• The Holiness of Pastors and Patriarchs by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2007

    As I write this article I am sitting comfortably in a hotel lobby in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This morning, as I walked to the hotel in sub-zero temperatures, while massive, mid-western snowflakes kept falling on my head, during the coldest spell …Read More

  • Hope For the Broken by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2011

    Every home is dysfunctional because everyone is sinful. There is no perfect family this side of heaven, and if we were perfect parents, neither we nor our children would need a Savior. When we consider the state of the family …Read More

  • The Heresy of Indifference by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2015

    Doctrine matters—it matters in life and in death. Our doctrine determines our destiny. It not only affects our view about God but our view about everything. We are doctrinal beings by nature. Everyone holds to some sort of doctrine; the …Read More

  • Old-Fashioned Accountability by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2007

    I have a good friend who thinks I am too old-fashioned. Through all the years we’ve known each other, he has never ceased to remind me of his observation. And while I certainly try to maintain an age-appropriate outlook on …Read More

  • United in the (whole) Truth by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2011

    We are prone to partiality. It is our habit not only to have preferences but to establish ourselves and pride ourselves in the preferences we choose. We play favorites and then rally around our favorites as we strive to demonstrate …Read More

  • Paradise Now and Then by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2008

    The movie Paradise Now is the 2005 Golden Globe winner for best foreign-language film. Although I have not yet seen the film, I have been intrigued by the film’s title since it’s release. The story follows two Palestinian childhood …Read More

  • Gospel Religion by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2015

    I have heard people say that the Bible is just a list of do’s and don’ts. People who say that have not read the Bible. In order to combat this sort of thinking, some Christians will quickly respond …Read More

  • A Sower Went Out To Sow by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2009

    Church historian Mark Noll writes, “In many ways, the defining figure in the history of American evangelicalism is the eighteenth-century revivalist George Whitefield.” Prior to America’s declaration of independence from England, the Calvinist preacher from England turned the colonies …Read More

  • It Is Finished by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2002

    Several years ago, I attended a conference that was held at a charismatic church. The building was the size of a small country and, being an inquisitive fellow, I decided to take a little stroll through the church’s many corridors …Read More

  • In God We Trust by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2004

    We want patience, and we want it now. We are a society consumed with instant gratification. If something takes too long, we turn to something faster, and there’s no time to waste. For whatever reason, we are under the impression …Read More

  • Ancient Wisdom for the Future by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2007

    Although attributed in error, Mark Twain is often quoted as saying, “When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be …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 the fact …Read More

  • Keeping the Lord’s Day by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2011

    In the summer of 1999, I was studying the Lutheran Reformation in eastern Germany with a group of fellow American graduate students. After attending a Sunday morning worship service at the Stadtkirche in Wittenberg, where Martin Luther often preached, we …Read More

  • Taking Captive All Things by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2010

    Not too long ago my family and I were eating at a local restaurant known for its home style southern cuisine and quaint family atmosphere. As we were leaving, I couldn’t help but notice a family sitting together, and …Read More

  • Necessary Qualifications by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2005

    When in the course of human language it becomes necessary to qualify the meanings of words, we must unite and defend the correct use of our language against the onslaught of misused phrases, misappropriated adjectives, and misunderstood words. In the …Read More