• Living Hope Article by Ben Dunson

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2016

    In the time of Noah, God “saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Gen. 6:5). Humanity has a heart problem. The heart is the center of human longing. It is the center of human existence. And it is, according to Jesus, “out of the heart” that “come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander” (Matt. 15:19). Nothing good can come from the hidden depths of our rotting, wicked hearts. As Paul says in Romans 8:6, “the mind” set “on … View Resource

  • The Purpose of Parables Article by Ben Dunson

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2015

    In Matthew 13:10–17, Jesus explains to His disciples why He teaches in parables. This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. (v. 13) This passage may appear perplexing at first, especially when Jesus indicates that His actual intention in speaking in parables is that truth would be concealed from those on the outside. How should we make sense of this? First, Jesus is clearly teaching that the secrets of the kingdom of God are unknowable through mere human reasoning and intuition. Jesus does … View Resource

  • A Dwelling Place for God Article by Ben Dunson

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2013

    In the Old Testament, God’s presence with His people was most vividly manifested in the earthly symbols of Israel’s tabernacle and temple. As symbols or types, these institutions pointed to a future fulfillment. That fulfillment is found in Jesus Christ, the full and final manifestation of God’s presence with His people. The Israelite high priest could only enter once a year into the holiest inner chamber of the temple, which was the locus of God’s presence among His people. In so doing, the high priest served as an intermediary for the people, coming into the presence of God on their … View Resource