• Adopted Sons and Daughters by Kim Riddlebarger

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2009

    Q. Why did Christ command us to address God thus: “Our Father?” A. To awaken in us at the very beginning of our prayer that childlike reverence for and trust in God, which are to be the ground of our …Read More

  • The Heavens Declare by Keith Mathison

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2004

    In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told the people, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on …Read More

  • The Potter’s Freedom by E. Calvin Beisner

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2006

    Of all the challenges to the Christian faith, the most powerful has been the “problem of evil” — the alleged inconsistency of believing in the God of Scripture while recognizing the occurrence of evil. Why would a good God permit gratuitous …Read More

  • Praying with the Patriarchs by Derek Thomas

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2006

    Does God take risks? The question is not as silly as it sounds, and in present-day discussions regarding what is called “open theism,” it is the pertinent question to ask. But let’s ask the question again, from a different …Read More

  • Theologian of the Spirit by Sinclair Ferguson

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2004

    The figure of John Owen (1616–1683) towers above — almost head and shoulders above — the galaxy of writers we know collectively as the English Puritans. His theological learning and acumen was unrivalled; his sense of the importance of doctrine for …Read More

  • The Divine Foundation of Authority by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2009

    You’re out!” “I’m safe!” “Out!” “Safe!” “Out!” “It’s my ball, and it’s my bat, and I say that I’m safe.” This is how we settled disputes over plays in our pickup baseball games played without …Read More

  • Ordained by God by Douglas Kelly

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2004

    In the 1950s, a very popular song proclaimed “He’s got the whole world in his hands!” Insofar as it had any theological content, it presumably spoke of the beneficent control by the Lord of all that He has made …Read More

  • A Loving Provision by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2004

    In recent years, we have been treated to the invention of a word previously unknown, or at least not used. That word that has entered into the general vocabulary of our time is the word oxymoron. A typical example of …Read More

  • Keep Yourselves in the Love of God by Chris Donato

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2007

    It’s easy to miss the fact that Isaac strove with God for twenty years over his wife’s infertility before seeing a positive answer. His son, Jacob, showed similar persistence when he wrestled with the angel at Peniel. This …Read More

  • Amazing Grace by R.C. Sproul Jr.

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2004

    Perhaps the most subtle verbal sleights of hand are acts of equivocation. Equivocation is when we use one word, but with two different meanings. The change happens so fast we miss the palmed meaning, and are made fools. The classic …Read More

  • United in Truth and Love by Robert Rothwell

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2008

    Summers are traditionally a time for vacation, and that was certainly true of my youth. Besides journeys to visit grandparents and time spent on the beach, however, summers during my high school years usually involved one kind of church retreat …Read More

  • Striking a Chord in the Heart of the Believer by R.C. Sproul

    The following interview with R.C. Sproul was taken from the November 1990 issue of Tabletalk magazine. Q. What inspired you to study the holiness of God? A. In my own theological studies, my favorite theologians – Augustine, Luther, Calvin and …Read More

  • Abundant Love by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2004

    Love of Complacency In his monumental biography of Jonathan Edwards, George Marsden cites a passage from Edwards’ Personal Narrative: “Since I came to this town [Northampton], I have often had sweet complacency in God in views of his glorious perfections …Read More

  • God Is Love by Robert Letham

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2004

    In contrast to the East, the Western church (Rome and Protestantism) has had difficulty doing justice to the distinct identities of the three persons of the Trinity. Augustine compared them to memory, knowledge, and will — merely three aspects of a …Read More

  • Of the Father’s Love by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2004

    As I write this article, I am reminded of the December 15, 2003 issue of the Orlando Sentinel. “CAPTURED,” read the front-page headline, “feared dictator found alone in rat-infested hole.” With sincere wonder, Iā€ˆremember gazing into the eyes of …Read More