• Beacon of Holiness Article by Alistair Begg

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2004

    If the Word does not dwell with power in us,” wrote Puritan John Owen, “it will not pass with power from us” (The Works of John Owen, vol. 16, p. 76.). This godly minister personified this truth in his personal life and public ministry more than three centuries ago. For years he carried the message of Jesus Christ into the trenches of a culture as chaotic as our own while simultaneously dealing with the death of his wife and all eleven of his children. John Owen was no ivory tower theologian, but rather a zealous pastor who worked to … View Resource

  • A Communion of Confession Article 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 burdened by the weight of trying to get our families there on time, burdened by the cares of the world — but most of all, burdened by the sins of the week with which we have not dealt. We drag all this behind us like a weight, and then, all at once, “Now let us stand and worship the Lord … View Resource

  • Dragons and Holiness Article by Tony Reinke

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2013

    The incredible imaginative power of the human mind connects us. If I mention standing ankle deep in the ocean, many of you can picture this image (and maybe feel the dizziness as you watch the water rush past your feet and back). Or if I mention the feeling of floating free under water in a swimming pool with eyes open, many of you know this feeling, too. Or if I mention the muffled silence that blankets a neighborhood in a thick snowstorm, you can probably imagine it. Thousands of other scenarios we can enjoy together. This is the work of … View Resource

  • Faith Works Article by Ligon Duncan

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2004

    So, if Christ is my righteousness, if I am accepted by God because of Him, if I am saved by grace alone, and justified because of Christ alone, and declared righteous by faith alone, where do good works fit in my Christian experience? Why should I pursue holiness? Why is personal righteousness important? Are good works necessary? If so, how do they fit? What is the place of good works in the Christian life in light of the completely sufficient righteousness of Christ imput- ed to us? Fortunately, the Bible has a clear answer for us. Paul emphasizes in various … View Resource

  • God is Light Article by Ken Jones

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2010

    Few things in the created order have been as instructive for the human race as the concept of light or the contrast between light and darkness. As helpful and healthy as actual light sources are, our dependence on the concept of light as a suitable metaphor for much of the human experience almost rivals our dependence on the real thing. The light/darkness contrast is used with great facility in both verbal and visual communication to convey the importance and benefits of knowledge, ideas, and technology (light), and the disadvantage of being without these things, that is, to be in … View Resource

  • The Heart of the Problem Article by Tom Ascol

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2008

    The first and most important step in seeking a cure is an accurate diagnosis of the problem. Symptoms must be carefully interpreted so that underlying causes are not overlooked. Several years ago our nine-year-old daugter developed a severe pain in her elbow after a nasty fall. After probing that area of her arm and reviewing x-rays, the physician who examined her concluded that she had simply suffered a bad sprain. A week later, with the pain still lingering, a second doctor examined her. He reviewed her case for several minutes and then began probing Sarah’s wrist where he quickly discovered a previously … View Resource

  • Holiness Article by Keith Mathison

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2009

    In the early centuries of the church’s existence, Christian apologists would sometimes appeal to the distinctively holy lives of Christians as evidence for the truth of Christianity. Would such an appeal be of any use today? According to numerous surveys, the behavior of professing Christians is not discernibly different from the behavior of those who profess other religions or no religion at all. The phrase one often hears on the lips of pagans who observe contemporary Christian behavior is: “The church is full of hypocrites.” This should not be. We worship a holy God who calls His people to … View Resource

  • A Holy Foundation Article by Tim Dick

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2006

    As I began to prepare to write this article, many memories from 1979 overcame me. That was the year my wife, Sherrie, and I were married. It was also the year I became a Christian. One could say it was a foundational year, shaping my thoughts for the life ahead. It was the first time I had ever heard about the holiness of God — both the series and the concept. When Chuck Colson was asked what he thought about The Holiness of God, he stated: “The Holiness of God drove me to my knees and dramatically changed my … View Resource

  • Holy People Are Happy People Article by John Starke

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2011

    So much could be said of the consequences of sin and impurity for the Christian. And we should speak of them — the Bible certainly does. David, in Psalm 32, described the misery of unrepentant sin as his bones wasting away (v. 3). His energy was dried up as he felt God’s displeasure. But the warnings of misery for the backsliding believer should also be coupled with the joys of holiness. There is real joy when we turn from evil and delight in the Lord and His ways. The Bible describes this delight in experiential terms — an existential reality … View Resource

  • One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic Worship Article by John Sartelle

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2004

    What would you think if you went to your church Sunday morning and a child’s life was sacrificed as part of the worship? What would you think if you went to church this Sunday and discovered that a religious sexual orgy was to take the place of the sermon? What you should think and know is that such changes would mean that your church no longer worships the same God. The worship of any people will reflect the God they worship. If the Church is one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church, then it follows that her God is God and … View Resource

  • Partakers of Holiness Article by Douglas Kelly

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2004

    The pain involved in following the Lord Jesus Christ in a hostile world is never hidden from us in Scripture. The early Hebrew Christians to whom this epistle seems first to have been written were no strangers to “reproaches and afflictions” (11:33), especially while the Jerusalem Temple was still standing and those who rejected the Messiah were largely in control of the culture. How well they knew that “no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous” (v. 11). Echoes of the whips that lacerated the back of Jesus at times lashed their own backs. Like many … View Resource

  • Responding to a Holy God Article 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 I think that if it is replacing worship, then it is self-serving and ungodly. The reason more entertainment exists lies in our lack of repentance. We know that apart from Christ we can’t relate to God. But does this mean we no longer need to repent? In 2 Chronicles 7:14 we read, “If my people who are called by … View Resource

  • Sophisticated Lady Article by R.C. Sproul Jr.

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2004

    We’ve all heard the horror stories. First there was the church that offered visitors a free oil change during the “service” if you would come. Then we heard of simple cash rewards. More recently a church raffled off a new Harley Davidson motorcycle. You couldn’t buy raffle tickets; you could only earn them either by visiting or bringing visitors in. Tetzel is spinning in his grave, but only because he is appalled that he never got this sophisticated. We have our standard ways of measuring the worldliness of the church. We can note that the divorce rate within the evangelical … View Resource

  • Striking a Chord in the Heart of the Believer Article by R.C. Sproul

    The following interview with R.C. Sproul was taken from the November 1990 issue of Tabletalk magazine. Q. What inspired you to study the holiness of God? A. In my own theological studies, my favorite theologians – Augustine, Luther, Calvin and Edwards – all seem to have a common thread woven through their works. Each of these theological giants wrote with an exuberant sense of adoration for God. God’s majesty would just jump off the page at me. They made a tremendous impression on my own thinking and development. One of the things that seems so obviously absent from contemporary … View Resource