• Mature in Christ by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2016

    One of the greatest joys of pastoral ministry is preaching the Word of God to the people of God every Lord’s Day, morning and evening. However, it is also one of the greatest challenges of pastoral ministry. The challenge …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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Preach It by Kevin Gardner

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2015

    Some years ago, it was common to see young evangelicals sporting a peculiar fashion accessory: the WWJD bracelet. These bracelets—the initials woven therein standing for “What Would Jesus Do?”—served to remind the wearer to consider the example of Christ …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

  • The Podcast Pastor by John Piper

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2014

    Many Christians find biblical and spiritual nourishment from faithful podcast preachers. This is a good thing. It gives people the opportunity to build God’s Word into their lives during the week as they jog or drive or clean or …Read More

  • The Ordinary Christian Pastor by Erik Raymond

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2014

    When you read the word ordinary, what do you think of? Common synonyms include unimpressive, typical, normal, and common. As soon as you attach these synonyms to a noun, you will draw conclusions: My day was typical. The movie was …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

  • 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

  • Preaching Is a Dangerous Thing: An Interview with Paul Washer by Paul Washer

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2013

    Tabletalk: Please describe your ten-year service as a missionary to Peru. Paul Washer: My work in Peru was concentrated around planting churches in the capital city of Lima and teaching rural pastors in the northern sierra and jungles. I began …Read More

  • The Gospel in a Hostile Culture by Dave Furman

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2013

    I intentionally don’t preach difficult truths or repeat the hard things Jesus said.” This is a despondent and prevalent attitude among preachers who minister to cultures that are openly hostile to the gospel. Such preaching is less than faithful …Read More

  • A Hopeful Offense by John Starke

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2012

    In my neighborhood, there are almost thirty Jewish synagogues. These congregations include Reformed, Orthodox, and Hasidic Judaism. And, of course, our city is full of secular Jews who have long left any traditional form of their faith. So, on any …Read More