• A Summary of Orthodox Christology Article by Mark Jones

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2014 | Matthew 16:15-16

    There is no more important question than the one Jesus asked His disciples: “Who do you say that I am?” (Matt. 16:15). No question has been more hotly debated, completely and partially misunderstood, ignored to one’s peril, and answered correctly to one’s great gain. The correct answer to that question is, in some respects, simple enough for a child to be saved, but also complex enough to keep theologians busy for all eternity. If eternal life is to know Jesus Christ (John 17:3), we cannot afford to be ignorant about the one who is “chief among ten thousand” (Song 5:10). … View Resource

  • What Is a Covenant? Article by Mark Jones

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2014 | Genesis 3

    All true theology is based on some form of a divine covenant. The Christian religion must be understood covenantally, for that is how God has chosen to relate to man, whether in the garden or after the entrance of sin into the world. The goal of all divine–human covenants is summed up in the words found throughout the Bible: “I will be your God and you will be my people, and I will dwell among you” (Ex. 6:7; 29:45; Ezek. 11:20; 2 Cor. 6:16; Rev. 21:3). What Is a Covenant? Scholars have defined covenant—translated from the Hebrew berith and … View Resource

  • Against the Law Article by Mark Jones

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2013

    There are few theological aberrations more difficult to define than antinomianism. Some simply look at the etymology of the word and conclude that antinomians are against (anti) God’s law (nomos). Others are a bit more specific, suggesting that antinomians are those who deny the third use of the law (the law as a guide for the Christian life; for example, Eph. 6:1) as normative for the Christian believer. Still others contend that we should distinguish between theoretical antinomianism—just described—and practical antinomianism. Practical antinomianism may take on two forms. The first group are those who claim to … View Resource

  • The Greatest Commandment Article by Mark Jones

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2013

    When one of the religious scribes asked Jesus which commandment is most important, He answered: “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mark 12:28–30). Christ essentially quoted Deuteronomy 6:4–5, thus showing that the requirement for God’s people has always been the same, and, indeed, always will be the same, even into eternity. What, then, does it mean to love God with all of one’s heart, … View Resource

  • Swimming the Tiber? Article by Mark Jones

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2012

    The Roman Catholic Church poses several attractions for evangelical Christians. Whether their motivation is Rome’s apparent unifying power, its claims to be semper idem (“always the same”), its so-called historical pedigree, its ornate liturgy, or the belief that only Rome can withstand the onslaught of liberalism and postmodernism, a number of evangelicals have given up their “protest” and made the metaphorical trek across Rome’s Tiber River into the Roman Catholic Church. Historically, particularly during the Reformation and post-Reformation periods, those who defected back to Rome typically did so out of intense social, political, and ecclesiastical pressure—sometimes even to save themselves … View Resource

  • Worship Article by Mark Jones

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2011

    God created us to worship him, which is His prerogative as God (Ps. 95:6; Rev. 4:11; 14:7). Humans are at their best when they are worshipping the triune God, just as they are at their worst when they are worshipping anything or anyone else. In English, “worship” derives from the old English word weorthscipe, which means acknowledgment of worth (Rev. 4:9-11; 5:2). The Greek word proskuneĊ means “to fall down” (Acts 10:25), and in Hebrew, shachahmeans to “bow down” (Ex. 24:1). However, the root meaning of these words does not give us a complete idea of worship. Worship … View Resource