• Be Ye Perfect Article by Joel Beeke

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2008 | Matthew 5

    In Matthew 5:33–48, Jesus tells us how we are to fulfill the law — not legalistically, but in a spirit of Christ-like love. The goal is that we might strive to obey His final admonition in verse 48: “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” (kjv). This Christ-like perfection is nothing less than God’s purpose for us, that we “be conformed to the image of his Son” (Rom. 8:29). When have you last heard someone casually say, “I swear,” or “I promise with all my heart”? Such words are illustrations of what Christ is … View Resource

  • Stand Firm Article by Jay Adams

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2008

    I suppose it’s a fault. I’m sure that my wife who remembers every name, place, and date for the last fifty years thinks so. But, for some reason, I find it difficult to recall details of the past. If I say to myself at the time, “remember this,” I probably will. Otherwise, only the big lumps remain in my mental sieve. I’m saying this because I want you to understand the phenomenon isn’t the result of old age — I’ve always been that way. But so, too, I have always looked toward the future. And that’s exactly what I want to … View Resource

  • What Is Truth? Article by Morton Smith

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2007

    In the present age of general laxity and departure from the orthodox Christian faith, one of the great needs is the return to doctrinal integrity. In particular, men who stand behind the sacred pulpit, should be men who teach the truth and nothing but the truth of God’s Word. One of the most pressing needs of the world of darkness, which is so full of falsehood, is the clear declaration of the truth of God’s Word. Satan’s temptation of Eve was in the area of doctrinal integrity. He dared to accuse God of lack of integrity. With the fall of … 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 thing. … View Resource

  • More Than Talk Article by Chris Larson

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2006

    Take a sampling of today’s political talk radio and TV programs, and you’ll hear vigorous arguments about solutions to the world’s visible problems. These impassioned people believe they are really getting at the “stuff” of life, but sadly, this vapid marketplace of ideas never is able to deliver the goods and answer the questions behind the questions. Surely there must be a path from mere talk to discovering ultimate issues such as truth, goodness, and beauty. But we are hopeless if we do not have the Word of God as our compass. How else can we get to these issues? … View Resource

  • Telling the Truth Article by Robert Rothwell

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2006

    When I was about four or five years old, my mother found the letter “F” scribbled in crayon on the hallway wall of our home. Since my brother would have been about three and my sister barely a year old, it was clear that I was the culprit, for I had been learning to write in preschool. Therefore, my mother asked me who wrote on the wall so that I might come clean about my misdeed. I wish I could say I told the truth at the time. I actually blamed my brother, which was laughable as he did not … View Resource

  • Certain of the Truth Article by Mark Dever

    July fourth is the anniversary of the United States’ Declaration of Independence, and we Americans are pretty good about remembering the date. But as Christians, there are other anniversaries to remember that could inform us, encourage us, and maybe even help us in living our own Christian lives. Here’s one for this month. He “fell flat to the ground, making his prayers to Almighty God. Then rising he went to the stake, and there suffered … joyfully and constantly.” That’s how John Foxe describes the death by burning that John Bradford endured 450 years ago this very month. Bradford was … View Resource

  • Worship in Spirit and in Truth Article by Ligon Duncan

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2005

    In an unlikely encounter with an immoral Samaritan woman, our Lord Jesus uttered one of most important statements ever made about worship. In John’s deeply moving account of Jesus’ meeting with the woman at the well, after Jesus uncovers her hidden sin and shame, she asks Him about a worship matter of long dispute between Jews and Samaritans — and of great importance to them both: “Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on … View Resource

  • Error and Our Era Article by Ken Myers

    FROM TABLETALK | April 1994

    Truth is great and will prevail, if left to itself.” Thus asserted Thomas Jefferson, champion of free speech and enemy of established religion. I’m not sure that Jefferson entirely believed that. Jefferson did believe that only an educated, well-informed citizenry could remain a free citizenry. His commitment to freedom of the press was based on a desire to see a citizenry committed to the disciplines of reading, marking, inwardly digesting, and weighing the arguments of works such as Common Sense and The Federalist papers, not Howard Stern or Tina Brown. As Richard Mitchell has commented, Jefferson could not have imagined … View Resource