• 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

  • Too Good to Be True? by Robert Strimple

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2010

    In 1935 I was baptized and then raised in one of the largest “mainline” Protestant denominations. But by age twelve I was so disappointed with the pastors sent to us, all preaching the old liberalism so popular in those years …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

  • A Different Kind of Power by John Hutchinson

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2008

    I had just moved to the Washington D.C. area when the call came from a Christian organization on Capitol Hill, asking if I would be the evangelical along with a Jewish rabbi, Roman Catholic priest, and members of Congress …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

  • 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 Marks of the Church by W. Robert Godfrey

    FROM TABLETALK | May 1992

    If you move to a new town, you have to find a new church. The search for a new church can be difficult and frustrating. If you pick up the Yellow Pages and look under “Church,” you are likely to …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

  • The Origin of Calvinism by John Piper

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2011

    Of course, like every other man besides Jesus Christ, John Calvin was imperfect. His renown is not owing to infallibility but to his relentless allegiance to the Scriptures as the Word of God in a day when the Bible had …Read More

  • Preaching Grace by Robert Norris

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2010

    Doctrine is the necessary basis for a sound spiritual life, and defective doctrine almost inevitably leads to a distorted spiritual life. Nowhere is this truth more evident than in understanding the relationship between the old covenant law and the gospel …Read More

  • The Public Reading by Terry Johnson

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2009

    Until I come,” says the apostle Paul, knowing that his death is imminent, seizing, perhaps, the opportunity to give direction to the church for the centuries ahead, “give attention” (NASB), or “devote yourself” (NIV), “to the public reading of Scripture …Read More

  • He Who Has Ears… by Scott Anderson

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2010

    Everyone loves a story. Whether young or old, we all enjoy hearing, reading, or seeing a good story unfold. Stories are remarkably powerful things. They stir-up our imaginations and excite our affections. They instruct us and inspire us. They intoxicate …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

  • Quitting and Finding Church by David Wells

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2009

    I am in the middle of reading two books simultaneously, one at my office today and the other I will resume at home tonight. My day book is Julia Duin’s Quitting Church: Why the Faithful Are Fleeing and What …Read More