• The Price of Our Redemption by Anthony Carter

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2011

    The story is told of Abraham Lincoln, who went down to the slave block and there noticed a young black girl up for auction. Moved with compassion, he bid and won her. Upon purchasing her, Lincoln told the disbelieving young …Read More

  • You Shall Not Steal by Robert Carver

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2015

    One of John Bunyan’s lesser-nown works is titled The Life and Death of Mr. Badman. In it, Bunyan tells a tale about an individual who was “rotten to the core” from his youth. Even in his childhood, he was …Read More

  • Unless Your Righteousness Exceeds That of the Pharisees by Kevin Gardner

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2015

    Jesus was severe with the Pharisees, calling them “whitewashed tombs” (Matt. 23:27), “hypocrites” (Mark 7:6), and sons of the devil (John 8:44). And yet, in Matt. 5:20, He points to them as He raises the bar …Read More

  • You Shall Have No Other Gods Before Me by Eric Watkins

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2015

    There are certain aspects of our relationship with God that are described in unmistakably legal terms, while others are remarkably personal. Our justification is a legal declaration of righteousness in the courtroom of God. Our adoption is the legal declaration …Read More

  • The Fifteenth Century by Nicholas Needham

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2015

    The fifteenth century is best known as the age of the Renaissance, which in many ways sowed seeds that would bloom into the sixteenth-century Reformation. This aspect of history was well captured in the sixteenth-century saying “Erasmus [prince of Renaissance …Read More

  • Salvation and the Life After Life by Paul Helm

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2010

    How do we estimate what a person is primarily interested in? Perhaps by seeing how often they return to the subject, or what they mention on important occasions. And perhaps, also, by the manner in which people write about things …Read More

  • What Are Justification and Sanctification? by Guy Waters

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2015

    The words justification and sanctification have largely fallen out of use in Western culture. Sadly, they are also fading from sight in the Christian church. One reason this decline is distressing is that the Bible uses the words justification and …Read More

  • Faith and Works by Cornelis Venema

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2014

    Some years ago, I read an article in which the author argued rather vigorously against the teaching that believers are justified by grace alone through faith alone on account of the work of Christ alone. According to this author, the …Read More

  • Five Arguments Against Future Justification According to Works (Part II) by Richard Phillips

    Argument #4: The future judgment of believers consists only of reward and praise. Those who support future justification according to works will cite the numerous Bible passages that in one form or another state that we must all stand before …Read More

  • Justification by Death? by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2010

    In the sixteenth century, Christendom underwent one of the most extensive and serious schisms in its history. The chief article that caused the controversy to end in division was the doctrine of justification by faith alone. The Protestant Reformation was …Read More

  • Justification for Everyone by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2010

    For years we have wrestled with the question as to whether we should produce an issue of Tabletalk devoted to the new perspectives on Paul on the doctrine of justification, and for years we concluded that many of our readers …Read More

  • The True Sons by Terry Johnson

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2009

    Who are the true sons of George Washington? Every player in our political arena today attempts to legitimize his or her political agenda by an appeal to the Founding Fathers. American politicians must be able to show that they embody the …Read More

  • Jesus: The Only Savior by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2012

    I cannot imagine an affirmation that would meet with more resistance from contemporary Westerners than the one Paul makes in 1 Timothy 2:5: “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man …Read More

  • What Is Grace? by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2015

    A number of decades ago at the Ligonier Valley Study Center, we sent out a Thanksgiving card with this simple statement: “The essence of theology is grace; the essence of Christian ethics is gratitude.” In all the debates about our …Read More

  • Of Justification” from “The Defense of the Augsburg Confession” by Philip Melancthon

    In the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and, below, in the Twentieth Article, they condemn us, for teaching that men obtain remission of sins not because of their own merits, but freely for Christ’s sake, through faith in Christ. [They reject …Read More