• 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 that …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 …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 …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 …Read More

  • Responding to a Holy God by J.C. Poole

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2006

    One of the things that I’ve noticed over time is that our worship has changed. Change can be good or bad. It seems that our worship has turned into more of a spectacle or entertainment production. I enjoy entertainment, but …Read More

  • Worship According to the Word by Albert Mohler

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2005

    In The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Grand Inquisitor offers this insight into fallen human nature: “So long as man remains free he strives for nothing so incessantly and so painfully as to find someone to worship.” Though the Grand …Read More

  • American Idols by R.C. Sproul Jr.

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2005

    We are made in God’s image. The sheer fact that we could spend the rest of our lives contemplating what it means to be made in God’s image, without beginning to scratch the surface, reminds us that we are God’s …Read More

  • Worship in Spirit and in Truth by Ligon Duncan

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2005

    In an unlikely encounter with an immoral Samaritan woman, our Lord Jesus uttered one of most important statements ever made about worship. In John’s deeply moving account of Jesus’ meeting with the woman at the well, after Jesus uncovers her …Read More

  • God-centered Worship by Terry Johnson

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2005

    What is worship that is not centered on God? Worship that is centered on something other than God is not worship, we answer simply. It may be a religious gathering, it may be exciting, it may be informative, but it …Read More

  • Word and Sacrament in Worship by Kim Riddlebarger

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2005

    In those fundamentalist churches in which I was raised, most Sunday mornings the minister preached from a well-worn Bible, told a few stories to illustrate his point and then reminded us that Jesus is our only hope of heaven. But …Read More

  • The Reformation of Worship by D.G. Hart

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2005

    At the time of the Protestant Reformation in the sixteenth century, the worship of the Reformed churches was easily distinguished from that of its nemesis Rome, and it was distinguished from its Protestant alternatives, Lutheranism and Anglicanism. The twentieth-century Anglican …Read More

  • How Should We Then Worship? by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2005

    Three-quarters of the way through the twentieth century, Francis A. Schaeffer asked the question, “How should we then live?” His book of the same name answered the questions raised by the radical shift in our culture from modernity to …Read More

  • A Divine Comedy by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2005

    Sadly, I must admit the unfortunate truth that I am a former member of a boy band. In January of 1993 I was chosen to be one of the first members of the pop group “The Backstreet Boys.” As …Read More