• Elders for the Church Article by Phil Newton

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2008

    Over the past decade I’ve engaged a wide-range of Christians on the subject of elders. Some, in desperation, want to change dysfunctional church leadership structures. Others have grown tired of side-stepping the biblical teaching on elders. Some long to adopt elder leadership yet realize many of their congregants would resist change. A mission leader told me that elder plurality was a major issue in his region; nationals, unfamiliar with traditions and arguments against elder plurality, saw it in Scripture and wanted to obey. Christ gave elder leadership to the church for its growth, development, and unity. Yet tradition often tugs … View Resource

  • We Don’t Need Supermen Article by Howard Davis Jr.

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2008

    In chapter two of Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands, Paul David Tripp relates a story of a church member who called the pastor to get him to help a man. Tripp’s comment to the member was, “Isn’t God’s love amazing? God cares about this man and put one of His children in his path. God cares about you and has given you the opportunity to be an instrument in His hands.” Those of us who are not pastors are prone to want the pastor to do everything! We expect him to be in charge of everything from moving tables … View Resource

  • The High Call of Service Article by George Grant

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2008

    The heroine of My Fair Lady, Eliza Doolittle, captured the sentiment of most of us when she complained, “Words, words, words — I am so sick of words. I get words all day through, first from him, now from you. Is that all you blighters can do?” She was tired of empty rhetoric — as high sounding as it was. Instead, she wanted to see something real. Talk is cheap. Promises are a dime a dozen. Most of us have had about all of the spin-controlled sound-bites we can stand. We’ve heard just about all the hollow rhetoric we … View Resource

  • Respect Your Elders Article by Patrick Lennox

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2005

    Respect your elders!” was a continual rebuke I heard from my uncle during my childhood. Although then I couldn’t define the word respect by any dictionary standard, I had a good working knowledge of what it meant to respect my elders. Judging by my actions that preceded my uncle’s rebuke, I knew that respect had something to do with not talking back or sassing, interrupting, contradicting, complaining or rolling my eyes, or any other non-verbal vocal expression of frustration. Somewhere within that list was a safe-guard against the wrath of my uncle. In 1 Peter 5, we have similar … View Resource