• Whom Do I Trust? Article by Jeffrey Jue

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2015

    College was an exciting time for me as a young Christian engaging in dialogue during the peak of postmodernity’s influence in the university. Students were greatly influenced by Jacques Derrida, one of the fathers of postmodern thinking, who taught regularly in our philosophy department. Yet in the midst of this secular postmodern heyday, I did not find the university’s environment threatening to my faith. Instead, it was a conversation with another student who professed to be a Christian that challenged my Christian views. He was a member of the Boston Church of Christ (of the International Church of Christ). We … View Resource

  • Wisdom and Foolishness Article by Harry Reeder

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2014 | Proverbs 1

    Seldom in an assigned writing project is the author given an opportunity to address a theme that permeates Scripture, that is pervasive in both the Old and New Testament. But in this instance, my assignment provides for that and more, since wisdom and the gospel life is a theme crucial to the gospel ministries of evangelism, discipleship, and Christian parenting. In addition, wisdom is a blessing of common grace granted by God to a world of impenitent sinners in His unfathomable kindness. Gospel Wisdom Through gospel evangelism, the grace of God grants sinners the wisdom to confess their sins and … View Resource

  • The Fear of the Lord Article by Ray Ortlund

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2013

    The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom” (Prov. 9:10). If that is so, and it is, then the fear of the Lord is never to be feared. This fear is not a barrier to growth but a breakthrough to growth and eternal fulfillment. But the word fear needs clarification, doesn’t it? After all, doesn’t the Bible say, “Perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18)? Yes. So, there must be two kinds of fear. One kind of fear is the fear that shrinks from the Lord in dread, that cowers from Him and turns away from Him … View Resource

  • Wisely Handling the Bible’s Wise Sayings Article by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2012

    Every culture seems to have its own unique, collected wisdom, pithy insights of the wise. Oftentimes, these tidbits of wisdom are preserved in the form of the proverb. We have proverbial sayings in American culture. I am thinking of sayings such as “A stitch in time saves nine” or “A penny saved is a penny earned.” The Bible, of course, has an entire book of such pithy sayings—the book of Proverbs. However, this compilation of proverbial wisdom is different from all other such collections in that these sayings reflect not just human wisdom but divine wisdom, for these proverbs are … View Resource

  • The Christian Club Article by W. Robert Godfrey

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2010

    Many American churches are in a mess. Theologically they are indifferent, confused, or dangerously wrong. Liturgically they are the captives of superficial fads. Morally they live lives indistinguishable from the world. They often have a lot of people, money, and activities. But are they really churches, or have they degenerated into peculiar clubs? View Resource

  • Train Up a Child Article by Gene Edward Veith

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2007

    Many years ago, someone pointed out that the book of Proverbs has 31 chapters, making it ideal for a month-long Bible reading project. So I read one chapter a day for a month, and the experience was so rewarding I kept doing it, month after month for about a year, repeating the same verses as I was going through different issues in my life, to the point that at least some of them started to sink in. Though some of the Proverbs went over my head, others were startlingly illuminating. “The mercy of the wicked is cruel” (12:10). Exactly! As we … View Resource

  • Ecclesiastes Article by Jay Adams

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2007

    Ecclesiastes? Ugh — that’s just doom and gloom! I’d rather study some other Bible book.” Now wait a moment. I know it’s not proper to begin by telling your reader that he’s wrong — but in this case, you are! The writer of Ecclesiastes wasn’t the soured, cynical old man who was down on life that some make him out to be. He wasn’t the world’s most inveterate pessimist. Sure, many (perhaps, most) of the lines he wrote are pessimistic, but Qoheleth (Solomon turned preacher) has an essentially positive purpose. His pessimism centers on “life under the sun.” Indeed, as you … View Resource

  • The Proverbs Article by Robert Rothwell

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2007

    Wisdom has become something of an industry in the United States. Talk radio hosts and syndicated columnists develop devoted followers of advice-seekers. Professional consultants help companies of all sizes solve thorny problems. Humanity’s long quest for the wisdom of the ages continues today. As Christians we know that wisdom is a gift from God, found primarily in the pages of sacred Scripture. In the Old Testament, the Proverbs of Solomon stand out as the place to find wisdom, and so it will profit us to look at how we can properly understand and apply this book’s teaching. What Is Wisdom? As … View Resource

  • The Psalms Article by Benjamin Shaw

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2007

    Probably more commentaries, study guides, and helps have been published on the book of Psalms than on any other book of the Bible. It is not my purpose here to supplant those other works. Rather, I want to offer some suggestions to the Christian on how to use the Psalms so that he can then more profitably use these other works on the Psalms.  The Psalms themselves were written throughout the entire period of Old Testament revelation, from the time of Moses (Psalm 90) to the period after the exile (Psalm 126). The titles of seventy-two psalms ascribe them to … View Resource

  • Ancient Wisdom for the Future Article by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2007

    Although attributed in error, Mark Twain is often quoted as saying, “When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.” When we’re young and full of self-reliant optimism and esteem we look to no one but ourselves in our sophomoric pursuit of knowledge and truth. And although some say, “with age comes wisdom,” that is only one part of the equation. In truth, it is … View Resource

  • The Wisdom of Listening Article by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2008

    Wise men are difficult to find. We must go to great lengths - we must search high and low in order to find a man who is truly wise. I grieve for my children and my children’s children as I consider the future reality of a world in which wise men cannot be found. Most of my life I have earnestly sought the wisdom of older men. In seeking such wisdom, I have often had to endure admonishment, rebuke, or chastisement. And although receiving such tough wisdom was never enjoyable at the time, over the years, by God’s grace, I … View Resource

  • Ancient Wisdom Article by Chris Donato

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2005

    A certain sage-like professor once quipped: “Would you, after having obtained a one-hundred dollar bill, proceed to throw away the fifty crumpled up in your pocket?” The rhetorical question was aimed at the wisdom literature of the Old Testament. To put it another way, would we, after having received Christ, “the power of God and the wisdom of God” (1 Cor. 1:24), proceed to relegate the biblical books of wisdom to the shelf, never to be utilized again? Unfortunately, nothing less has happened within the church. The fact that they are neglected (especially Proverbs and Ecclesiastes) reveals a few problems … View Resource

  • Taking Thought for Tomorrow Article by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | April 1999

    I’m too busy enjoying summer to think about winer,” the grasshopper told the the ant. —from the Grasshopper and the Ant, by Aseop MY FATHER’S FAVORITE BIBLE VERSE was Jesus’ admonition in the Sermon on the Mount, “Take no thought for tomorrow, what ye shall eat or what ye shall drink.…” He never tired of quoting this text to me when I was a boy. Yet my father did take thought for the future. He bought life insurance, fire insurance, health insurance, etc. He also had a savings account. He preached a philosophy of delayed gratification. With my weekly allowance, … View Resource