• The End of Death Article by Daniel Doriani

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2000

    SIGNIFICANT EVENTS HAVE PHASES. IN SPORTS, athletes first build skill and endurance, then they play the game, and finally interpret the results, celebrating victory or learning from defeat. Banquets also have phases. After we savor the meal itself, we linger over coffee and dessert in conversation that appropriates the meal as an emblem of a life shared with friends. So, too, we must interpret and appropriate a most significant event, the death of death in the death and resurrection of Christ. The Crowds Misunderstood It The perpetrators and witnesses of Jesus’ death tried, unsuccessfully, to interpret its significance before the … View Resource

  • The Good Life Article by Trip Lee

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2013

    I am a lover of hip hop. I fell in love with the music form when I was 10, and I’ve never been the same since. As a child and a teenager, when I wasn’t in class or asleep, I was listening to my favorite rappers. I hung on their every word, and they had a lot to say. Most rappers don’t intend to be teachers, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t learning. I listened closely to their ideas about the good life—and I liked what I heard. With albums in my CD player such … View Resource

  • I Believe in the Life Everlasting” Article by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2004

    His name is “Beechie.” Recently he surprised us with a serendipitous visit. He called to say he was in Orlando with part of his family and asked if he could make an impromptu visit to our home. We responded with unreserved delight at the prospect of seeing a friend from the past. As I relate this yarn, I am looking at an elementary school class picture from 1946–47 (grade 3). There, sitting Indian style in the center front is Bob Beech, wearing knickers and adorned with his ubiquitous smile. Next to him is Johnny, from my novel Johnny Come … View Resource

  • In the Face of Death Article by John Sartelle

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2005

    I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:13). Are you afraid of dying? I have seen some people overcome their fear of death. Many become so tired of a chronic, debilitating illness and embrace death as a relief. Some people are so weighed down with the pressures of life they welcome death as an escape. Most of us have known such feelings. But that is not the way the Bible says Christians should find deliverance from the fear of … View Resource

  • The Last Enemy Article by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2000

    HALT! WHO GOES THERE?” Such might be the words of a sentry who confronts a mysterious stranger in the darkness. The sentry must discern the identity of the trespasser to determine whether he is a friend or foe. Armed to protect his territory, the vigilant guard wants to avoid two evils: 1) the entrance into the compound of an enemy bent on destruction and 2) the mistaken shooting of an ally stumbling about in the dark. There is an intruder in our garden—the one called death. Our task is to determine whether his grin is the fiendish mask of … View Resource

  • The New Creation Article by Ken Gentry

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2004

    Christianity affirms the material order. In creation God made the physical world (Gen. 1) and man with a tangible body (Gen. 2:7). In redemption God effects the incarnation of Christ (Heb. 2:14) and His physical resurrection (Luke 24:39). We should not be surprised, then, that even in the consummation we will once again inhabit physical bodies (John 5:28–29) in a material environment (2 Peter 3:13). God has created us as men, not angels. As redeemed vessels of mercy, we will inherit a glorious, perfect, physical realm when God refashions the world in the new heavens … View Resource