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  • The Name of Jesus Article by Kevin DeYoung

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2011

    Over the past two thousand years, more people on planet earth have known the name of Jesus than any other name. Since AD 33, over eight billion people, by one estimate, have claimed to be followers of this Jesus — or Jésus or Isus or whatever the Christ is called in your language. Billions more have heard of His name. Today, the name of Jesus can be found in more than six thousand languages, and more are being added every year. On the one hand, it’s strange that this single name has dominated the past two thousand years of world … View Resource

  • Peace by His Blood Article by Anthony Carter

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2011

    In April of 1992, after four Los Angeles Police Officers were acquitted of any criminal act in the apprehension, beating, and arrest of Rodney Ki ng, the city of Los Angeles burst into some of the worst riots in its history. After three days of fatalities, injuries, looting, and vandalism, King appeared before the microphones and cameras and asked the now-famous question: “Can’t we all get along?” It seems an innocuous question, the kind I have asked my children a time or two. And yet, in the midst of race and class riots in the streets, it was a … View Resource

  • Brought Near by His Blood Article by Anthony Carter

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2011

    Men are prone to forget those things that women seem to hold most dear. Many husbands even have forgotten the date of an anniversary or birthday. Most of them have experienced the wrath of their wives’ glance when in polite company they failed to recall — with joy — an important day or date. Yet while I have been the recipient of that unfortunate stare, I would contend that forgetfulness is a malady that is no respecter of gender or person. It befalls us all. God knows this and thus graciously calls on us time and time again to remember … View Resource

  • Redeemed by His Blood Article by Anthony Carter

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2011

    Cecil B. Demille’s The Ten Commandments (1956) is one of the most successful movies ever made. At the time, it was a grand cinematic achievement. Its cinematography and special effects wowed the movie world. Everyone marveled, not only at the presentation, but also at the story itself. The story indeed isa grand one, as it recapitulates the storyline of the entire drama of redemption. The deliverance of the children of Israel from slavery in Egypt is an unforgettable story of God’s purposeful and powerful salvation of His people. The account of God redeeming Israel from Egypt foreshadowed the redemption to … View Resource

  • The Allurement of Christ Article by Nicholas Batzig

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2011 | Genesis 34

    Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (1 John 2:15). Thomas Chalmers’ sermon “The Expulsive Power of a New Affection” has proven to be extremely helpful to Christians who are eager to overcome sinful desires. In it, Chalmers suggests that all men live in a state of constant desire. It is impossible not to desire something for even a single second. In our fallen condition, the object of our hearts’ desires will always be the sinful allurements of the world. We … View Resource

  • Justified by His Blood Article by Anthony Carter

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2011

    Have you ever wondered why God loves you and desires you in His eternal blessed presence? Have you ever contemplated (seriously) why God would look favorably on you and bless you rather than condemn you? Most of us (dare I say, all of us?) think more highly of ourselves than we ought. While very few of us would actually say it, we do live our lives as if there is something about us that makes God want to be our friend. Amazingly, we treat God like one of our earthly friends — we can’t help ourselves. We know why we … View Resource

  • Propitiation by His Blood Article by Anthony Carter

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2011

    The theology of the church is filled with big words (justification, sanctification, predestination, and more). These big words carry with them big meanings. These big meanings reveal to us the bigness of our God and the greatness of our salvation. One such word is propitiation. Propitiation is not a word that easily flows from our lips. You probably are not likely to find it the topic of conversation at your next church social. It likely will not cut into the conversation at the barber shop or beauty parlor. Unfortunately, it probably is not the subject of too many Sunday school … View Resource

  • Mercy Triumphs Through Judgment Article by Nicholas Batzig

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2011

    Say therefore to the people of Israel, ‘I am the LORD , and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from slavery to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great acts of judgment’” (Ex. 6:6). Jonathan Edwards, in his six-part sermon series “The Wisdom of God Displayed in the Way of Salvation,” made the following astonishing statement: The justice of God that required man’s damnation, and seemed inconsistent with his salvation, now as much requires the salvation of those that believe in Christ … View Resource

  • Our Bloody Religion Article by Anthony Carter

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2011

    It has been said that Christianity is a bloody religion. This reference is usually made by critics who point to the wars, inquisitions, trials, and executions carried out over the years in the name of Christianity. While we must admit that blood has been wrongly shed in the name of so-called christianity, the fact of the matter is that Christianity is indeed a bloody religion. However, this is true not because of the blood shed by humanity in wars and inquisitions, but because of the blood shed by Jesus Christ. In the preface to the book Precious Blood, Richard Phillips … View Resource

  • Time to (Re)Discover Hebrews Article by Sinclair Ferguson

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2011

    Of all the New Testament letters, Hebrews seems to be one many Christians find strange and alien. Here we enter the world of Melchizedek and Aaron, angels and Moses, sacrifices and priests. It all seems so Old Testament, so intricate, and even confusing. If so, it is time to (re)discover Hebrews. But how? 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

  • His Glory Is Our Story Article by John Sartelle

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2010

    And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). I love being on a high mountain, on a tall building, or in a plane looking down on where I act out my daily routine, looking dow n on my house, neighborhood, and city. Such a panorama gives me a new perspective on my existence. Remember the first time you saw a view of the earth from a satellite, one of those marvelous pictures taken from space? Before … View Resource

  • Christ Our Church Article by Kim Riddlebarger

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2010

    There are a number of Old Testament passages that figure prominently in the New Testament. In Galatians 3:10–14, several of them are quoted by the apostle, and he uses these Old Testament passages as proof texts for the doctrine that sinners are justified through faith alone. Those who trust in Jesus Christ to save them from their sins understand that it was Jesus’ suffering upon the cross that turned aside God’s wrath and anger. But this was not yet clear in the Old Testament when these passages first appeared. The first passage cited by Paul in this section is … View Resource

  • It’s All About Me Article by Chris Larson

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2010

    Pride is the worst viper in the heart… . It lies lowest of all in the foundation of the whole building of sin. Of all lusts, it is the most secret, deceitful, and unsearchable in its ways of working. It is ready to mix with everything. Nothing is so hateful to God, contrary to the spirit of the Gospel, or of so dangerous consequence. There’s not one sin that does so much to let the devil into the hearts of the saints and expose them to his delusions.” That is how Jonathan Edwards describes humility’s antithesis — pride. Nothing so … View Resource

  • The Big Picture Article by Robert Reymond

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2009

    Since my article is appearing in this issue of Tabletalk magazine, I have a great opportunity to tell you young folk of the next generation about a pet peeve of mine with my generation when it comes to the reason for celebrating Christmas. Many people, as you know, celebrate not much more than “roasting chestnuts by an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at their noses.” But Christians surely know enough to know that Christmas means more than that. It surely has something to do with Jesus, doesn’t it? But what? This month a lot of sermons will be preached … View Resource