• Come, Lord Jesus Article by Patrick Lennox

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2007

    When it comes to eschatology, there are two types of people that I do not want to be numbered among. There are those who avoid reading the book of Revelation because they are convinced they will never understand it, and there are those who think they have mastered it, and a mere mention of something like the weather turns into a “signs of the times” discussion. I remember reading the book of Revelation for the first time. It was seventeen years ago when I cracked open that big, old, dusty Bible in my grandmother’s bedroom. I am not even sure … View Resource

  • Not to Us Article by Patrick Lennox

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2007

    Our society applauds the rich religious diversity found throughout the world. I know this because the satellite dish on the roof of my house keeps receiving signals from National Geographic, Discovery Channel, and a host of other programs daring me to explore the world around me. I love a good dare, so I watch the TV. I watch bizarre religious festivals that pay homage to strange deities. I see people put themselves in self-induced trances and perform all kinds of painful rituals on themselves to prove their devotion to an idol that can neither see nor hear. Everyone in the … View Resource

  • The Spirit of Promise Article by Patrick Lennox

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2006

    I don’t know if this happens to everyone, but a deep sense of longing fills my soul when I listen to Celtic music. I get homesick. I dream of the day when I can go the land of my fathers to smell the air, touch the soil, and behold the rolling green pastures and rocky hillsides. But once I get there, my longing will not relent. Once I touch the cold, mossy stones of ancient castle ruins and once-majestic cathedrals, I will realize that they are fading shadows of a time that ever slips my grasp. And this Ocean State … View Resource

  • He Is Able Article by Patrick Lennox

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2005

    When I was young, I received an odd birthday gift. It was odd on two counts. First, it was a book. I did not read unless absolutely necessary. The other odd thing was the subject of the book. It was nothing more than an anthology of people’s failures. The title of the book is The Incomplete Book of Failures. I never understood the point of the book except maybe to help me find someone to laugh at. Little did I know at that time that I was worthy to be numbered among that incomplete list of failures. During my … View Resource

  • Respect Your Elders Article by Patrick Lennox

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2005

    Respect your elders!” was a continual rebuke I heard from my uncle during my childhood. Although then I couldn’t define the word respect by any dictionary standard, I had a good working knowledge of what it meant to respect my elders. Judging by my actions that preceded my uncle’s rebuke, I knew that respect had something to do with not talking back or sassing, interrupting, contradicting, complaining or rolling my eyes, or any other non-verbal vocal expression of frustration. Somewhere within that list was a safe-guard against the wrath of my uncle. In 1 Peter 5, we have similar instruction … View Resource

  • Acceptable to God Article by Patrick Lennox

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2004

    A common question a fellow Christian might ask you is: “What kind of church do you go to?” The question has little to do with the denomination or creedal stance of the church; it is a question of worship, or, more specifically — worship style. Is it “contemporary” or “traditional”? Not too long ago in history, the question was “Catholic or Protestant?” Then it became: “Is it Spirit-filled?” And by the end of the last millennium, the real test of orthodoxy was whether your church believed in a “pre-,” “mid-,” or “post-tribulation” rapture. Now that the threat of global computer … View Resource

  • Where is Your Faith? Article by Patrick Lennox

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2004

    Living by faith is a multi-faceted endeavor. Trusting in the all-sufficient redeeming work of Christ is where we begin a life of faith. From there, the brilliance of this glorious reality is reflected and displayed in every area of our lives. Or at least it ought to. We know that without faith, it is impossible to please God (Heb. 11:6), and we know that all people do not have it (2 Thess 3:2). Faith is not a natural endowment embedded in the DNA of our souls; rather, it is a bona fide supernatural gift of God (Eph. 2:8). It is … View Resource

  • Even Better Article by Patrick Lennox

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2004

    The world has no shortage of champions. Some have established legacies that none are expected to surpass or even follow. Their achievements seem to reach matchless heights, leaving all in a wake of awe and wonder. They simply dominate their respective fields, and become the new authorities or standards by which all are measured. They are placed in leagues of their own, and comparisons are no longer made. Surrounding these victors are their followers who love to bask in the shadow of another’s glory. It seems that their life-mission is to proclaim the greatness of their heroes to whomever with … View Resource

  • The Holy Spirit Article by Patrick Lennox

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2002

    Are you Spirit-filled? Have you received the “second blessing”? Are you seeking it? For many, these questions have become the litmus test for the true Christian experience. Sadly, questions such as these leave many confused and disheartened as they await their “personal” Pentecost. Even worse, they lead to complacency about pneumatology, the study of the Holy Spirit. Ironically, in a time when the Holy Spirit’s popularity is at an all-time high, “communion with Him in a developing knowledge of Him is much less frequently explored.” So writes Dr. Sinclair B. Ferguson in The Holy Spirit, a volume of the … View Resource