• Ministering by the Life-Giving Spirit by David Hall

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2011

    Following a 1970s Jesus Movement conversion, I served in youth ministry, where I subjected poor students to nearly every fad imaginable — all, I told myself, to have young people come to Christ. I then served as a pastor, an …Read More

  • Something Different by Matt Schmucker

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2009

    Matt, I don’t understand how you and Steve can be a part of the same church given what you each believe and practice.” This came from a young woman with whom my wife and I had been sharing the …Read More

  • The Pastor’s Example of Evangelism by Steven Lawson

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2012

    In his final letter, Paul charges Timothy, his son in the faith, to “do the work of an evangelist” (2 Tim. 4:5). By these words, the aged Apostle establishes the timeless standard for pastoral ministry, not only for young …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

  • Pastor, Professor, Pilgrim: An Interview with Derek Thomas by Derek Thomas

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2014

    Tabletalk: How did you become a Christian? Derek W.H. Thomas: I became a Christian during my first year at university. My best friend (who had recently become a Christian) sent me a copy of John Stott’s Basic Christianity …Read More

  • A Passion for Preaching: An Interview with Steven J. Lawson by Steven Lawson

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2014

    Tabeltalk: How did you become a Christian, and how were you called to ministry? Steven J. Lawson: I grew up in a Christian home and was brought to faith as a young boy through the consistent witness of my father …Read More

  • No Greater Gospel: An Interview with Dave Furman by Dave Furman

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2014

    Tabletalk: How did Redeemer Church of Dubai begin? Dave Furman: We spent our seminary years traveling around the world engaging in various ministries. Uncertain of where we wanted to serve after graduation, the only thing we knew was that we …Read More

  • Preach the Word by Jon Payne

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2014

    In the original Table Talk, a collection of informal theological conversations at Martin Luther’s dinner table, the German Reformer gave the following advice to a young minister: “When you are to preach, speak with God and say, ‘Dear Lord …Read More

  • Don’t Waste Your Cancer: An Interview with Matt Chandler by Matt Chandler

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2011

    Tabletalk: By way of offering a brief introduction of yourself and your family, when was God’s call to serve His people confirmed for you? Matt Chandler: I think my story is a bit strange in that my awareness of God’s …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

  • 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

  • The High Call of Service by George Grant

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2008

    The heroine of My Fair Lady, Eliza Doolittle, captured the sentiment of most of us when she complained, “Words, words, words — I am so sick of words. I get words all day through, first from him, now from you …Read More

  • The Pastor-Scholar by Philip Ryken

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2009

    As far as John Calvin was concerned, almost nothing was more urgent for the church than the reformation of pastoral ministry. For centuries, most ministers had been shockingly ignorant of the Scriptures and thus ill-equipped to preach the gospel. As …Read More

  • The Church and Idolatry by Jared Wilson

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2012

    Now set your mind and heart to seek the LORD your God” (1 Chron. 22:19). All sin is idolatry because every sin is an exercise in trust of something or someone other than the one true God to satisfy …Read More