• Through Many Toils Article by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2012

    John Newton (1725–1807) is perhaps best known for his hymn “Amazing Grace,” but what many do not know is that Newton was also a faithful churchman who served as a pastor in England from 1764 until a month before his death in 1807. His mother died when he was seven years old, and, upon his father’s remarriage, young John was sent to school. In 1795, Newton reflected on his relationship with his father: “I am persuaded he loved me, but he seemed not willing that I should know it. I was with him in a state of fear and … View Resource

  • In the Wisdom and Providence of God Article by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2007

    The first time I heard R.C. Sproul speak was at a Ligonier Ministries’ National Conference. As he systematically unfolded the doctrines of grace, he boldly proclaimed the biblical Gospel, and at the end of his message, he pointed his finger directly at me, or so it seemed, and said, “If you don’t believe that you are radically corrupt and saved by the electing grace of God alone, you need to repent.” I thought to myself: “Who does this Sproul guy think he is?” That same year, I received my first issue of Tabletalk magazine, and on the … View Resource

  • The Consequences of Truth Article by Gene Edward Veith

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2007

    Readers of Tabletalk over the last 30 years have learned a lot about theology. But they have also learned a lot about history, philosophy, and the arts. The various writers of the “Truth and Consequences” column have been writing about culture, a category that includes everything from great literature to awful TV, from family values to moral collapse. What Tabletalk has been serving up over three decades is not just Bible study but more broadly, truth. “Truth” is a word that these days nearly always comes with quotation marks around it. Many people today believe there isn’t such a … View Resource

  • Standing On The Promises Of God’s Word Article by Kevin Struyk

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2007

    It doesn’t take long to feel overwhelmed in most Christian bookstores these days. So many books, some good, some bad, all competing for your attention and dollar. You may buy a book every so often, only to have it sit next to your other books collecting dust, one of which might be your Bible. It is so easy to bypass the Word of God in our day. Television, phones, and the Internet fill up the “free-time” we have and give us the sense of being “plugged-in” and up-to-speed with our families and current world events. All of this is not … View Resource

  • Daily Nourishment For The People Of God Article by Robert Rothwell

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2007

      If I had to pick one biblical verse to serve as a theme statement for Tabletalk, I would choose Deuteronomy 8:3: “Man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” Despite the variety of topics we cover in the magazine, it is always our intention to point believers back to the only infallible authority for our faith and life — the Word of God. Every section of the magazine is concerned to help you understand and apply the Scriptures. The importance of consistent, systematic Bible … View Resource

  • Dealing With The Issues — Biblical Orthodoxy Article by Keith Mathison

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2007

      What do the intertestamental period, the image of God, Johann Sebastian Bach, and revivalism have in common? The answer is that at one time or another, each has been the theme of an issue of Tabletalk. Every year, the editors of Tabletalk meet to determine the topics to be covered throughout the following year. Some topics, such as our century-by-century examination of the history of the church, are recurring. The remaining issues are devoted to different biblical, theological, historical, cultural, and practical issues of importance to the church. In each issue of Tabletalk, four feature articles, the pastor’s perspective … View Resource

  • What’s In A Word? A Heritage Worth Saving Article by Chris Donato

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2007

      Just about everything that enters our minds — through reading, watching, or hearing — has been edited. It is not simply a matter of adding clarity to garbled syntax or fixing commas. It entails a deliberate decision about what gets in our consciousness, at least through the window of whatever media we are digesting — from television and newspapers to radio and magazines.  Editing is peculiar work, because it is invisible, behind the scenes. Yet the work is forceful, as it shapes (edits) the very media being offered to the public.  No one is fooled any longer … View Resource

  • Living Life CORAM DEO, Before The Face Of God Article by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2007

    As a publication of Ligonier Ministries, Tabletalk exists to equip Christians to articulate what they believe and why they believe it. It is our foremost desire to awaken as many people as possible to the holiness of God by proclaiming, teaching, and defending His holiness in all its fullness. As such, for three decades, Ligonier Ministries has published this Bible-study magazine to equip, encourage, and challenge readers with the Word of God so that they might know God, obey God, and love God with all their hearts. That is what Tabletalk exists to do, and that is no easy task … View Resource

  • Right Now Counts Forever Article by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2007

    The following article first appeared in the May 1977 issue of Tabletalk magazine. This column’s title, “Right Now Counts Forever” is designed to focus attention on the relevancy of our present lives to the eternal destinies we all face. We live in a culture that places the stress on “right now.” It’s called the “Pepsi Generation”; we are told to live life with “gusto” because we “only go around once.” Short-range goals, pragmatic methods of problem solving, a quiet hysteria to make it happen “now,” all point to modern man’s despair regarding the future. The unspoken assumption … View Resource