• 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

  • 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

  • Faith of Our Founders: An Interview with Tom Ascol by Tom Ascol

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2012

    TT: How did you first hear the call to ministry, and how long have you been a pastor? TA: I was sixteen years old when I first sensed God calling me to pastoral ministry. It was through the preaching of …Read More

  • 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

  • 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

  • The High Calling of Women by Tom Ascol

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2009

    In big, bold type the January 20, 1992, TIME magazine cover asked the question: “Why Are Men and Women Different?” In much smaller letters, almost as if apologizing, the thesis of the cover story was suggested: “It isn’t just …Read More

  • For the Love of God and Man by Tom Ascol

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2009

    When Paul called the elders of Ephesus to meet him at Miletus for a final opportunity of fellowship and instruction, he warned them of serious problems that would emerge in the church. “I know,” he said, “that after my departure …Read More

  • The War Inside by Tom Ascol

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2009

    The Christian life is a war, and the fiercest battles are those that rage within the heart of every believer. The new birth radically and permanently changes a person’s sinful nature, but it does not immediately liberate that nature …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

  • A Message Worth Fighting For by Tom Ascol

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2009

    Paul’s letter to the Galatians is relentless in its insistence that there is only one, true gospel. Any subtraction from or addition to the saving message of God’s work in Jesus Christ renders the gospel impotent. That is …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

  • 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

  • Lessons from the Fall by Tom Ascol

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2008

    The Gospels depict the arrest and trial of Jesus in a way that shows us not only the insensibility of His accusers, but also His own steadfast faithfulness to the will of God through suffering and humiliation. Our Lord’s …Read More

  • The Horror of Hell by Tom Ascol

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2008

    There is one very serious defect to my mind in Christ’s moral character, and that is that He believed in hell.” So wrote the agnostic British philosopher Bertrand Russell in 1967. The idea of eternal punishment for sin, he …Read More