• Escaping the “Cage Stage” by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2013

    My friend Michael Horton often comments on the phenomenon of “cage-stage Calvinism,” that strange malady that seems to afflict so many people who have just seen the truth of the Reformed doctrines of grace. We’ve all known one of …Read More

  • Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart by J.D. Greear

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2013

    If there were a world record for the “number of times asking Jesus into your heart,” I’m pretty sure I would hold it. I’ve probably “prayed the prayer” more than five thousand times. Every time was sincere, but …Read More

  • Simply, Separately, Deliberately: An Interview with R.C. Sproul Jr. by R.C. Sproul Jr.

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2013

    Tabletalk: How did you become a Christian, and how did you receive the call to ministry? R.C. Sproul Jr.: I was raised by my parents in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. For that I am eternally grateful …Read More

  • The Lord Was with Him by David Murray

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2013

    The Bible says that “the Lord was with” Abraham, Joseph, David, and Hezekiah. We’re also told that Enoch and Noah “walked with God.” These are two sides of the same coin, two perspectives on the same experience of God …Read More

  • Enjoying God, Coram Deo by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2013

    I am a confessional Presbyterian pastor. As such, I subscribe to the Westminster Standards, consisting of the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms. Over the years I have heard the Westminster Standards criticized for being too …Read More

  • Fear and the Sovereignty of God by Kim Riddlebarger

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2013

    God is in control.” These words can be a wonderful comfort to people struggling with common phobias, natural fears, or even deep-seated terrors. The reminder that God is in control often brings great relief. But there are times when the …Read More

  • The Fear of the Lord by Ray Ortlund

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2013

    The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom” (Prov. 9:10). If that is so, and it is, then the fear of the Lord is never to be feared. This fear is not a barrier to growth but …Read More

  • All My Fears Relieved by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2013

    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, the Proverbs tell us, and the fear of the Lord is the beginning of the end of all other fears. For us as sons of God, to fear God means …Read More

  • Secure Investments by R.C. Sproul Jr.

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2013

    The Sermon on the Mount is tough to swallow all at once. Though what we have recorded for us in Matthew 5–7 is significantly shorter than the sermons most of us are used to, it is on the other …Read More

  • Fear of the Future by Edward Welch

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2013

    All fears are prophecies about the future. They start small—a robber might steal your bike, the boogieman will eat you before the night is over—and they grow from there. These fears need help, however, to go global and …Read More

  • Fear of Self by Kris Lundgaard

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2013

    Myself, arch-traitor to myself; My hollowest friend, my deadliest foe, My clog whatever road I go.
    Christina Rossetti, in her poem “Who Shall Deliver Me,” writhes in her imagination as she grasps for some means to save herself from her …Read More

  • Fear of Failure by Richard Pratt Jr.

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2013

    A friend of mine once told me: “My fear of failure has caused a big problem between my family and me. I don’t spend much time with them during the week. I dread failing at my job so much …Read More

  • Not Hearers Only by Harry Reeder

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2013

    But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror …Read More

  • How Then Should We Love? by Kelly Kapic

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2013

    Has it ever struck you how strange it sounds to be commanded to love? Say you are a devoted Pittsburgh Steelers fan and someone told you to love the Dallas Cowboys. This would not sound like a joyful invitation, but …Read More

  • Informal Mentoring by Alvin Reid

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2013

    Jimmy arrived at my house promptly at 8 a.m. to take me to the airport. He has often done this for me. Jimmy and his wife, Natalie, head overseas later this year as missionaries. He has been in a …Read More