• To Enjoy Him Forever by Sinclair Ferguson

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2017

    While shaking hands at the church door, ministers are sometimes greeted with a spontaneous, “I really enjoyed that!”—which is immediately followed by, “Oh! I shouldn’t really say that, should I?” I usually grip tighter, hold the handshake a …Read More

  • The Importance of Theology by Michael Allen

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2017

    Systematic theology” is a label with admittedly clinical connotations. It conjures a picture of the theologian as someone who takes in hand the living Word of God only to dissect and dismember the body of biblical truth into various pieces …Read More

  • The State of Theology by Chris Larson

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2016

    Tabletalk: Why did Ligonier do the State of Theology survey? Stephen Nichols: One of the cardinal rules of giving a speech is “Know your audience.” Back in 2014, we partnered with LifeWay Research to conduct a survey of the theological …Read More

  • True and False Assurance by Iain Campbell

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2016

    One of the most soul-searching parables of Jesus is that of the wedding feast in Matthew 22:1—14. In it, Jesus compares the kingdom of heaven to a banquet prepared by a king for the marriage of his son. Some …Read More

  • Our Hope amid Suffering by Mez McConnell

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2016

    I have buried too many children in my ministry. I have watched helpless parents weep in torment. I have seen hopelessness face-to-face. I have seen cancer leave its calling card on ravaged bodies. I have seen dementia claim the lives …Read More

  • Reformed Theology & John 3:16 by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2016

    We see it everywhere. From bumper stickers to billboards, from T-shirts to tattoos, from old faded church signs to spray-painted signs along country roads—John 3:16 is everywhere. As such, some Christians have become complacent about the simple truth of …Read More

  • Whoever Believes in Him by Cornelis Venema

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2016

    In contemporary North America, people are often seen at sporting events holding a poster with “John 3:16” written upon it in large print. While this may not be the most effective evangelistic strategy, it does bear witness to an …Read More

  • So Loved by John MacArthur

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2016

    John 3:16 may or may not be the most familiar verse in all of Scripture, but it is surely one of the most abused and least understood. The verse is so well known that the reference alone is thought …Read More

  • Unless Your Righteousness Exceeds That of the Pharisees by Kevin Gardner

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2015

    Jesus was severe with the Pharisees, calling them “whitewashed tombs” (Matt. 23:27), “hypocrites” (Mark 7:6), and sons of the devil (John 8:44). And yet, in Matt. 5:20, He points to them as He raises the bar …Read More

  • You Shall Have No Other Gods Before Me by Eric Watkins

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2015

    There are certain aspects of our relationship with God that are described in unmistakably legal terms, while others are remarkably personal. Our justification is a legal declaration of righteousness in the courtroom of God. Our adoption is the legal declaration …Read More

  • How the State Serves Salvation by Jonathan Leeman

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2015

    Don’t put too much hope in government. But don’t give up on it either. Churches need good governments. In fact, God gave the world governments so that churches can do their work in peace. The government’s work …Read More

  • When Not to Take Communion by Anthony Carter

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2015

    When I was growing up, I did not like going to church. For a young boy in a rural town, church was boring, long, and filled with old, stodgy people singing old, stodgy songs. I would have rather been playing …Read More

  • For Us and For Our Salvation by David Gibson

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2014

    The message of salvation is the story of two Adams. “For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous” (Rom. 5:19). What …Read More

  • Walking in Good Works by Justin Holcomb

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2014

    Ephesians 2 is filled with the good news of grace for both our justification and sanctification. The chapter begins by describing our natural condition—trapped in sin and by sin, rebelling against God to pursue our own ends on the one …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