• Dante on Virtue and Vice by Cornelis Venema

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2008

    Dante ranks right up there with Shakespeare and Homer as the greatest writers of our civilization. Though the Italian poet, who lived from 1265 to 1321, embodies the High Middle Ages, he is sometimes called a proto-reformer for his bold …Read More

  • The Belgic Confession by Cornelis Venema

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2008

    The Belgic Confession is one of the best known and most loved of the Reformed confessions. Philip Schaff, the venerable historian of the church and her confessions, observes that it is “upon the whole, the best symbolical statement of the …Read More

  • A Future Justification Based on Works? by Cornelis Venema

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2010

    One of the remarkable features of N.T. Wright’s reformulation of the Protestant doctrine of justification is his emphasis upon a “future justification” on the basis of works. According to Wright, the apostle Paul clearly teaches that believers will …Read More

  • Redemption Applied by Cornelis Venema

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2004

    Between the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, there exists a perfect coincidence of will and purpose. However distinct may be the works appropriate to each person of the holy Trinity, the love and mutual indwelling (John 14:10 …Read More

  • Christ and Him Crucified by Cornelis Venema

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2006

    To attempt to summarize the apostle Paul’s doctrine of salvation in the compass of a short essay might seem an act of folly. Yet try we must. Paul’s preaching of the Gospel proceeds from the conviction that Jesus …Read More

  • Reigning with Christ by Cornelis Venema

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2013

    One of the primary themes in the book of Revelation is the paradox of the Christian life. Believers are united to Christ, the Lamb who was slain but now reigns as the Lion from the tribe of Judah (Rev. 5 …Read More

  • The Letter to the Church in Philadelphia by Cornelis Venema

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2009

    Many evangelical churches in North America are scrambling to find strategies that will enable them to reach out effectively with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Despite a rich heritage of gospel teaching on this continent, there is a sense of …Read More

  • The Church and Israel: The Issue by Cornelis Venema

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2012

    Throughout the history of the Christian church, the question of Israel’s place within God’s redemptive purposes has been of special importance. In modern history, with the emergence of dispensationalism as a popular eschatological viewpoint and the establishment of …Read More

  • Interpreting Revelation by Cornelis Venema

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2012

    The interpretation of the book of Revelation has often proven difficult throughout the history of the Christian church. Though it is little more than a piece of scholarly gossip, some have even suggested that the Reformer John Calvin, one of …Read More

  • Faith and Works by Cornelis Venema

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2014

    Some years ago, I read an article in which the author argued rather vigorously against the teaching that believers are justified by grace alone through faith alone on account of the work of Christ alone. According to this author, the …Read More