• Why Creeds and Confessions? Article by David Hall

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2015

    Peter confessed Jesus as the Christ. Jesus responded that His church in all ages would be built upon that realization. The paramount thing confessed was Christ, who is the unique Son of the living God (Matt. 16:16), the cornerstone of the church. However, the means to that end—confessing—is also a very important activity confessing is: The way to forgiveness of our sins (James 5:16); How the saved are identified (Rom. 10:10); The signature that the Spirit is already working in a person (1 Cor. 12:3); The advertisement of our hope (Heb. 10:23); Accompanied by obedience (2 Cor. 9:13); and What … View Resource

  • Ideally Speaking Article by David Hall

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2014 | Acts 17:10-11

    Most Westerners have forgotten their Latin, if they ever knew it. If they’re not careful, therefore, they may confuse the Latin motto ecclesia reformata, semper reformanda with the U.S. Marines’ motto, Semper fi. There could be worse things. For the Marine, Semper fi (abbreviated from Semper fidelis, “always faithful”) is shorthand for a lifestyle and a set of commitments. For the Christian, semper reformanda may help return communions to the ancient faith by separating mendicant (beggarly) traditions from the vitality of Scripture, or it may aid in diluting the faith. THE MEANING OF THE PHRASE Though the motto … View Resource

  • Ministering by the Life-Giving Spirit Article by David Hall

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2011

    Following a 1970s Jesus Movement conversion, I served in youth ministry, where I subjected poor students to nearly every fad imaginable — all, I told myself, to have young people come to Christ. I then served as a pastor, an office I have held for thirty years. Along the way, I have made many blunders — far too many to chronicle here. One mistake that I hope to avoid, however, is ministering with external methods that cannot give life. Over the last thirty years, I have noticed a great reduction among my repertoire of ministerial gimmicks, while reliance on a … View Resource

  • The Theater of God’s Glory Article by David Hall

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2009

    Ever since in the creation of the universe he brought forth those insignia whereby he shows his glory to us, whenever and wherever we cast our gaze. …And since the glory of his power and wisdom shine more brightly above, heaven is often called his palace. Yet…wherever you cast your eyes, there is no spot in the universe wherein you cannot discern at least some sparks of his glory.” (Institutes, 1.5.1) From the Institutes’ preface, John Calvin portrayed the human condition as “naked of all virtue,” enslaved, blind, and weak. The purpose of this depiction was to … View Resource