• Fear of Self Article by Kris Lundgaard

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2013

    Myself, arch-traitor to myself; My hollowest friend, my deadliest foe, My clog whatever road I go. Christina Rossetti, in her poem “Who Shall Deliver Me,” writhes in her imagination as she grasps for some means to save herself from her worst enemy: herself. She begs God to give her strength to bear her “inalienable weight of care”: herself. She runs to her room and locks the door to bar out all others with their tedious chatter, but she cannot escape the one she most loathes: herself. She aches to start life over with a clean slate. She pleads with God … View Resource

  • The Mission to Slovakia Article by Kris Lundgaard

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2009

    We, the Slovak People, bearing in mind the political and cultural heritage of our predecessors…mindful of the spiritual bequest of Cyril and Methodius…adopted this constitution.” Slovakia, lying at the crossroads of East and West in secular Europe, after being dominated for over forty years by a government that was no friend to Christianity, introduced its constitution by acknowledging its debt to two Christian missionaries from the ninth century. For over a thousand years the Slovaks were unable to establish a state of their own — yet from the ninth century they kept a sense of identity so distinct that … View Resource

  • With Malice Aforethought Article by Kris Lundgaard

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2007

    When Genevieve told Liz she was wearing her blouse inside-out, Liz was mortified. The verb mortify comes from a Latin word for death, so it fits Liz: she wanted to die. Nowadays we rarely use the word in any other sense than this common shame felt by teenagers. But, once upon a time, believers used “mortify” and its noun mortification to name our duty to put sin to death (Rom. 8:13; Col. 3:5). And if we sweep away the cobwebs, mortification turns out to be a refreshing perspective on the Christian life — a helpful angle on what … View Resource