• No Room for Indifference by Richard Phillips

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2010

    A year ago or so, I was approached after church by a young woman who had recently become convinced of Reformed theology. Coming from a fairly legalistic background, her spiritual life had been energized by the biblical message of God …Read More

  • Adiaphora in Worship by R.J. Gore Jr.

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2010

    I remember well the student’s written response during a summer course on the church and sacraments. One of the course goals was to help students understand biblical and theological guidelines for worship. The response was both encouraging and dismaying …Read More

  • The Regulative Principle of Worship by Derek Thomas

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2010

    Put simply, the regulative principle of worship states that the corporate worship of God is to be founded upon specific directions of Scripture. On the surface, it is difficult to see why anyone who values the authority of Scripture would …Read More

  • Life and Worship Matters by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2010

    Many Christians are under the impression that worship is confined to those specific times of corporate worship when we’re singing. As such, churches have given titles such as “worship leader” or “worship team” to those leading us musically. Thus …Read More

  • The Missing Motive by Eric Alexander

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2010

    I am notoriously bad at remembering anniversaries, and last year it was quite a surprise to discover that 2008 marked the fiftieth anniversary of my ordination to the Christian ministry. Not that the occasion was other than memorable. Indeed it …Read More

  • Treasures on Earth by John Piper

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2009

    The inner essence of worship is treasuring Jesus as infinitely valuable above everything. The outer forms of worship are the acts that show how much we treasure God. Therefore, all of life is meant to be worship because God said …Read More

  • He Gave Us Songs by R.C. Sproul Jr.

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2007

    He was at least an insightful man, if not a wise man, who first said, “I care not who writes a nation’s laws, as long as I write the nation’s songs.” He understood that what shapes our lives …Read More

  • Where Is the Glory Found? by R.C. Sproul Jr.

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2009

    As birthdays go, it’s a big one. It is fitting and appropriate that we would mark the five-hundredth anniversary of the birth of John Calvin. Trouble is, that occasion is being marked in at least two different ways. First …Read More

  • Beauty and the Best by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2009

    There is a tension among the people of God that reflects a delicate balance to which the Bible calls us. Paul, you will recall, argued that in his passion for the gospel, he wished to be all things to all …Read More

  • The Service of Worship by Randall Van Meggelen

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2008

    I recently shared with my pastors that I attended a course in which the instructor encouraged the class of music directors to view ourselves not merely as musicians, but rather as “church” musicians. One of my pastors responded by suggesting …Read More

  • Pluralistic Worship by Terry Johnson

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2008

    During the Reformation era, debates raged over what things must be considered crucial to Christian faith and practice, and what could be considered adiaphora (Latin for “things indifferent”). All sides agreed that the doctrines of the Trinity, the atonement, and …Read More

  • Corporate Reverence by Gene Edward Veith

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2007

    The church growth movement mandates “contemporary worship” styles, which means, in practice, replacing hymns with “praise songs.” These consist of simple lyrical phrases, often repeated, set to a simple tune in the style of pop music. The problem with …Read More

  • Pragmatic Principle by R.C. Sproul Jr.

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2007

      It goes against my own principles to argue from the perspective of the pragmatic. Pragmatism, after all, is a worldly thing. We have been called to faithfulness. God tells us what to do, and we are to do it …Read More

  • Good Intentions Gone Bad by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2007

      The adage tells us that there is a destination, the road to which is paved with good intentions. It is the destination that we would prefer not to reach. Good intentions can have disastrous results and consequences. When we look …Read More

  • A Communion of Confession by Eric Watkins

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2007

    What would our worship be like apart from the hindering effects of sin? Each of us experiences those bumpy moments along the way — Sunday mornings that truly compete with our desire to be in worship. We come to church burdened …Read More