• No Room for Indifference Article 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’s grace. “But,” she asked, “if I’m going to be Reformed, do I have to drink alcohol?” This question, I think, speaks volumes about the current state of Reformed Christianity (especially in its “young, restless, and Reformed” variety). It seemed, in her circles at least, that in order to be Reformed one was practically required to drink and smoke … View Resource

  • Adiaphora in Worship Article 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. After acknowledging that the exercise was beneficial, he wrote, “I never thought much about biblical requirements for worship, but you Presbyterians think about them a lot!” I smiled, thinking: “If you only knew!” Presbyterians think about worship a great deal because the Protestant Reformation was not only a recovery of sound doctrine, but also a key moment in the … View Resource

  • When to Stop, When to Go, When to Slow Down Article by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2010

    The college I attended was situated in a small western Pennsylvania town in an area heavily populated by one of the largest gatherings of Amish people found in the United States. The Amish are a delightful group totally committed to separation from this world. They go out of their way to avoid any social mixing with the non-Amish, or the “Gentiles,” who are present among them. They are easy to discern, as the clothing they wear is a clearly defined uniform, commonly consisting of blue denim. The men wear beards. Their clothes are never adorned with buttons but are gathered … View Resource