• 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

  • 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

  • Historical and Theological Foundations by Keith Mathison

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2014

    According to some estimates, there are more than one hundred thousand distinct parachurch organizations in the United States alone. Parachurch organizations are typically defined as Christian organizations that exist alongside (para) the local church without being under the oversight of …Read More

  • Radically Ordinary by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2014

    The ordinary Christian life is not the opposite of the radical Christian life. The ordinary Christian life is a radical life. The ordinary Christian life is a life of daily trusting Christ; daily repenting of our sins; daily abiding in …Read More

  • Ordinary Christian Work by Tim Challies

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2014

    Of the many legacies of the Protestant Reformation, few have had greater and wider-reaching impact than the rediscovery of the biblical understanding of vocation. Before the Reformation, the only people with a vocation or calling were those who were engaged …Read More

  • Pop Atheism and the Power of the Gospel by Dan DeWitt

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2014

    Meanwhile, I am left with the Atheist on my hands,” Dorothy Sayers once penned to C.S. Lewis in a letter in which she sought some practical advice from the popular Oxford apologist. She went on to write, “I do …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

  • Not a Sales Pitch by Joe Carter

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2014

    As I was sitting alone in the cafeteria one afternoon, far from home, overwhelmed and lonely on a campus of twenty thousand coeds, an older student walked up, smiled, and asked if he could join me. He took a seat …Read More

  • How Then Shall We “Go”? by Karl Dahlfred

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2014

    It seems like such a simple command. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (Matt. 28:19). But who exactly is supposed to go? Some have claimed that Jesus’ command to go and make disciples was only for the …Read More

  • All Authority in Heaven and on Earth by Roland Barnes

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2014

    Who has the authority to command others? What gives someone the right to command someone else? This question can be raised with respect to every area of life: family life (parents), church life (pastors, elders), civil life (governors, rulers, and …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

  • Martyrdom Today by George Robinson

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2014

    Persecution. Jesus said that His followers should expect it (John 15:20; 2 Tim. 3:12) and that those who experience it are blessed (Matt. 5:10–12). In our First World society, persecution may mean mocking, slander, or alienation …Read More

  • God’s Mission Has a Church: An Interview with Ed Stetzer by Ed Stetzer

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2014

    Tabletalk: Please describe how you became a Christian and your current ministry. Ed Stetzer: I grew up on Long Island, outside of New York City, in a nominal Irish Catholic home. My sister was the first in my family to …Read More

  • The Story We Share by J.D. Bridges

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2013

    Ask anyone to describe the shape of a square, and you might expect a variety of explanations that yet have common talking points (for example, 90-degree corners with four equilateral sides). Get one of the defining features of a square …Read More

  • Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart by J.D. Greear

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2013

    If there were a world record for the “number of times asking Jesus into your heart,” I’m pretty sure I would hold it. I’ve probably “prayed the prayer” more than five thousand times. Every time was sincere, but …Read More