• When the Church Doesn’t Shine by Elliot Grudem

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2015

    Grace always has about it the scent of scandal,” Philip Yancey wrote. That’s true individually. It’s also true corporately. Jesus didn’t die for a perfect church; He died to make her perfect. At times, Jesus allows His …Read More

  • Blessed Are the Persecuted by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2015

    In 2004, I traveled to Iran with a delegation of Protestant Christians from the United States to meet with the vice president of the Iranian parliament. While in Iran, I preached at the Garden of Evangelism in Tehran, which was …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

  • Instead of Worrying by Tim Witmer

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2015

    What? Me Worry?” Those of us who are old enough remember Alfred E. Neumann’s mindless approach to worry. Similarly, Bobby McFerrin’s smash hit “Don’t Worry Be Happy” resonated with millions of people who just hoped that it …Read More

  • Our Daily Bread by Eric Watkins

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2015

    This simple request in the middle of the Lord’s Prayer may be one of the most time-and tear-tested portions of prayer itself. About seven years ago, as our economy began to tumble and financial insecurities threatened many families, praying …Read More

  • The Rhythm of Life by Edward Welch

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2015

    Sometimes work seems futile and miserable; sometimes we might not have work; and sometimes we might not want work. In other words, there are times when there is no rhythm to our vocational life but only monotonous and persistent dreariness …Read More

  • Loving Your Neighbors by Praying for Their Churches by Eric Bancroft

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2014

    What’s wrong with that church?” she asked me in a hushed voice as she leaned in close. There I stood in the lobby of our church in 2008 with one of the members looking for insider information. “Which church …Read More

  • In Secret by Derek Thomas

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2014

    According to Jesus, it is what we do in secret that matters most. Jesus is not suggesting that the outward is unimportant—far from it. “What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have …Read More

  • Praying for Our Children’s Salvation by Joel Beeke

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2014

    The salvation of our children is priceless; their spiritual needs far outweigh their physical needs. They need our prayers—our earnest prayers with hearts aflame, both for their initial repentance and coming to Christ by faith, and for their life of …Read More

  • Finding the Sheep That Refuses to Be Found by Tim Witmer

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2014

    Sheep are interesting creatures. They are weak, defenseless, and not very smart. They wander away quite easily if not attended to, and their shepherds need to be ready to respond. It’s no accident that God’s people are called …Read More

  • Asking, Seeking, Knocking by Eric Alexander

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2014

    There must be few pastors who have not repeated the words of the Apostle Paul in Galatians 5:7, with a wistfulness equal to his: “You were running well. Who hindered you?” The Apostolic finger had touched upon the timeless …Read More

  • The Comfort of Jesus’ Prayers by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2014

    As an ordained minister, I’ve had experience going to the Scriptures with a number of people in order to help them see what God has to say about many diƒfferent subjects. Over the years, one of the most …Read More

  • Talking to God by Iain Campbell

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2013

    Both praise and prayer are appropriate and necessary responses to God’s revelation of himself to us. He has spoken to us, and we, in turn, speak to Him. That such communication is possible is due to the fact that …Read More

  • Praying for Politicians by David Robertson

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2013

    Having been a minister for twenty-six years and an editor of a church magazine for some of that time, I can safely say that there is no subject more likely to get you into controversy than the troubled relationship of …Read More

  • The Puritans on Prayer by Colin Rowley

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2003

    Psalm 66:18 states, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear.” In our present day, how often do we hear the truth that God does not hear the prayers of the unrighteous? In my …Read More