• The Whole Christ by Sinclair Ferguson

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2016

    Antinomianism takes various forms. People do not always fit neatly into our categorizations, nor do they necessarily hold all the logical implications of their presuppositions. Here we are using “antinomianism” in the theological sense: rejecting the obligatory (“binding on the …Read More

  • The Roots of Legalism by Stephen Nichols

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2016

    One of Martin Luther’s many contributions concerns the Latin word incurvitas. This sounds like something a dentist might say to you as he pokes and prods in the molars. But it’s not. It means “turned inward.” It means …Read More

  • Oh How I Love Your Law! by Sinclair Ferguson

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2016

    At a PGA Tour tournament in October 2015, Ben Crane disqualified himself after completing his second round. He did so at considerable financial cost. No matter—Crane believed the personal cost of not doing it would be greater (encouraged by a …Read More

  • Legalism Defined by Nicholas Batzig

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2016

    If you want to demean someone in the church, you simply have to use the “L-word” when speaking to or about that person. The number of times one believer has called another believer a legalist is inestimable. Name-calling often ensues …Read More

  • Legalism vs. Gospel Religion by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2016

    The word religion has fallen on hard times in recent years. Many have tried to pit religion against faith, saying that Christianity isn’t a religion but a relationship. That sounds nice, but that isn’t quite the case. Faith …Read More

  • Principles and Situations by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2016

    Every so often, I run across a news story that’s emblematic of our times. Recently, I read of a case wherein a woman contracted with a man to be a surrogate mother. The man agreed to pay her to …Read More

  • Our Attitude Toward the Pharisee by David Strain

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2016

    Steering a course between the Scylla (rocks) of antinomianism on the one hand and the Charybdis (hard place) of legalism on the other is an unceasing responsibility of the Christian life. The difficulty is compounded by the fact that most …Read More

  • Involuntary Sins by Jeremy Pierre

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2016

    Trained instincts—that’s how fighter pilots can react immediately to rapidly changing situations as they operate $27 million war machines. When a threat aircraft is closing in, there’s no time for pilots to reason through what to do. They …Read More

  • Our Hope amid Suffering by Mez McConnell

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2016

    I have buried too many children in my ministry. I have watched helpless parents weep in torment. I have seen hopelessness face-to-face. I have seen cancer leave its calling card on ravaged bodies. I have seen dementia claim the lives …Read More

  • What Judges Teaches the Church by W. Robert Godfrey

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2016

    And there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord or the work that he had done for Israel. (Judg. 2:10)
    It seems incredible that it could happen. Only a generation after Joshua, Israel no longer …Read More

  • Sharing the Gospel with Muslims by Bassam Chedid

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2016

    While it may have been the Apostle Paul who first preached the unadulterated gospel in Arabia and Damascus (Gal. 1:15–17), the following centuries witnessed the introduction of various brands of Christianity ranging from orthodoxy to a number of heretical …Read More

  • Legalism by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2011

    Dear Cousin Gall, We are excited to write to you regarding the new training we have received from our great mentor. He has come up with a wonderful ploy to create havoc with the enemy. We know that hordes of …Read More

  • The Beautiful Tears by Makoto Fujimura

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2010

    In John 11, Jesus weeps. His tears, shed in response to Lazarus’ death and Mary and Martha’s grief, are full of embodied truth, beauty, and goodness. Why did Jesus weep? He delayed coming to Bethany “so that the Son …Read More

  • No Room for Indifference by Richard Phillips

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2010

    A year ago or so, I was approached after church by a young woman who had recently become convinced of Reformed theology. Coming from a fairly legalistic background, her spiritual life had been energized by the biblical message of God’s …Read More

  • When to Stop, When to Go, When to Slow Down by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2010

    The college I attended was situated in a small western Pennsylvania town in an area heavily populated by one of the largest gatherings of Amish people found in the United States. The Amish are a delightful group totally committed to …Read More