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  • Our Attitude Toward the Pharisee Article by David Strain

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2016

    Steering a course between the Scylla (rocks) of antinomianism on the one hand and the Charybdis (hard place) of legalism on the other is an unceasing responsibility of the Christian life. The difficulty is compounded by the fact that most of us find ourselves drawn more to the rocks on one side than the other. Perhaps we react to our upbringing, or to imbalanced preaching that once held sway in our churches, or to an earlier phase of our own Christian walk when we veered toward self-indulgence or self-righteousness. And while we must never disengage from the struggle to stay … View Resource

  • A Well-Spent Sabbath Article 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. And yet, in an age of frenetic and unrelenting busyness, when technology allows us to stay plugged in to the world twenty-four-seven, when entertainment becomes the de facto purpose of so many lives, nothing could be more countercultural, nor bear more eloquent testimony to a Christian’s citizenship in another world, than a well-spent Lord’s Day. Growing up in … View Resource

  • When Towers Fall Article by David Strain

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2015

    God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” So wrote C.S. Lewis in his book The Problem of Pain. Pain presents a constant challenge for Christians as we strive to discern God’s design in the pattern of our lives. Unanswerable as these questions seem, we are sometimes tempted to shrink back from thinking about suffering altogether, fearing perhaps that the subject presents insurmountable difficulties for faith. But in Luke 13:1–5, Jesus tackles it head on. He focuses on two instances … View Resource