• Some Will Apostatize by Tom Ascol

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2009

    The Bible never sugarcoats the painful realities of living in a fallen world. Sin is portrayed in all of its dark hues, and the best of men are acknowledged to be at best, mere men. Similarly, the church is portrayed …Read More

  • Quitting and Finding Church by David Wells

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2009

    I am in the middle of reading two books simultaneously, one at my office today and the other I will resume at home tonight. My day book is Julia Duin’s Quitting Church: Why the Faithful Are Fleeing and What …Read More

  • Church Growth—Weaknesses to Watch by Os Guinness

    FROM TABLETALK | February 1992

    Like many movements, the church-growth movement is a grand mixture of things good, bad, and in-between. After stressing its significance last month, I will not comment further on its good parts—except to say that anything that “goes without saying …Read More

  • Weak Shepherds and Hirelings by Robert Norris

    FROM TABLETALK | April 1992

    The church today is confused, and that confusion is deep and profound. There may be many reasons as to why this is so, but it is true that in this generation, self-doubt, division, and weakness mark the church, even the …Read More

  • The Undoing of Babel by Derek Thomas

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2006

    Man’s nature,” Calvin wrote in the Institutes of the Christian Religion, “is a perpetual factory of idols” (1.11.8). Nowhere is this seen more clearly than in the Babel episode (Gen. 11:1–9). Babylon becomes in time …Read More

  • In Essentials Unity, In Non-Essentials Liberty, In All Things Charity by Mark Ross

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2009

      Philip Schaff, the distinguished nineteenth-century church historian, calls the saying in our title “the watchword of Christian peacemakers” (History of the Christian Church, vol. 7, p. 650). Often attributed to great theologians such as Augustine, it comes from an otherwise …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

  • The Church and Israel in the New Testament by Keith Mathison

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2012

    One of the most common questions asked by students of the Bible concerns the relationship between Israel and the church. We read the Old Testament, and it is evident that most of it concerns the story of Israel. From Jacob …Read More

  • The Church and Israel: The Issue by Cornelis Venema

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2012

    Throughout the history of the Christian church, the question of Israel’s place within God’s redemptive purposes has been of special importance. In modern history, with the emergence of dispensationalism as a popular eschatological viewpoint and the establishment of …Read More

  • The Reformation Isn’t Over by James White

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2014

    You do not want to end up on the wrong side of history.” This platitude has been granted prognostic status in our day, though one could properly question its fundamental truthfulness. It reflects, however, the prevailing attitude of Western culture …Read More

  • 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 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

  • The Church and Israel in the Old Testament by Iain Duguid

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2012

    In the beginning, God created Adam and Eve to be a worshipping community: He would be their God and they would be His people. The fall, however, shattered their fellowship with one another as well as with God, a division …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

  • Semper Reformanda by Michael Horton

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2009

    If you’ve been in Protestant circles for very long, whether conservative or liberal, you may have heard the phrase “reformed and always reforming” or sometimes just “always reforming.” I hear it a lot these days, especially from friends who …Read More