• The Ordinary Christian Pastor by Erik Raymond

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2014

    When you read the word ordinary, what do you think of? Common synonyms include unimpressive, typical, normal, and common. As soon as you attach these synonyms to a noun, you will draw conclusions: My day was typical. The movie was …Read More

  • The Ordinary Christian Church by Sean Michael Lucas

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2014

    Throughout its history, the church has tended to view itself as extraordinary. For example, in the medieval period, the church was an extraordinary place apart from the world, the sacred separated from the profane, the place of salvation, the holder …Read More

  • Cultural Engagement by Russell Moore

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2014

    Early in my ministry, I served as a youth pastor, and like every other evangelical youth minister, I received all the advertisements from youth ministry curriculum-hawkers telling me how I could be “relevant” to “today’s teenagers.” The advertisements promised …Read More

  • The Church: Your Story by Joe Holland

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2014

    Why is this happening to me? What is my purpose in this life? If God is so powerful, then why does He allow me to be treated this way by people who are opposed to Him? Will God ever give …Read More

  • Jesus and the Church by Terry Johnson

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2014

    How many times does Jesus mention the church? I’ve asked that question in a number of forums (Reformed University Fellowship, Sunday school, Drug Court Bible Study, the pulpit, and so on), and have received answers ranging from thirty-six to …Read More

  • Degrees of Separation by David Murray

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2014

    One of the most difficult challenges to address in the Christian life is our relationships with other Christians. It’s like walking a tightrope with heavy weights on each end of our pole. On the one side is the biblical …Read More

  • Contending for Peace and Purity by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2014

    I spent my first year of college at a second-degree separatist school that was founded by the Bible Presbyterian Church. The men who founded the college were colleagues of Carl MacIntyre, Allan MacRae, J. Gresham Machen, and Bob Jones Jr …Read More

  • The Goodness of Gender by Susan Hunt

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2014

    The jarring “It is not good for the man to be alone” was not an “oops” moment in the creation story. Adam’s aloneness was underscored as he named the animals. There was no creature that corresponded to him, who …Read More

  • Gospel Association by Iain Campbell

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2014

    In one of the missionary passages of the New Testament, the Apostle John reported to Jesus that the disciples had seen someone casting out demons in Jesus’ name and had tried to stop him. The reason John gave was that …Read More

  • When God Goes Missing by John Sartelle

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2014

    Why do you go to church? When I ask that question of Christians who attend churches where they are members, I am usually surprised and dismayed by the answers I hear. “I really like our minister. His messages are powerful …Read More

  • Guidelines for Separation by Sinclair Ferguson

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2014

    I stood at the graveside of a dear, gentle, gracious, and generous saint and looked around at the mourners. I was puzzled by the presence of a group of people who had been absent from the earlier church service. Then …Read More

  • Reasons for Separation by Carl R. Trueman

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2014

    Separation is a perennially tricky topic in the Christian church. After all, the Bible has much to say about loving neighbors and enemies, teaching that seems to stand at odds with the notion of separating from someone. Furthermore, at the …Read More

  • What Is the New Covenant Church? by John Tweeddale

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2014

    A churchless Christian is an oxymoron. As John Calvin famously said, echoing the church father Cyprian, “For those to whom God is Father the church may also be Mother.” While the notion of “mother church” may jolt some readers, a …Read More

  • All Nations” and Church Planting by Ed Stetzer

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2014

    The Great Commission. Neither the words “great” nor “commission” are in the text, but the descriptor fits. This “authoritative order, charge, or direction” is “unusually large, extreme, and notable” (borrowing phrases from textbook definitions of both words). But why? The …Read More

  • Ministering to the Sexually Broken: An Interview with John Freeman by John Freeman

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2014

    Tabletalk: What is Harvest USA and why is its mission compelling to you? John Freeman: Harvest USA began in 1983 as a ministry outreach of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. Now an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit, we are also …Read More