• An Apology for Apologetics by Stephen Nichols

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2016

    My professor of apologetics in seminary told stories of odd reactions he received when he would tell people what he did for a living. The best story involved a bank loan officer. When he told the loan officer that he …Read More

  • Defending the Faith in the United Kingdom: An Interview with John Blanchard by John Blanchard

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2015

    Tabletalk: What were the circumstances surrounding your conversion to Christ, and how did you become a Christian? John Blanchard: Returning to my native Channel Island of Guernsey at the end of World War II, following my evacuation to the Hebrides …Read More

  • When No One Comes to Christ by Jay Bauman

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2015

    As a pastor, I have learned that there are seasons in my life and ministry when spiritual fruit is not as evident as it should be. It is not as evident to others, and it is not even as evident …Read More

  • What Is Christian Persecution? by Tom Ascol

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2015

    Jesus told His disciples: “Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you” (John 15:20). He promised that if we follow Him, we …Read More

  • That Others May Live by Kevin Struyk

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2015

    One of the most elite special operations forces in the United States Air Force is the pararescuemen, often referred to as PJs. These men are responsible for going into hostile territory anywhere in the world and rescuing wounded soldiers at …Read More

  • Planting Churches in Japan: An Interview with Dan Iverson by Dan Iverson

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2015

    Tabletalk: How were you called to plant churches in Japan? Dan Iverson: My story is “mercenary to missionary.” I was an infantry officer, serving God in the “unreached” people group called the Marines. My wife, Carol, and I had never …Read More

  • The Gospel in Mexico: An Interview with Victor Cruz by Victor Cruz

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2015

    Tabletalk: How did God call you to become a church planter in Mexico City? Victor Cruz: When I finished seminary in 1997, I asked my presbytery if I could start a church somewhere in our field, and we were sent …Read More

  • How Do I Apply Doctrine in My Community? by Michael Aitcheson

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2015

    God used Gifford Ramsey—with his high-pitched voice, broad shoulders, and big smile—to spur many youngsters and adults to faith. “You say you’re a Christian, then show me—I’m from Missouri, the Show Me state,” he would say. He was …Read More

  • The Same Gospel by Dave Furman

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2015

    Two years ago on Christmas eve, Martin and Maria (not their real names), along with their two young children, came to our worship gathering. For this family, from a “least-reached nation” in the East, it was the first time they …Read More

  • Boots on the Ground by Samuel Larsen

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2015

    In the West, globalization has attracted much attention. One result of globalization has been the movement of ethnicities across national boundaries, bringing great opportunities to reach people groups in our own backyards. Ministries among international students and growing immigrant populations …Read More

  • Preach It by Kevin Gardner

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2015

    Some years ago, it was common to see young evangelicals sporting a peculiar fashion accessory: the WWJD bracelet. These bracelets—the initials woven therein standing for “What Would Jesus Do?”—served to remind the wearer to consider the example of Christ …Read More

  • Advancing the Gospel on the Front Line: An Interview with Tim Keesee by Tim Keesee

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2015

    Tabletalk: How did you become a Christian and discern your call to ministry? Tim Keesee: I was blessed to grow up in a Christian home and a gospel-preaching church. My earliest memory of my mother was her reading the Bible …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

  • 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

  • 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