• Christ Forsaken by Joel Beeke

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2008

    Ay, ay, d’ye know what it was—dying on the cross,
    forsaken by His Father — d’ye know what it was?…
    It was damnation — and damnation taken lovingly.”
          — John “Rabbi” Duncan (1796–1870)
    “And about the ninth hour Jesus …Read More

  • Our Bloody Religion by Anthony Carter

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2011

    It has been said that Christianity is a bloody religion. This reference is usually made by critics who point to the wars, inquisitions, trials, and executions carried out over the years in the name of Christianity. While we must admit …Read More

  • The Wondrous Cross by Keith Mathison

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2008

    I sometimes wonder how many Christians stop to think about how incredibly odd it is that crucifixes are used as works of art. Crucifixes adorn church architecture, classic paintings, sculpture, and even jewelry. But consider for a moment what a …Read More

  • Mercy Triumphs Through Judgment by Nicholas Batzig

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2011

    Say therefore to the people of Israel, ‘I am the LORD , and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from slavery to them, and I will redeem you with an …Read More

  • The National Denier: Fiction Stranger than the Truth! by S.M. Baugh

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2001

    It is strange, is it not, that perfectly rational, even brilliant people should believe the most untenable of fables but disbelieve the most believable of historical events? No, it is beyond strange: it is downright tragic, because to deny this …Read More

  • Propitiation by His Blood by Anthony Carter

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2011

    The theology of the church is filled with big words (justification, sanctification, predestination, and more). These big words carry with them big meanings. These big meanings reveal to us the bigness of our God and the greatness of our salvation …Read More

  • Pardoned and Glorified by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2009

      If you’ve read Victor Hugo’s classic work Les Miserables, or if you’ve seen the stage production or film, you’ll recall the scene wherein the bitter criminal Jean Valjean has been released from prison and finds safe …Read More

  • A Sinless Life by Nicholas Batzig

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2011

    And being found in human form, He humbled Hi mself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death of the cross” (Phil. 2:8). I have long wished that, in heaven, I might get to see the entire …Read More

  • No Other Gospel by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2012

    When you enter the sanctuary of Saint Andrew’s Chapel, you cannot help but notice the majestic pulpit that rises from the chancel and towers above the congregation. Although the pulpit is relatively plain in its structure and design, there …Read More

  • A Life of Blessing and Rest by Nicholas Batzig

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2011

    Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us — for it is writt en, ‘Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree’ — so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come …Read More

  • The Agonizing Prayer by Jerry Bridges

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2008

    Isaiah wrote prophetically of Jesus that He was “a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief” (Isa. 53:3). Though those words were descriptive of His entire life, we see them coming to a climax in the garden of Gethsemane …Read More

  • Justified by His Blood by Anthony Carter

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2011

    Have you ever wondered why God loves you and desires you in His eternal blessed presence? Have you ever contemplated (seriously) why God would look favorably on you and bless you rather than condemn you? Most of us (dare I …Read More

  • Purchased by His Blood by Anthony Carter

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2011

    Purchasing power is the number of goods or services that can be purchased with a unit of currency. When I was a young boy growing up in rural Michigan, currency was scarce. If I was ever fortunate enough to get …Read More

  • Boasting in His Shame by John Sartelle

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2009

    But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Gal. 6:14). This was an absurd statement in Paul’s world. The cross was an instrument of execution used by the government …Read More