• Playing Your Part Article by Gene Edward Veith

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2009

    As seen in other articles this month, the word hypocrisy derives from the Greek term for “playing a part.” The ordinary word for an actor on the stage in Greek drama was hypocrite. In the tragedies of Sophocles or the comedies of Aristophanes, the actors — the hypocrites — played their different parts by wearing masks. The moral transgression of hypocrisy also involves playing a part and wearing a mask. But there are also times when God calls us to play a part. Today’s culture is tolerant of almost every behavior, except hypocrisy. Our society has no problem with … View Resource

  • Shutting Up the Kingdom Article by Richard Ganz

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2009

    When people are asked what they think most accurately characterizes the church, a majority replies, “Hypocrisy.” This is a sad commentary on the church. However, we have in many ways earned it. While my subject is missions and hypocrisy, one thing is clear — we do not have to go to the foreign mission field to find hypocrisy. Though hypocrisy exists on the foreign mission field, it exists on the home mission field as well. The church often engages in missions by sending missionaries who cannot speak the language and who know little or nothing about the culture, traditions … View Resource

  • Whitewashed Tombs Article by Richard Phillips

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2009

    On March 10, 2008, the New York Times revealed that New York Governor Elliot Spitzer had been caught patronizing a prostitution ring. Two days later, Governor Spitzer appeared chastened before the public as he resigned from office. The story was a nationwide sensation, not because yet another political leader had fallen to a sex scandal, but because Spitzer had made his name as attorney general by prosecuting prostitution rings. It turns out that Spitzer’s great crime was not adultery but, as headline after headline read, he was a hypocrite. He had showed one face to the public — a pious … View Resource

  • Hypocritical Hypocrisy Article by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2009

    I just began reading a book by a well-known pastor who, in the opening pages, referred to himself as a “professional hypocrite.” Being a pastor, he is all too familiar with the hypocrite label that is so often leveled at pastors. On the surface it certainly seems appropriate for all pastors, and for that matter all Christians to admit that we are hypocrites. However, if we really understand what it means to be a hypocrite, then we should do everything necessary to avoid being labeled as such. We must be careful not to become hypocritical in acting as if being … View Resource

  • A Just War Article by Joel Beeke

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2008 | Matthew 23

    Throughout His public ministry, Jesus spoke out against the scribes and the Pharisees. Christ sums up His case against them in Matthew 23 as He teaches multitudes and His disciples at the temple on the Tuesday of Passion Week. Christ begins with an important disclaimer. When the scribes and Pharisees “sit in Moses’ seat,” propounding what is taught in God’s Word as delivered by Moses, they are to be obeyed. Jesus’ quarrel is not with Scripture or with the things commanded in the law of God. He affirms what Paul later says: “The law is holy, and the commandment … View Resource

  • Feeling Good about Ourselves Article by Gene Edward Veith

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2007

    We tend to underestimate the magnitude of sin, in particular, our own sin. And our failure to confront our sinfulness in an honest way — our tendency rather to revel in how good we are — can have devastating consequences in our relationships with others. Notice what is happening when two people — in a marriage, in an organization, in a church — have a conflict with each other. “I’m right.” “No, I’m right.” That pretty well sums up most of our arguments. Implicit is the claim, “I’m good.” “No, I’m good.”  The passions in … View Resource