• Revelation-Driven Life by Tom Ascol

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2012

    God wins. If I had to summarize the message of Revelation in just two words, those would be my choice. They not only convey the point of the book but also hint at its main storyline. Despite what some overly …Read More

  • A Solemn Discharge of Duty by Tom Ascol

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2009

    One of the most popular sermons I have preached is entitled “How to Fire Your Pastor.” I should have been suspicious when so many people requested copies of it! My purpose wasn’t to advocate such action; rather, I wanted …Read More

  • The Law of Love by Tom Ascol

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2008

    Life is all about relationships. A significant part of what it means for us to be created in the image of God is to be relational. God Himself is a relational being. Not only does He relate personally to us …Read More

  • Worthy Partaking: Examining the Heart by Tom Ascol

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2006

    Participation in the Lord’s Supper is serious business. At least it is to God. That is not, however, the impression that is given by the way many churches approach this sacrament today. Too often the observance of the Lord …Read More

  • Getting the Gospel Right by Tom Ascol

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2009

    Sometimes, what is not said speaks more loudly than actual words. The silence, as we say, is deafening. In the opening verses of his letter to the churches of Galatia, the apostle Paul employs this communication technique to underscore the …Read More

  • The Forgotten Mark by Tom Ascol

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2008

    Historically, Protestants have argued that there are certain, essential marks that characterize a true church. The Belgic Confession of 1561 identifies these marks as being three in number. In addition to the “pure preaching of the gospel” and the “pure …Read More

  • Sons, Not Slaves by Tom Ascol

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2009

    Have you ever stopped to consider that Christians who live after the coming of Christ are in a more privileged position than Jews who lived before the coming of Christ and even those believers who lived during His first advent …Read More

  • True Greatness by Tom Ascol

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2008

    As Jesus approached His final week leading up to His crucifixion, He spoke plainly to His disciples about the events that were about to unfold in Jerusalem. He wanted them to know that the horrific things that would happen to …Read More

  • The Most Frightening Words by Tom Ascol

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2008

    As Jesus draws His Sermon on the Mount to a close, He makes one of the most frightening statements to be found in Scripture. Martyn Lloyd-Jones calls His declaration the most solemn and solemnizing words ever uttered in this world …Read More

  • Lessons from Nature by Tom Ascol

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2008

    The Bible frequently uses animals as illustrations to help us understand key points about life. In Proverbs, ants are held up as examples of being industrious (6:6), and a lion is used to describe a king’s wrath (19 …Read More

  • For God So Loved the World by Tom Ascol

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2005

    Every Christian believes in limited atonement. That may sound ludicrous to my Arminian friends because it has long been assumed that only Calvinists hold to the dreaded “L” in TULIP. But if the death of Jesus Christ is recognized as …Read More

  • Some Will Apostatize by Tom Ascol

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2009

    The Bible never sugarcoats the painful realities of living in a fallen world. Sin is portrayed in all of its dark hues, and the best of men are acknowledged to be at best, mere men. Similarly, the church is portrayed …Read More

  • One Family Under God by Tom Ascol

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2013

    He was asking a question that I had heard multiple times during my years as a pastor: “Do you have children’s church?” This time, instead of giving an extensive explanation for our practice of not segregating our church worship …Read More

  • Discipline in the Home by Tom Ascol

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2013

    Early in our married life, my wife, Donna, spent two years working as a pediatric nurse at a large children’s hospital. Her unit regularly saw young patients who were in desperate need of medical care, sometimes extreme medical care …Read More

  • A Lingering Obligation by Tom Ascol

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2008

    In 1792 a little-known shoe cobbler published a book in which he argued that the Great Commission remains a duty for every generation of Christians. Within two years the author, William Carey, left his native England and became a missionary …Read More