• True Success by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2017

    Well done. Great job. Good work. As children, we loved to hear words of encouragement from our fathers, mothers, grandparents, teachers, and coaches. I fondly remember my father’s approving smile and my mother’s loving embrace when I did …Read More

  • Vocational Success by Eric Watkins

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2017

    Whether in the areas of parenting, relationships, or our vocations, we all srive for success. Vocational success lies at the heart of the American dream, which teaches that if one works hard enough and long enough, he will most likely …Read More

  • Biblical Success by Iain Duguid

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2017

    What does it mean to succeed? We typically think success involves reaching particular personal and professional goals—prospering financially, being respected by peers, raising a solid family, and so on. We measure success in terms of receiving honor, reaching the top …Read More

  • Worldy Success by Nate Shurden

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2017

    Certainly not the outcome you’d expect from someone voted ‘Most Likely to Succeed’ in high school.” I wanted to disagree, but I couldn’t. I’d never seen my self-assured friend like this before. But a broken relationship quick …Read More

  • Practice Makes Perfect by Brian Tallman

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2016

    Anyone who has ever achieved at a really high level knows that there is no substitute for practice. Sure, we’ve all heard stories of exceptionally gifted people who are able to master a subject or discipline on their first …Read More

  • Cultivating Virtue in Pursuit of Knowledge by Derek Halvorson

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2016

    Scripture calls us to give our whole selves as living sacrifices to God (Rom. 12:1–2). Unfortunately, we are often tempted to go about that work such that our lives resemble groups of silos. We envision our lives divided neatly …Read More

  • What Is Christian Persecution? by Tom Ascol

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2015

    Jesus told His disciples: “Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you” (John 15:20). He promised that if we follow Him, we …Read More

  • Theological Fidelity: An Interview with David Garner by David Garner

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2015

    Tabletalk: How did God call you to become a seminary professor, and how does that calling serve the local church? David Garner: Some have enjoyed a deep sense of call since childhood; others have longed for certain vocations or ministry …Read More

  • Using Your Gifts by Ken Jones

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2015

    In his correspondences with the various churches with which he interacted, the Apostle Paul is clear on the fact that God endows individuals within the body of Christ with skills and abilities for the purpose of edifying the whole body …Read More

  • Uprooted by Rebecca VanDoodewaard

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2015

    One spring, I transplanted a hydrangea. It was a last-minute decision, and the attempt involved my digging a hole in one dirt patch, then extracting the plant from another dirt patch in the fifteen minutes I had until my husband …Read More

  • Unseen Influence by Aimee Byrd

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2015

    You’re kidding. You have to be kidding.” These were my wonderful words of comfort when my husband called me from the hospital with the news that he had appendicitis and was being scheduled for an emergency appendectomy. Selfishly, I …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

  • Do Your Duty by Gene Edward Veith

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2014

    Duty is one of those words that used to carry great weight but really doesn’t anymore. It is still an important concept in military circles, but elsewhere doing something because it’s your duty has acquired a negative connotation …Read More

  • Turning a New Page: An Interview with Allan Fisher by Allan Fisher

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2014

    Tabletalk: How did God call you to the vocation of book editing and publishing? Allan Fisher: God called me to Christian publishing in a variety of ways, only a few of which I will mention here. Through an excellent fourth-grade …Read More

  • Commentaries as a Ministry by Douglas Moo

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2013

    I love writing commentaries. I feel as if it is what God made me to do. I have written around twelve of them, ranging from thirty-page overviews to one-thousand-page detailed expositions. I just finished one and will start another in …Read More