• Knowledge Without Zeal by R.C. Sproul Jr.

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2012

    When Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, describes the church as the body of Christ, he speaks more wisely than we fools tend to hear. As is the habit of the modern evangelical church, we take the full …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

  • The Prevailing Church (pt. 2) by Simon Kistemaker

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2009

    As we saw in last month’s installment of “Pro Ecclesia,” privileges and duties go together. In making disciples, Jesus commanded they be baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit …Read More

  • The Pillar of the Truth by Steve Timmis

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2014

    At first reading, 1 Timothy 3:15 seems somewhat disconcerting. In it, Paul is explaining to Timothy why he is writing to him. It concerns the church: “I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things …Read More

  • The Podcast Pastor by John Piper

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2014

    Many Christians find biblical and spiritual nourishment from faithful podcast preachers. This is a good thing. It gives people the opportunity to build God’s Word into their lives during the week as they jog or drive or clean or …Read More

  • Out of the Many, One by Anthony Carter

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2009

      In the title “United States of America,” the emphasis is necessarily on the word united. When America was in its infancy and seeking to establish itself as a sovereign nation, it faced many challenges, not the least of which was …Read More

  • Make Disciples by Dave Eby

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2014

    When I started seminary in 1967, Jesus’ command in Matthew 28:18–20 to “make disciples” baffled me. There was something cryptic and mysterious about it, seemingly understood by only an initiated few. At the same time, Jesus’ words demanded …Read More

  • Good News for the Poor: An Interview with Mez McConnell by Mez McConnell

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2014

    Tabletalk: How did you become a Christian? How are you serving God in Scotland? Mez McConnell: I grew up in Ireland in the foster care system for most of my early life. In my teens, one of my friends died …Read More

  • Loving Your Neighbors by Praying for Their Churches by Eric Bancroft

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2014

    What’s wrong with that church?” she asked me in a hushed voice as she leaned in close. There I stood in the lobby of our church in 2008 with one of the members looking for insider information. “Which church …Read More

  • The Centrality of the Church by Sean Michael Lucas

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2014

    For those to whom [God] is Father the church may also be Mother,” John Calvin observed in his Institutes (4.1.1). A few paragraphs later, he teases out what this metaphor means. God uses the church to bring us …Read More

  • Schism and the Local Church by Michael G. Brown

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2011

    Although the Great Schism occurred in the eleventh century, dealing with schismatic people in the local church has been a problem since the days of the apostles. Writing to the church at Corinth around AD 55, Paul said, “I appeal …Read More

  • Defining Our Terms by Jared Wilson

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2014

    The phone conversation was going well until I asked a surprising question. I had been speaking to a missionary from an outreach organization who was soliciting a commitment of financial support from our church for his efforts, and I guess …Read More

  • The World and All by R.C. Sproul Jr.

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2014

    The Sadducees and Pharisees were no dummies. They just weren’t as smart as their enemy. As we read through the gospel accounts, it seems their strategy was simple: they would put an end to Jesus by forcing Him to …Read More

  • No Little People by John Sartelle

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2009

    With God there are no little people.” So wrote Francis Schaeffer echoing the meaning of Paul’s words in the first three verses of 1 Timothy 5: “Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a …Read More

  • Marching Orders by Kim Riddlebarger

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2009

    Q. What are the outward and ordinary means whereby Christ communicateth to us the benefits of redemption? A. The outward and ordinary means whereby Christ communicateth to us the benefits of redemption are, his ordinances, especially the Word, sacraments, and …Read More