• All Authority in Heaven and on Earth Article by Roland Barnes

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2014 | Matthew 28

    Who has the authority to command others? What gives someone the right to command someone else? This question can be raised with respect to every area of life: family life (parents), church life (pastors, elders), civil life (governors, rulers, and so forth). Who authorizes parents, pastors, elders, and governors to rule in their respective spheres? It is noteworthy that before Jesus commissioned His disciples in Matthew 28:18–20, He asserted His authority to do so. Having accomplished the work of redemption, He anticipated His ascension and coronation, that point at which He was to be seated at the right hand … View Resource

  • The Fine Line Article by Nicholas Batzig

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2010

    Every Christian is to have a conscience singularly informed by the Word of God, but it is utterly indispensable for the minister of the gospel. Ministers are called to take a stand for truth before those who oppose the Word of God in the world; but they also face the unique challenge of taking a stand for truth before those who oppose biblical teaching within the church. In a day of widespread individualism, heightened biblical illiteracy, and diminishing respect for gospel ministry, ministers are faced with the daunting task of taking a firm but loving stand in matters of faith … View Resource

  • Trust and Obey Article by Kevin Struyk

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2008

    A few months ago, I had the privilege of watching my brother commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force. It was a fascinating experience. After three months of rigorous training, my brother’s status changed from “enlisted” to “commissioned” with the pinning on of gold bars. Those gold bars symbolize his achievements as well as his new-found responsibilities. As an officer, my brother is now looked up to as a leader — responsible to make sure the orders he receives from his superiors are carried out by the men under his command. This “chain of command” that holds together … View Resource