• The Decree of God by Derek Thomas

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2007

    Joseph has just revealed his true identity to his astonished brothers. It had been a tearful moment (Gen. 46:2, 14; cf. 42:24; 43:30). He is about to engage in a discourse on predestination and the divine decree …Read More

  • Wily Jacob by Derek Thomas

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2007

    Sell me your birthright now,” Jacob demanded of his twin brother, Esau (Gen. 25:31). Thus begins the sorry tale of Abraham’s grandson. From the start, Jacob challenges us to dislike him: a self-willed, pampered child with ruthless skills …Read More

  • Everything Is Against Me! by Derek Thomas

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2007

    It is Jacob’s lowest point. As far as he knows, Joseph is dead. That’s the story his sons have led him to believe, showing him the blood-stained “coat of many colors” (Gen. 37:31–33). He mourned his son’s death and …Read More

  • Creator and Creature by Douglas Kelly

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2014 | Genesis 1

    God’s Word starts with the creation by God of all things out of nothing. Genesis chapters 1 and 2 present creation as the foundation of all scriptural truth. The first eleven chapters of Genesis are foundational to the entire …Read More

  • What is Man? by Greg Gilbert

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2015 | Genesis 1

    Every evening after work, I sit down to spend a few minutes catching up on the news of the day. Though it’s a restful few minutes for my body and mind, I have to admit that I don’t …Read More

  • Missing the Mark by Richard Phillips

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2015 | Genesis 1

    Like many people, I can only handle a relatively small amount of information at a time. I remember as a youth when my father tried to teach me to play golf. Fourteen different instructions bombarded my adolescent brain—knees slightly bent …Read More

  • Creation Ex Nihilo by Derek Thomas

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2006 | Genesis 1

    No sentence is more pregnant with meaning than the opening one of the Bible: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). It tells us several things all at once, four of which are worth …Read More

  • Divine Incomprehensibility by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2014 | Genesis 1

    What can we know about God? That’s the most basic question of theology, for what we can know about God and whether we can know anything about Him at all determine the scope and content of our study. Here …Read More

  • The Ordinary Christian Life by Michael Horton

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2014 | Genesis 1

    Radical. Epic. Revolutionary. Transformative. Impactful. Life-changing. Ultimate. Extreme. Awesome. Emergent. Alternative. Innovative. On the edge. The next big thing. Explosive breakthrough. You can probably add to the list of modifiers that have become, ironically, part of the ordinary conversations in …Read More

  • Bearers of God’s Image by Trillia Newbell

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2014 | Genesis 1

    In the beginning, God created all of mankind in His image, male and female alike (Gen. 1:26). And we know that before the foundation of the world, God, in His goodness and kindness, had His people in mind (Eph …Read More

  • The Purpose of Labor and Rest by Miles Van Pelt

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2015 | Genesis 2

    What’s the point of labor and rest? Asking this question is like asking, “What’s the point of breathing?” Like breathing, the cycle of labor and rest is essential to life, embedded in the created order, ceases at death …Read More

  • The Right Balance by Scott Redd

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2015 | Genesis 2

    One of the first things we learn about work is that we are to regularly stop doing it (Gen. 2:1-3). The creation account of Genesis 1 culminates in the Lord’s setting aside His creative labors in order to …Read More

  • A Well-Spent Sabbath by David Strain

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2015 | Genesis 2

    For a few people today, an hour or two on Sunday mornings is occupied with public worship, but for most people, the idea that Sunday is the Christian Sabbath—an entire day set apart for worship, rest, and ministry—is entirely novel …Read More

  • Paradise Created by Guy Waters

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2008 | Genesis 2

    Even people who are not familiar with the Bible have heard of Adam and Eve. Perhaps they have seen Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam or have read John Milton’s Paradise Lost. Many, however, also know that Adam and Eve play an …Read More

  • Us and Them by R.C. Sproul Jr.

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2014 | Genesis 3

    It certainly is, comparatively speaking, a subplot. But it is plenty important. As God’s Word describes the power of God’s words in creation, we ought to be astonished. God speaks, and there is light. He speaks and the …Read More