far from the truth. God makes men pastors. He calls us, gifts us, equips us, and …Read More

  • Ministering to Addicts by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2016

    As a pastor, I often find myself counseling people with addictions. Having served in local church settings for more than twenty years, I find ministering to addicts and their families to be one of the more difficult, complicated, and sad …Read More

  • The Object of Our Faith by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2016

    We all struggle with doubt. Some Christians struggle with doubt from time to time, and others struggle with doubt every day. We sometimes doubt because of our indwelling sin or because of the weakness of our faith. We sometimes doubt …Read More

  • Legalism vs. Gospel Religion by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2016

    The word religion has fallen on hard times in recent years. Many have tried to pit religion against faith, saying that Christianity isn’t a religion but a relationship. That sounds nice, but that isn’t quite the case. Faith …Read More

  • Reformed Theology & John 3:16 by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2016

    We see it everywhere. From bumper stickers to billboards, from T-shirts to tattoos, from old faded church signs to spray-painted signs along country roads—John 3:16 is everywhere. As such, some Christians have become complacent about the simple truth of …Read More

  • Muslims Need Christ by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2016

    Just before I sat down to write this article, the terrorist group known as ISIS claimed responsibility for another attack in the Middle East. In this latest incident, Muslim terrorists reportedly killed more than twelve people, injured more than twenty-five …Read More