• He is Not Here, He is Risen Article by Chris Donato

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2005

    Many Christians seem content to leave Jesus on the cross, while the resurrection often suffers from neglect. That the cross receives so much attention, however, is not without warrant. After all, the event was the “one act of righteousness” that led “to justification and life for all men” (Rom. 5:18). That is to say, the one Man’s act of righteousness is the climactic act of Jesus’ life-long fidelity to His Father’s will and purpose, when He offered up His life for His people. Taking it one-step further, many of us are inclined to say that we will live under … View Resource

  • Humiliation to Exaltation Article by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2005

    It just hangs there. It dangles as if it were simply an afterthought attached to the second chapter of Genesis. But we know there are no afterthoughts in the mind and inspiration of the Holy Ghost. Thus, we look at this passage to give us a clue about our condition prior to the misery of sin. Chapter 2, verse 25, reads, “They were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.” This tells us that before sin came into the world, there was no shame. There was no embarrassment. The experience of humiliation was completely unknown … View Resource

  • The Cross and the Crown Article by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2005

    Several years ago I heard about a large suburban church that rented a fifteen-thousand seat performance hall and invited a well-known college football coach to give his testimony about being a Christian coach. When I heard about this, what concerned me was not the fact that a college football coach was asked to give his testimony but that this event replaced the church’s Easter worship service. Instead of dedicating their worship service to the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ (as we are called to do each Lord’s Day), this church decided it could serve the interests of God’s … View Resource

  • The Author of Faith Article by Sinclair Ferguson

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2004

    My last contact with the late Professor John Murray — to whose writings and influence I, like many others, owe a lasting debt — was particularly memorable for me, partly because I asked him a question to which he gave the answer: “That is a difficult question!” As a somewhat diffident young person it was something of a relief to know that my question wasn’t totally stupid. It is a question on which I have continued to reflect. So, what was the question? It may seem a rather recondite one. My question was about the translation and the theological … View Resource

  • In Jesus’ Name Article by Chris Donato

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2004

    In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.” Is this just habit, a formal closing in public prayer? Or, is it a powerful declaration that we who pray in that name are in Him to whom that name belongs? Well, Christians from the time of Christ onward have prayed in the name of God’s Son. But only for the past two-hundred years or so has that name been relegated to the end of every prayer. Even though in many prayers it may be added as an afterthought, a nice closing that informs others in the room the prayer is about to … View Resource

  • Before the Throne of God Article by Douglas Kelly

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2004

    The Epistle to the Hebrews was written to encourage Jewish believers who had professed faith in Christ not to backslide from Him in order to return to the still impressive Temple rituals of pre–A.D. 70 Judaism. What the inspired writer says in this chapter is this: “Do not abandon the full reality in order to follow a mere copy.” That would be as foolish as preferring a photograph of your fiancée to her personal presence! Let us say that the young woman (or man) to whom you are engaged is studying in another country. You would almost certainly … View Resource

  • The Christ of the Three Appearings Article by Sinclair Ferguson

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2004

    Many pastors, perhaps most, take a very deep breath before they commit themselves to preaching through Hebrews! Understandably so, for it brings most Christians into a world that is alien and distant: Melchizedek and Aaron, temple and furniture, blood and animal sacrifices, types and antitypes. Yet Hebrews is a key to the entire Bible, a roadmap to the whole history of redemption, as its opening verses make clear. And from time to time — as in the lofty opening verses — the author provides us with remarkable, and in some senses “simple,” summaries of the saving plan of God … View Resource

  • “To Fulfill All Righteousness” Article by Knox Chamblin

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2004

    Behold, I havecome to do your will, O God,” said the Messiah when He came into the world (Heb. 10:5–7). The writings of the New Testament, especially the four Gospels, testify that Jesus was faithful to that resolve all His life. We see in Matthew how Jesus executed the offices of prophet, priest, and king. In each case His active obedience finds expression. (John 10:18; Phil. 2:8; Heb.10: 5–10 The King Who Serves The Father The glorious Son of God obeyed the Father in becoming a man (Phil. 2:6–7). Already in Jesus’ childhood, service … View Resource

