• Holy Orders Article by John Duncan

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2009

    In 2 Timothy 2:15 Paul admonishes Timothy with these words: “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” This is a sacred charge to ministers and to all professors of the Christian religion: that we are known by and well versed in truth. The substance of that truth is to be seen in our conduct, and the benefits of that truth extend to our neighbor. But the Christian church in America is increasingly unacquainted with truth, ashamed of our ancient … View Resource

  • Everlasting Promises Article by John Duncan

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2007

    On a recent morning talk show I saw a wedding ceremony, convened on a side street in downtown New York and televised live. There were myriad peculiarities contained within this ceremony, but I was struck in particular by the vows, as administered by the presiding civil servant. He asked the would-be bride and groom if they would be true to each other’s love, accept each other unconditionally and find strength in each other’s commitment. There was no mention of God or the purpose of marriage. The vows were based exclusively on what the two would do for one another, in … View Resource

  • Family Covenant Article by John Duncan

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2007

    What if you had an angel involved in the arrangement of your marriage or your children’s marriage, wouldn’t that be amazing? If you’re a believer, you actually do; the “Angel of the Lord” Himself. In Genesis 24, Abraham, in his advanced age, commissions his servant to find a suitable wife for Isaac, his son. Abraham’s desire is undergirded by God’s design. An angel accompanies Abraham’s servant as he seeks out and, ultimately, finds Rebekah. This kind of superintendence is not reserved for prophets; it is how God perpetuates His promises and His people.   God’s promise to Abraham was not … View Resource

  • Family Covenant Article by John Duncan

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2007 | Genesis 22

    What if you had an angel involved in the arrangement of your marriage or your children’s marriage, wouldn’t that be amazing? If you’re a believer, you actually do; the “Angel of the Lord” Himself. In Genesis 24, Abraham, in his advanced age, commissions his servant to find a suitable wife for Isaac, his son. Abraham’s desire is undergirded by God’s design. An angel accompanies Abraham’s servant as he seeks out and, ultimately, finds Rebekah. This kind of superintendence is not reserved for prophets; it is how God perpetuates His promises and His people. God … View Resource

  • The Author of All Beauty Article by John Duncan

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2006

    Why do Christians need to be “recovering the beauty of the arts,” as R.C. explores in his series by the same name? Because beauty, like truth, belongs to the children of God, and we have lost our grasp of it and our effective use of it in our witness. I’ve often considered how helpful it would be, as I have stood in some of the great galleries of the world, if I could talk to the artists and ask questions about their work. Why did you paint this tree next to that river? Why did you use this … View Resource

  • Who Is Jesus? Article by John Duncan

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2005

    Who is Jesus ? This is the most contentious and divisive question that has ever been asked. No question has ever caused so much division. The apostle John wrote his letter with that question in mind. There were self-proclaimed prophets, in his day, who offered descriptions of Christ that were contrary to that of the apostles’. Some taught that Christ only “appeared” that way. Ideas like this flourished in the first centuries after Christ, as leaders in the church wrestled with the notion that God became man and died. In 1 John 4:1–6, John encourages his readers to learn to … View Resource