• Preserved by God by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2004

    Winston Churchill is often quoted as saying, “Sure I am of this, that you have only to endure to conquer. You have only to persevere to save yourselves.” Considering what he accomplished in his life, such a statement is …Read More

  • Does Jesus Got You? by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2004

    In 2003, the International Dairy Foods Association celebrated its tenth anniversary of the “Got Milk?” advertising campaign. During the past ten years, just about everyone from Michael Jordan to the Cookie Monster has been featured wearing a milk mustache …Read More

  • The Means of Persevering Grace by W. Robert Godfrey

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2004

    Until the Arminian controversy in the Netherlands in the early seventeenth century, Calvinism did not have five points. Calvinism summarized itself in its great confessions and catechisms and never thought to reduce itself to five points. The Arminians, however, had …Read More

  • Faith Alone by J.V. Fesko

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2012

    In 1647, a group of Reformed pastors and theologians meeting at Westminster Abbey in London completed a set of documents we now know as the Westminster Standards, which include the Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms. The …Read More

  • Secure in God by Robert Rothwell

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2004

    About three years ago, one of my friends admitted to me that he believed that true Christians could lose their salvation. I remember going home that evening quite dismayed that someone with whom I served in ministry actually believed that …Read More

  • Safe and Secure by Curtis Thomas

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2004

    The biblical doctrine of the perseverance of the saints is referred to by several names, for example, “once saved, always saved,” “the security of the believer,” and “the preservation of the believer.” In each case, the doctrine …Read More

  • We’re One, but We’re Not the Same by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2010

    If it’s new, it’s likely not true, and if it’s true, it’s likely not new, or so the saying goes. Generally speaking, when someone uses the word new to describe something old, I’m not only …Read More

  • Privileges Bring Responsibilities by Sinclair Ferguson

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2004

    The letter to the Hebrews, as our studies throughout the year have shown, is full of Old Testament language and ritual. Running throughout it is an ongoing sense that as believers we are on the move, on a pilgrimage through …Read More

  • Perseverance of the Saints by Douglas Kelly

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2004

    In my many years as a professor of theology and conference speaker, one of the questions I am most frequently asked is, “Doesn’t the Reformed (or Calvinist) tradition teach the doctrine of the perseverance of the saints?” “Yes, it …Read More

  • Where Did I Go Wrong? by Robert Rothwell

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2015

    It’s a thrilling episode—Martin Luther, standing before the Diet of Worms, the only faithful Christian in his day, proclaiming his God-given right to read the Bible however he saw fit: “Unless I am convinced by my self-determined understanding of …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

  • For the Glory of God by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2014

    At the church I co-pastor, Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Florida, we are deliberate about making sure that both our church members and visitors understand the doctrinal basis of our fellowship. As a small way of helping to further …Read More

  • For God So Loved the World by R. Scott Clark

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2004

    To many, the topics of common grace and atonement would seem to be mutually exclusive, as if we should either hold to common grace or to definite atonement, but not to both. There are, however, good biblical and theological reasons …Read More

  • Almost Home by Joel Beeke

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2004

    Genuine perseverance and assurance are sorely lacking among Christians today. The fruits of perseverance and assurance — diligent use of the means of grace, perseverance in heartfelt obedience to God’s will, desire for fellowship with God, yearning for God’s glory …Read More

  • Truly Reformed Theology by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2010

    It probably won’t surprise you to learn that no one has taught me more about the Bible and its theology than R.C. Sproul. And it shouldn’t surprise you to learn that no one has taught me more …Read More