• The Frozen Chosen Article by Guy Richard

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2016

    Most of us are familiar with the phrase the frozen chosen. Many will even have used it on occasion to describe themselves or some other group of Christians or to distinguish one tradition within Christianity from another. But what exactly does the phrase mean? And is it a helpful phrase? Or is it instead a misnomer and a contradiction in terms? If we mean by frozen chosen that some Christian traditions are less externally expressive than others, then this phrase certainly could be a helpful way of conveying that idea. When my family and I moved from the United … View Resource

  • Should Not Perish Article by Guy Richard

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2016

    Jesus says that in the days leading up to His second coming, people will be totally unaware of what is about to happen to them. They will be “eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage,” just as people were in the days leading up to the flood in the time of Noah. In the same way that “they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away,” so also many will be equally unaware when Christ returns and the day of the flood of God’s judgment comes upon the earth and sweeps them away (Matt. 24:36–39). It … View Resource

  • Salvation Article by Guy Richard

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2016

    Because faith ordinarily comes by hearing the good news (Rom. 10:17), you and I need to be always ready to give an answer to everyone who asks us, “What must I do to be saved?” But we also need to be ready to share that answer with others even when they do not directly ask for it. That answer must lie at the heart of the message that we communicate to others, because it is the means that God generally uses to bring them to faith in Christ. There is perhaps no clearer answer to the question, “What must we … View Resource

  • What is Faith? Article by Guy Richard

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2015 | Mark 1:14-15

    One of the statements I have found myself repeating most frequently over the last fifteen years of ministry is J.I. Packer’s insightful comment that half-truths masquerading as whole truths are whole lies. Packer’s observation is a beautiful reminder that half-truths are just that: half-truths. When they are presented as though there is nothing more to say, the result is that the truth is compromised. To say that Jesus is one hundred percent human is true. But it is only half the story. Jesus is also one hundred percent divine. If we focus only on Jesus’ humanity and never say … View Resource

  • What Faith Is and Is Not Article by Guy Richard

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2013

    I believe; I believe. It’s silly, but I believe.” These are the well-known words spoken by young Susan Walker in the popular Christmas movie Miracle on 34th Street (1947). They provide just one example of how faith is commonly portrayed in our culture as a blind leap in the dark—believing for no reason at all. Such a view of faith, however, is completely out of step with what the Bible teaches. Faith, according to the Bible, is not irrational or “silly.” It is not a blind commitment or an arbitrary feeling of closeness to God. These things are not faith, … View Resource

  • Our Blessed Struggle Article by Guy Richard

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2009

    I find it interesting that, of all the names God could have chosen for His people, He chose “Israel.” And while different opinions exist as to what the name Israel actually means, it seems that the context in which the name is given in Genesis 32 favors the meaning “he struggles with God” over every other option (see verses 22–32 and Hos. 12:3–4). It would seem that God, in His infinite wisdom, chose to call His people &”strugglers.” As we consider what it means for us as Christians to live between the times, let us begin by remembering that, as … View Resource