• Unless Your Righteousness Exceeds That of the Pharisees Article by Kevin Gardner

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2015

    Jesus was severe with the Pharisees, calling them “whitewashed tombs” (Matt. 23:27), “hypocrites” (Mark 7:6), and sons of the devil (John 8:44). And yet, in Matt. 5:20, He points to them as He raises the bar for righteousness: “For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Jesus calls righteousness a requirement for getting into heaven. Some may want to downplay this statement out of a right concern for guarding salvation by grace alone through faith alone. But this statement is not about … View Resource

  • Defining Our Terms Article by Kevin Gardner

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2015

    The doctrine of Scripture is foundational to the Christain faith. But there is more to say about Scripture than simply, “The Bible says it. I believe it. That settles it.” If you don’t grasp what the Bible is and how it came to be, you’ll never fully grasp its meaning. Since the meaning of the Bible is vitally important to our faith and life, we will here briefly define a few key terms that relate to the doctrine of Scripture as the study of God’s Word written. Authority: The power the Bible possesses, having been issued from … View Resource

  • Preach It Article by Kevin Gardner

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2015 | Romans 2

    Some years ago, it was common to see young evangelicals sporting a peculiar fashion accessory: the WWJD bracelet. These bracelets—the initials woven therein standing for “What Would Jesus Do?”—served to remind the wearer to consider the example of Christ in all his daily activities. For some, these bracelets likely also had a secondary function: evangelism. This was the case for a friend of mine who worked among many non-Christians. He told me one day that he wore the bracelet in order to elicit curiosity among his coworkers, in hopes that they would see it, along with his upstanding behavior … View Resource