• 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

  • 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

  • The Orthodoxy of Community by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2016

    The love language of all marriages is self-denial. When both husband and wife are consumed not with their own immediate happiness but with the happiness of one another, they will enjoy a happy marriage. The same is true for enduring …Read More

  • True Reformation by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2016

    Awakening is at the very heart of the Christian faith, and it is the reason we are Christians. Awakening is the powerful work of our sovereign and gracious God. When He awakens us, He doesn’t simply awaken us from …Read More

  • With Gentleness and Respect by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2016

    When people first hear the word apologetics, they typically think of our modern use of the word apology. They often conclude that the task of apologetics is apologizing for the Christian faith as if to say we are sorry for …Read More

  • Desiring Contentment by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2015

    God has put eternity in our hearts. He has inscribed heaven on our souls. He created us to long for a perfect world and to desire what is supremely ideal. We want to be fully and finally free from the …Read More

  • Courage and Compassion by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2015

    Homosexual sin is a grievous and heinous sin. While it is indeed true that all sexual immorality is sin—adultery, fornication, pornography—homosexual sin is different. It is a more heinous and grievous sin because, as the Word of God makes clear …Read More

  • The Perspicuity of Scripture by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2015

    One of the most important but often most overlooked parts of our order of service at Saint Andrew’s Chapel is the prayer of illumination. In our liturgy, the prayer of illumination is situated between the reading of Scripture and …Read More

  • Study Bibles: Soli Deo Gloria by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2015

    I was preaching at a church in Bogotá, Colombia, in 2007. The church met in an old warehouse, and although the congregation was rather large, it was quite poor. After my sermon, I met with several pastors from around Bogotá …Read More

  • Blessed Are the Persecuted by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2015

    In 2004, I traveled to Iran with a delegation of Protestant Christians from the United States to meet with the vice president of the Iranian parliament. While in Iran, I preached at the Garden of Evangelism in Tehran, which was …Read More