  • The Only Redeemer Article by Douglas Kelly

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2004

    The heart of Hebrews chapter 2 is conveyed to us by an unsophisticated, and yet very profound old Gospel hymn: “No angel could his place have taken; High of all the High though he; The Loved One on the cross forsaken, Was One of the Godhead Three!” What powerful, beautiful and majestic creatures are the holy angels! How invisibly and tenderly they help us needy believers to get through life in a dangerous world (cf. Heb. 1:14). C. S. Lewis was probably right when he suggested that if we could see an angel in his full glory (or … View Resource

  • Even Better Article by Patrick Lennox

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2004

    The world has no shortage of champions. Some have established legacies that none are expected to surpass or even follow. Their achievements seem to reach matchless heights, leaving all in a wake of awe and wonder. They simply dominate their respective fields, and become the new authorities or standards by which all are measured. They are placed in leagues of their own, and comparisons are no longer made. Surrounding these victors are their followers who love to bask in the shadow of another’s glory. It seems that their life-mission is to proclaim the greatness of their heroes to whomever with … View Resource

  • Unqualified Supremacy Article by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2004

    A few years ago I heard a sermon by the eminent Swiss theologian Dr. Roger Nicole. Prior to the sermon, I read the bulletin for the service which noted Dr. Nicole’s sermon title. I recall that I became somewhat agitated when I read the title: “Lord, No.” I remember thinking: “What sort of title is that?” I soon realized, however, that the title was intentionally ambiguous. To say “Lord” conveys supremacy, and to say “no” conveys disapproval or denial. Thus, the phrase “Lord, no” is an oxymoron. We cannot say, in the same breath, “Lord” and “no” — … View Resource

  • The Final Word of God Article by Douglas Kelly

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2004

    Many years ago some of us were facing a potentially negative situation in a small community; one in which we felt great evil could be let loose if there were not divine intervention. An elderly cousin of ours from the Isle of Skye was visiting us during that time; she was a minister’s widow and a woman of prevailing prayer. One rather discouraging day, when the autumn sky was overcast and cold rain was falling, as we sat in the car, I confided to her all my concerns, and concluded by saying: “Sometimes I wonder if the devil is going … View Resource

  • Our Great High Priest Article by Robert Rothwell

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2004

    As a former resource consultant for Ligonier Ministries, I had the opportunity to speak with many people on the telephone. Most of them were Christians eager to find materials to help them learn more about apologetics, the Bible, theology, Christian living, and many other topics. It was a joy to help someone find the right resource for the subject they were studying. Given that the Renewing Your Mind radio program has a potential audience of millions, not all of the people with whom I spoke were Christians. I also spoke with Muslims, Mormons, agnostics, and many other non-Christians. Though the … View Resource

  • The Supremacy of Christ Article by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2004

    I wonder if it is proper to have a “favorite” book of the Bible. The idea scratches like fingernails on a chalk-board. What would induce us to prefer one portion of the Word of God to another? It would seem that to hear God say anything would be such a delight to the soul that every word that proceeds from His mouth would excite the soul to the same degree. Perhaps when we reach glory, our delight in Him and in His Word will be such that it will know no comparative degrees. In the meantime we are left with … View Resource

  • I Need a Priest!

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2004

    We are attacked from every side. We have been besieged by sin and driven to desperation. We recognize our need and cry out for a priest — we don’t want someone who will tell us what to do, we don’t want a mere prophet. We want a priest. We want someone who will pour soothing oil on our wounds, someone who will give absolution, someone who will earnestly pray for us before the throne of God. We want someone we can tell our deepest secrets to — someone we can count on to the very end. You ask who that … View Resource