• Everlasting Love Article by John Cobb

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2011

    We are told in 1 Corinthians 13 that anything done without love is worthless, that “love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things”, and that “love never ends” (vv. 4–7). Love will never be extinguished in this world, or in the world to come. This is a difficult truth for us to comprehend. One reason is because we are so accustomed to things failing: our friendships, our cars, our electricity, our best ideas, ourselves, and the list goes on. Another reason is that our minds are not able to comprehend something that lasts forever. For … View Resource

  • The Unspeakable Privilege Article by John Cobb

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2008

    We are a privileged generation. In fact, we are the most privileged in history. Each generation gains an advantage over the other. We learn, or should learn, exponentially more from history’s successes and failures. We are flooded with knowledge from countless books, articles, commentaries, lectures, and sermons — all of which ideally build upon one another. And we have learned from those who have gone before us, including heroes of the faith and those who have failed.  While we have all those great privileges, they pale in comparison to our greatest. We have been given the unspeakable privilege of … View Resource

  • Marriage to Glorify God Article by John Cobb

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2007

    The sanctity of marriage is being threatened, and all people likely suspect it. Everyone knows divorce rates are shamefully high, and same-sex unions are being legalized on a global scale. To help protect marriage, some are fighting in civil courts, some are writing books, some are preaching, some are teaching, and the list goes on.  Whether it is working is up for debate. Not up for debate is God’s purpose for marriage — to glorify Him (see 1 Cor. 10:31). How much more should we strive, then, to accomplish this purpose with and through a divine institution given … View Resource

  • Eternal Persuasion Article by John Cobb

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2006

    Marketing is a difficult term to define. Books have been written, gurus have weighed in, and countless others have offered various opinions. Boiled down, however, one simple definition of marketing is “the attempt to influence the behaviors of others.” In order for an individual to purchase food, products, or services, volunteer, or donate to a particular cause, they must be influenced to behave a certain way. But this definition creates problems. The practice of influencing people has led to us being bombarded with more than one thousand unique messages per day. Most of these messages tell us what to … View Resource

  • Enduring Confidence Article by John Cobb

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2004

    A newborn baby is such a wonderful example of the beauty of God’s creation. When a newborn is in the room, anyone present is awestruck by how small, cute, and innocent the infant is. At the same time, however, most everyone there is not immediately reminded that the newborn is in fact not innocent and that sin is part of the child’s nature. Life is full of sin, so full of sin, in fact, we can sometimes forget that sin even exists. When this happens, even the strongest Christian is a victim to the curse that has been given to … View Resource