• Farmers and the Rest of Us by Gene Edward Veith

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2009

    Might there be a time when readers of the Bible will not understand — without a host of reference books — what a sower is? For most of the world’s history, the majority of people made their living from the land …Read More

  • The Perils Facing the Evangelical Church by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2009

    When we consider the predicament that the evangelical church of the twenty-first century faces in America, the first thing we need to understand is the very designation “evangelical church” is itself a redundancy. If a church is not evangelical, it …Read More

  • The Authority of the State by Cal Thomas

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2009

    The late philosopher-theologian Francis Schaeffer taught me to always begin a discussion with a definition. The reason, he said, is that different people define the same word in different ways. Dictionary.com defines authority as “the power to determine, adjudicate …Read More

  • Knowing His Voice by John Muether

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2009

    Mary is a deeply committed evangelical Christian who is eager to work for the transformation of culture. A homeschooling mother of three teenagers, she serves on the board of a crisis pregnancy center, and she devotes Saturday mornings to leading …Read More

  • Judgment and Mercy by John de Witt

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2009

    When I began to consider what I should say in these pages, I found myself pulled in two directions. My first impulse was to lament the spiritual decay that people of my generation have observed at close range and to …Read More

  • Christ and Culture by Keith Mathison

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2009

    In the first centuries following the death and resurrection of Jesus the Messiah and the inauguration of the new covenant under which the people of God became a trans-national people crossing all borders, the church had few choices in the …Read More

  • Not According to Man by Terry Johnson

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2009

    My high school-aged children attend a secular prep school. The process of deciding to educate them there was long and difficult. They spent their lower and middle school years in Christian schools and home school. But in the end, all …Read More

  • Principle Vs. Pragmatism by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2009

    Some years ago, I drove along the Pennsylvania Turnpike about two o’clock in the morning with a friend after having spent all day at a steel corporation in eastern Pennsylvania dealing with labor management issues. My companion was a …Read More

  • Some Dance to Forget by R.C. Sproul Jr.

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2008

    It is a sure sign of the fall that we so egregiously miss what we lost. Jesus calls us to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness precisely because our priorities are all out of line. Even that …Read More

  • Pop Goes the Evangelical by Keith Mathison

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2008

    What do commercialism, the problem of evil, Chick tracts, American Idol, and Francis Beckwith’s recent conversion to Roman Catholicism have in common? Anyone? If you couldn’t come up with an answer, not to worry. One would be hard-pressed …Read More

  • The Secular Canon by Gene Edward Veith

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2008

    When Christians talk about the “canon,” they are referring to the books that comprise the Bible. But non-theological scholars too are debating the “canon.” Not the canon of the Bible, but the canon of the “great books” that comprise our …Read More

  • Sweet Land of Liberty by Gene Edward Veith

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2008

    America is mad for liberty. Ours is a free country. We enjoy freedom of speech and of religion, the freedom of the press, and the freedom to bear arms. And rightly so. But though Americans love freedom, many of them …Read More

  • The Greatest Treasure by R.C. Sproul Jr.

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2008

    C.S. Lewis, in his essay “On the Reading of Old Books,” which is found in the collection of essays, God in the Dock, argues that we are all by nature time bound. This frailty will, of necessity, give us …Read More

  • A Different Kind of Power by John Hutchinson

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2008

    I had just moved to the Washington D.C. area when the call came from a Christian organization on Capitol Hill, asking if I would be the evangelical along with a Jewish rabbi, Roman Catholic priest, and members of Congress …Read More

  • The Pursuit of Happiness by Ken Myers

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2008

    When Thomas Jefferson selected the phrase “the pursuit of happiness” to describe one of the unalienable rights of man, he was appropriating an idea with a very long history. Since the time of Aristotle and before, happiness was understood as …Read More