• Our Family Forever by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2016

    In the church, many people assume that men enter pastoral ministry simply out of a desire to be pastors. But such an assumption is far from the truth. God makes men pastors. He calls us, gifts us, equips us, and …Read More

  • Ministering to Addicts by Mike McKinley

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2016

    The idea of ministering to people with addictions is probably intimidating for most Christians. Addictions oftentimes give rise to other attendant sins such as lying or stealing that make it unpleasant or even dangerous to be around someone in the …Read More

  • Leading an Institution: An Interview with Ligon Duncan by Ligon Duncan

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2016

    Tabletalk: How did growing up in a Presbyterian home shape your faith? Ligon Duncan: It is almost impossible to calculate the wonderful influences I received at home and in my church growing up. My father (an eighth-generation Presbyterian ruling elder …Read More

  • Living Reasonably in an Unreasonable Age by Don Bailey

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2016

    Before my call to pastoral ministry, I worked in a family garden center business. There I witnessed firsthand the growth of the modern consumer mentality. In the 1980s, large garden center chain stores had adopted the 100 percent money-back guarantee …Read More

  • Training Pastors by Iver Martin

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2016

    How important is your pastor’s training? If we believe in having ministers who preach, teach, and relate to the varied and many needs within our congregations, thorough training, as with any profession, is indispensable. Yet, for a variety of …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

  • The Essential Marks of a Preacher by Jason Allen

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2015

    How shall they hear without a preacher?” (Rom. 10:14). With airtight logic, the Apostle Paul sets forth the indispensable human link in fulfilling the Great Commission—the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ. In so doing, he instructs us …Read More

  • Ministering to the Abused and the Abusers by Sean Michael Lucas

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2015

    It is a nightmare scenario for all involved: a man calls his pastor in tears and demands a meeting as quickly as possible. Thirty minutes later, he is in the pastor’s office, confessing that his wife caught him touching …Read More

  • Overcoming Pride in Ministry by Eric Watkins

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2015

    Few things are more dangerous in the life of the church than prideful leaders. Some of the most difficult issues many churches encounter revolve around men who feel entitled to the office of deacon, elder, or pastor. Most of my …Read More

  • Growing in Christ, Serving in Ministry: An Interview with Sinclair Ferguson by Sinclair Ferguson

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2015

    Tabletalk: How did you become a Christian, and what brought you to the United States from your native Scotland? Sinclair Ferguson: I was brought up in a close family, with loving parents who tried to get me to keep the …Read More

  • Praying for Pastors’ Kids by Barnabas Piper

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2015

    Why exactly is it that pastors’ kids (PKs) need prayer? What makes them so special? Actually, nothing. They are just like all their peers—the same weaknesses, the same proclivity to sin, and made in the image of God, too. All …Read More

  • Ministry in the Capital: An Interview with Mark Dever by Mark Dever

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2015

    Tabletalk: How did Capitol Hill Baptist Church begin, and how were you called to minister there? Mark Dever: In 1867, Celestia Ferris, chief washer-woman at the Bureau of Engraving, started a prayer meeting on Capitol Hill. By 1876, this prayer …Read More

  • Theological Fidelity: An Interview with David Garner by David Garner

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2015

    Tabletalk: How did God call you to become a seminary professor, and how does that calling serve the local church? David Garner: Some have enjoyed a deep sense of call since childhood; others have longed for certain vocations or ministry …Read More

  • Preaching and Teaching by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2015

    Over the years, I’ve made no secret of my admiration for men such as Martin Luther and John Calvin, who were so instrumental in the recovery of the gospel during the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century. I’m …Read More

  • Faithful Gardening by Travis Allen

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2014

    When Methodist missionary J. Waskom Pickett published Christian Mass Movements in India in 1933, it would’ve been impossible to predict its impact on American evangelicalism. His observations about rates of conversion and church growth among Indian castes may have …Read More