• The Apocalypse by Keith Mathison

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2010

    The book of Revelation seems to lend itself to either obsession or neglect. In the first church I attended as a new Christian, our pastor preached through the entire book of Revelation at least twice in a two-year span of …Read More

  • Hebrews— Does it “Do Anything” For You? by Sinclair Ferguson

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2004

    A friend — his face wrinkled in a cheerful grin — described an incident that took place at the end of a conference address I had given recently. One hearer, apparently full of the blessings of the passage I had been trying …Read More

  • The Witness of Mark by S.M. Baugh

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2009

    Matthew contains 97 percent of Mark’s verses. Why, then, do we have Mark, since we could just read Matthew? Two competing theories reply that either Mark was written as a digest of the larger Matthew or that Matthew was …Read More

  • The Letter to the Church in Ephesus by Dennis Johnson

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2009

    Ephesus was the site of the first congregation that Jesus addressed in the Apocalypse, and the New Testament tells us more about the history of this church than about any of the others. Planted by Paul during a brief visit …Read More

  • The Letter to the Church in Pergamum by Chris Donato

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2009

    The late, great American man of letters, John Updike, once wrote, “Sex is like money — only too much is enough.” But modern Americans aren’t the only people who obsess over sex; it has possessed the minds of men for …Read More

  • The Prophets by Bryan Estelle

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2008

    The post-exilic prophets include Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi, and probably Joel. They convey the message of God for this period of time with cumulative clarity since they come at the end of a long age of prophetic indictment against the people …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

  • Seven Applications of Revelation by Dennis Johnson

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2012

    Why did God give us the book of Revelation? If you had asked me this question when I was a young Christian, I might have said, “To help us discover when Jesus will return to earth,” “To help us make …Read More

  • Choose This Day by Niel Nielson

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2008

    Recently, an acquaintance of mine gathered these statistics on the choices available today: 200 cable channels; 255 ways to order a Big Mac; 19,000 possible combinations for coffee at Starbucks and 78,998 for ice cream and toppings at …Read More

  • The Beginning at the End by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2012

    Of all the prayers in the Bible, there is one I am drawn to more often than any other. It is perhaps the shortest prayer in the Bible and is found at the end of the book of Revelation, where …Read More

  • The Witness of Luke by Robert Rothwell

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2009

    Imagine for a moment that you are a citizen of the Roman Empire during the first century. You are living at a time of peace and prosperity under the reign of the caesar, whom many call “lord.” Most of your …Read More

  • Ancient Wisdom for the Future by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2007

    Although attributed in error, Mark Twain is often quoted as saying, “When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be …Read More

  • Ancient Promises by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2005

    The new is in the old concealed; the old is in the new revealed.” This famous statement by Saint Augustine expresses the remarkable way in which the two testaments of the Bible are so closely interrelated with each other. The …Read More

  • The Witness of John by Robert Cara

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2009

    I have just again read through the gospel of John. Yes, it is an amazing book at many levels. At the level of literature, it is enjoyable to read. The vocabulary is fairly simple, but the repeated use of similar …Read More

  • The Year in Books by Keith Mathison

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2010

    I have always enjoyed recommending books, and for the final “Beyond the Wicket Gate” column of 2010, I thought it might be helpful to share some of the significant books that have been published so far this year, books that …Read More