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  • The State of Theology Article by Chris Larson

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2016

    Tabletalk: Why did Ligonier do the State of Theology survey? Stephen Nichols: One of the cardinal rules of giving a speech is “Know your audience.” Back in 2014, we partnered with LifeWay Research to conduct a survey of the theological beliefs of three thousand Americans. We decided to undertake the survey again in 2016 and expand the visualization of the data into a new website, TheStateOfTheology.com. Our ultimate purpose for this survey is to help churches, Christian ministries, and Christians live as the body of Christ in our place and in our time. Chris Larson: Dr. Sproul has said … View Resource

  • A Renewed Mind, a Transformed Life Article by Chris Larson

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2015

    Most would have expected to see John 3:16 at the top, but there was Romans 12:2 leading an annual list of the most bookmarked, highlighted, and shared Bible verses. Since smartphones have become ubiquitous, it is now possible for software developers to glean bits of information about what large numbers of people are doing on these devices. It was intriguing to see the list compiled by the popular Bible app YouVersion, now installed on almost two hundred million devices. Romans 12:2 is a frequently discussed verse around Ligonier as we think through new ways to serve Christians … View Resource

  • God’s Provision for the Weary Pilgrim Article by Chris Larson

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2012

    The distractions of the world and the temptations of the Devil would be enough to derail almost any pilgrim on their journey to heaven. But add to these the manifold frailties of our sinful flesh, and this triumvirate of Christian foes would seem to rule out any hope of reaching the Celestial City. Devotion and zeal can fade with every bend in the road until we are lost and alone. Despair and anxiety set in. Such have been the struggles of all pilgrims. Because of the One who sets us on our pilgrimage, we leave the delusional comforts of our … View Resource

  • Anxiety Article by Chris Larson

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2011

    Dearest Oriax, What?! You’re worried because your subject is worried? You seem to think that his fretful concern and persistent questioning will lead him to find answers with the enemy. Let us reassure you that such is rarely the outcome. The more these humans wallow in gnawing uncertainty and narrow-mindedness, the more they will come to resemble our cowering condition instead of patient confidence in the enemy’s will. They call it “anxiety,” and you would think it’s a virtue they cultivate as often as possible. Lest they repent and grow closer to the enemy, do not let them understand anxiety … View Resource

  • It’s All About Me Article by Chris Larson

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2010

    Pride is the worst viper in the heart… . It lies lowest of all in the foundation of the whole building of sin. Of all lusts, it is the most secret, deceitful, and unsearchable in its ways of working. It is ready to mix with everything. Nothing is so hateful to God, contrary to the spirit of the Gospel, or of so dangerous consequence. There’s not one sin that does so much to let the devil into the hearts of the saints and expose them to his delusions.” That is how Jonathan Edwards describes humility’s antithesis — pride. Nothing so … View Resource

  • Federally Backed Security Article by Chris Larson

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2009

    Nations are currently experiencing the most volatile economic period in a generation. Many investors have made moves to reduce their risk and put their treasure into securities backed by the U.S. federal government. The government gives us its word that it will guarantee deposits up to a certain amount. If that institution falters, will our financial peace of mind endure? The stakes are even higher when we consider the treasure of our souls. What guarantee do you have that you are headed toward an eternity of joy rather than an eternity of judgment? Many Christians would answer that they … View Resource

  • Mercy for the Impetuous Article by Chris Larson

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2008 | Matthew 26

    Peter didn’t just blow it, he blew it badly. “Though they all fall away…I will never fall away” (Matt. 26:33). Peter’s resolution we admire for its confidence and bravery. But it is a statement relying on one’s own strength and it is doomed for shipwreck. A few hours go by and we find him alone and weeping (v. 75).  We can relate, can’t we? We’ve made promise after promise to the Lord, resolution after resolution, only to come to the end of ourselves. The sinking feeling churns in our stomach, our earlier words of bold resolve pour like … View Resource

  • Bound to Come Some Trouble Article by Chris Larson

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2007

    We Reformed types have it good. I mean, really good. Call it the doctrines of grace or historic Christian faith or even the C-word (Calvinism) and you have to admit that sinners such as us have received something amazing. The Bible teaches us to cling to the exhilarating truth that God is powerfully sovereign over everything. One contemporary theologian known to the readers of Tabletalk has even dared to claim that there is not one maverick molecule outside of God’s domain. What about suffering? Do you ever wonder how an atheist and a Christian might differ on their response? One denies … 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

  • With Great Joy Article by Chris Larson

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2005

    At the end of Jude’s epistle stand two verses that rival the most rapturous language found in Scripture. Tucked into verses 24–25 is a small phrase that should bring comfort to Christians who struggle with weak faith. We are told that Jesus will bring us into heaven “with great joy.” Our hearts can tremble when we are pressed down by the remaining corruption of sin that dwells within us. Yes, even those who have been justified by faith in Christ alone struggle with doubt and assurance. The child of God is not immediately delivered from the consequences of sin … View Resource