• Source of True Teaching Article by Kim Riddlebarger

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2009

    Q. What rule hath God given to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him?  A. The Word of God, which is contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him. (Westminster Shorter Catechism Q&A 2) When someone begins a statement with “I think God is like…,” I immediately know that this person doesn’t have a clue as to what God is like. The reason I can say this is because God is an infinite spiritual being, which means that we can know nothing … View Resource

  • Sovereign Restoration Article by Kim Riddlebarger

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2010

    In one of the least known books of the Bible, Zephaniah, we find one of the most amazing prophecies. Writing during the reign of King Josiah (640–609 BC), Zephaniah speaks of the coming day of the Lord (Zeph. 1:7): “Be silent before the Lord God! For the day of the Lord is near; the Lord has prepared a sacrifice and consecrated his guests.” This is that day on which the Lord will reward those who have obeyed Him, as well as mete out judgment upon those who have sinned against Him. After speaking of the future conversion of the Gentiles … View Resource

  • What Is Your Only Comfort? Article by Kim Riddlebarger

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2008

    Of all the Reformation-era catechisms, perhaps none is as well-loved as the Heidelberg Catechism. In the opening question and answer, the personal and distinctive tone of the catechism becomes evident. “What is your only comfort in life and in death?” This is not a theoretical question—“What would be necessary if God were to comfort sinners?” Rather, this is a very practical question—“How do I have comfort as long as I live and then when I die?” The key word in the opening question is comfort (German, trost). The word refers to our assurance and confidence in the finished work … View Resource

  • Word and Sacrament in Worship Article by Kim Riddlebarger

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2005

    In those fundamentalist churches in which I was raised, most Sunday mornings the minister preached from a well-worn Bible, told a few stories to illustrate his point and then reminded us that Jesus is our only hope of heaven. But every service ended the same way, with an altar call. Those who heard the message and were convicted of their sins were invited to come forward and speak with the minister, who would ask those brave enough to repeat the sinner’s prayer and thereby be assured of God’s favor toward them. Sometimes church members would go forward, which was always … View Resource