• Knowledge and Maturity by Kevin DeYoung

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2011

    All else being equal, I’d rather have a mature Christian with simple theological knowledge than an extremely knowledgeable, well -read Christian without a lot of maturity. But, of course, neither situation is desirable. Let me explain. A Tale of …Read More

  • How to Stay Christian in Seminary by David Mathis

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2012

    The point is this.” I love it when Paul says that in 2 Corinthians 9:6. He makes sure he has our attention and tells it straight. Behind the reasoned prose and the rhetorical flourishes, here’s what he’s …Read More

  • Sheep, Wolves, Snakes, and Doves by John Piper

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2011

    When Jesus sends us to bear witness to Him in the world, He does not send us out as dominant and strong but as weak and seemingly defenseless in ourselves. The only reason I say “seemingly” defenseless is that it …Read More

  • A Literate Ministry by T. David Gordon

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2010

    Consider, if you will, how difficult (and sometimes annoying) it is when you encounter computergenerated voice menus when you make telephone calls. The emphasis is almost always on the wrong syllable, the monotonic and a-rhythmic cadence is unnatural, and one …Read More

  • Across the Great Divide by Rod Mays

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2010

    I started working with younger men and women (campus ministry) when I was turning fifty. A decade later, I see how this work has transformed my perspective on the church and ministry. I’ve seen the importance of knowing one …Read More

  • God-Centered Preaching by Bernie van Eyk

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2012

    People are starving for the greatness of God,” observes John Piper, “but most of them would not give this diagnosis of their troubled lives. The majesty of God is an unknown cure. There are far more popular prescriptions on the …Read More

  • Outlived or Lived Out? by Gordon Reed

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2009

    Many years ago I was privileged to know several great men of faith in the generation just preceding my own. I regarded these men with deep respect and even held them in awe because of their great knowledge and even …Read More

  • The Discipline of God by Joel Beeke

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2010

    Church programs, campus ministries, and independent organizations today emphasize the need for radical discipleship. It is not always clear what they mean by this. The word radical can be a trendy term. What is clear is this: if one’s …Read More

  • The Gospel-Driven Life by Harry Reeder

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2008

    When I was asked to participate in this column designed for older Christians to share insights and encouragements to younger believers, I had no doubt what issue to address — the Gospel-driven life.  The Gospel of saving grace in Jesus is …Read More

  • The Bible, the Whole Bible, and Nothing but the Bible: An Interview with Eric J. Alexander by Eric Alexander

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2012

    Tabletalk: Describe how God first called you to ministry. Eric Alexander: From as early as I can remember, if anyone had asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would not have hesitated to answer, “I …Read More

  • Future Hope by David Eby

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2009

    THE MISSION OF THE FATHER
    My wife Darlene and I became second-career missionaries to Uganda in 2006 after I pastored in the United States for thirty-four years. God had worked in us a heart for missions, and for Uganda in …Read More

  • High Crimes and Misdemeanors by Carl R. Trueman

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2010

    Some years ago I caused no little consternation when I was invited to speak at a church on the nature of ministry and started my lecture by declaring that it really did not matter if the pastor was an adulterer …Read More

  • Happy Pastors by C.J. Mahaney

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2011

    As the star of the television series Dirty Jobs, Mike Rowe suits up and labors in some of the most dirty and dangerous work environments possible. To date, he hasn’t tried pastoring. But pastoring qualifies as a dirty job …Read More

  • Worship in the Heavenlies by Paul Hahn

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2004

    What happens in worship? You might say: “We work our way through a familiar liturgy.” “We respond to the pastor’s invitation.” “We wait for a fresh experience with the Holy Spirit.” “We see how sinful we are.” “We struggle …Read More

  • The Fine Line by Nicholas Batzig

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2010

    Every Christian is to have a conscience singularly informed by the Word of God, but it is utterly indispensable for the minister of the gospel. Ministers are called to take a stand for truth before those who oppose the Word …Read More