• 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

  • 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

  • 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 …Read More

  • The Weight of Shame by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2015

    Shame—we all feel it, or at least we should. We are all sinful, and our sin brings shame. Although shame has all but disappeared from our culture’s vocabulary and is largely ignored by many in the church, it …Read More

  • Bible-Believing, Bible-Obeying by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2015

    As a pastor, I spend much of my time out in the community, and I meet new people every week. When people inquire what I do for a living, I tell them I am a pastor. At that point I …Read More

  • All Things Well by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2015

    Back before electronic calendars and smartphones, many of us used something called a Day-Timer. I got my first professional Day-Timer when I joined the staff of a church at nineteen years old. And though I haven’t used a Day-Timer …Read More

  • What is the Gospel? by Ray Ortlund

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2015

    The great nineteenth-century Princeton theologian Charles Hodge said, “The gospel is so simple that small children can understand it, and it is so profound that studies by the wisest theologians will never exhaust its riches.” The gospel is absolutely fundamental …Read More

  • Which Christ? by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2014

    Christianity is a creedal religion. You cannot separate Christianity from its ancient creeds. In fact, every true Christian adheres to the ancient creeds of the church, whether he knows it or not. We all have creeds. Whether formal or informal …Read More

  • The True Reformers by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2014

    Semper reformanda has been hijacked. It is one of the more abused, misused, and misunderstood slogans of our day. Progressives have captured and mutilated the seventeenth-century motto and have demanded that our theology, our churches, and our confessions be always …Read More

  • Every Jot and Tittle by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2014

    Although we don’t like to admit it, the reason many of us don’t read the Bible regularly is because we are afraid of it. We are afraid of the Bible because we are ignorant of the Bible. Many …Read More

  • Biblically Faithful by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2014

    From my work with Youth for Christ, to my service on foreign missions, to the Christian college I attended, to the pastoral and theological books I read, to the seminary from which I graduated, to the thousands of sermons I …Read More

  • Radically Ordinary by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2014

    The ordinary Christian life is not the opposite of the radical Christian life. The ordinary Christian life is a radical life. The ordinary Christian life is a life of daily trusting Christ; daily repenting of our sins; daily abiding in …Read More

  • Forerunner of the Reformation by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2014

    John Wycliffe was the morning star of the Reformation. He was a protestant and a reformer more than a century before Martin Luther ignited the Protestant Reformation in 1517. Through Wycliffe, God planted the seeds of the Reformation, He watered …Read More

  • Contending for Peace and Purity by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2014

    I spent my first year of college at a second-degree separatist school that was founded by the Bible Presbyterian Church. The men who founded the college were colleagues of Carl MacIntyre, Allan MacRae, J. Gresham Machen, and Bob Jones Jr …Read More

  • Reformed (Covenant) Theology by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2014

    My theological journey to Reformed theology was not an easy one. For more than two years I fought against the doctrines of grace with all of the free will I could muster, until I came to my knees and admitted …Read More