• The Church and Discipleship Article by Jay Bauman

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2016

    When I was fourteen years old, I had my first summer job: historical tour guide. I led tours through a well-known historical site in a small, quaint town in the upper Midwest United States. On my first day on the job, my boss handed me a large manual and said I needed to learn all of the historical facts of the site to be ready to give tours. The problem was, I didn’t have a lot of interest in learning the facts. So, I skimmed through it just to get enough basic information to start giving tours. I ended up … View Resource

  • When No One Comes to Christ Article by Jay Bauman

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2015

    As a pastor, I have learned that there are seasons in my life and ministry when spiritual fruit is not as evident as it should be. It is not as evident to others, and it is not even as evident to me. As pastors, we plant, sow, and water again—but little fruit seems to come from our work. Nothing appears to happen. We may go a year, two years, several years without seeing fruit from our efforts. We evangelize, we preach with passion, we try developing friendships with non-Christians. And still, nothing. So we ask ourselves: “What is wrong with … View Resource

  • The Practice of Sinning Article by Jay Bauman

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2015

    It was early in the morning on New Year’s Day in 2006, in Rio de Janeiro, and I was having trouble sleeping. The noise of the New Year festivities had kept me awake. So I decided to take a walk along the beach. As the sun rose over the beach, I noticed a white rose, cut and in perfect condition, lying right along the shore. I had recently gotten engaged and so finding this rose seemed quite timely. I decided I would take that rose back to my fiancée’s house, thinking, “For sure, she will love it.” As I continued … View Resource