• Christmas According to the Angels (Part 3 of 3) Article by R. Fowler White

    In this final part of our three-part series on Christmas according to the Angels, we contemplate the truth that the birth announcements of the angels celebrated “glory to God” and “peace for man.” Consider first that the angels celebrated “glory to God” (Luke 2:14) in their birth announcements for Jesus. In those words, what did the angels tell us but that in Jesus the full weight of “the Godness of God,” the perfections and excellencies of God, has been revealed? In Jesus, “all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell” (Col 1:19). In other words, in Jesus, the “beauty … View Resource

  • Christmas According to the Angels (Part 2 of 3) Article by R. Fowler White

    In our first installment in this series, we learned that the Gospel birth announcements of the angels brought “good news of great joy” to those humbled by sin, suffering, and death. In this our second installment, we focus on two more truths: 1) the birth announcements of the angels were sent to “all the people” (Luke 2:10) and 2) those birth announcements spoke of Jesus’ person and work. Let’s look more closely at each of these points. View Resource

  • Christmas According to the Angels (Part 1 of 3) Article by R. Fowler White

    Other than the Holy Spirit, they are the most pivotal players in the drama that we know as the Christmas story; they are the most pivotal players in the accounts God gave us about the birth of Jesus our Lord. Matthew the Evangelist tells us that it was one of them who brought the announcement of the upcoming birth to Joseph. Luke the Evangelist tells us that it was one of them who brought the announcement of the upcoming birth to Mary. And Luke again tells us that it was a host of them who brought the birth announcement to … View Resource

  • Christmas According to the Apostle Paul - Gal 4:4-5 (Part 3 of 3) Article by R. Fowler White

    Galatians 4

    In the two previous installment in our series on Gal 4:4-5, we have learned four features of the Apostle’s answer to the question, what Child is this who was born at Christmas? We have focused on the Child as the heart of history, on two circumstances of His birth, and on the purpose of His coming. In this final installment we learn two more features of Christmas according to Paul. View Resource

  • Christmas According to the Apostle Paul - Gal 4:4-5 (Part 2 of 3) Article by R. Fowler White

    Galatians 4

    In our first installment in this series on Christmas according to Paul, we learned that, for the Apostle, Jesus is the Child for whom all of time had waited and who was born of a woman. In the second part of our series, we learn two more truths about Christmas from Paul as he writes in Gal 4:4-5. View Resource

  • Christmas According to the Apostle Paul - Gal 4:4-5 (Part 1 of 3) Article by R. Fowler White

    Galatians 4

    One of the most beloved carols that Christians sing during the Christmas season is that of William C. Dix, What Child is This? As few other carols do, the lyrics of this selection prompt us to contemplate the identity, the person and work, of the Babe in the manger. In fact, the carol politely but persistently presses us to answer the question: is this Child truly a holy infant or a mere holiday infant? View Resource

  • Jesus and His Apostles: Teaching in Harmony Article by R. Fowler White

    Have you ever gotten the impression that the teaching of the apostles is at odds with the teaching of Jesus?  Sometimes it may seem that way, especially when we see Jesus emphasizing certain things that the apostles don’t, and vice versa.  Though we may be confident that, in the end, their teaching is harmonious, we do get special enjoyment when we see examples of doctrinal harmony between Jesus and His apostles.   I had just such an experience recently as I was listening to Dr. Sproul preach on Matthew 23 and Jesus’ lament over the spiritual state of … View Resource

  • Our Pasts Don’t Have to Matter Article by R. Fowler White

    During our election cycles in the U.S., we see a lot of headlines and hear a lot of talk about the past of candidates for public office.  We wrestle with and quarrel about the question, Do their pasts matter? Usually, it matters when we think their pasts are a predictor of what they’ll do in the future. So, we say, sometimes their pasts matter; sometimes they don’t.  Often when I see these headlines, I can’t help but think of officeholders in the Bible. Whether in the nation of Israel or in the church, I ask, Did their … View Resource

  • The Letter to the Church in Thyatira Article by R. Fowler White

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2009

    In the opening pages of Revelation, our Lord introduces Himself as heaven’s holy warrior (1:12–20) who would prepare His people to overcome their enemies (2:7, 11, 17, 26; 3:5, 12, 21) by exhorting them to hear what the Spirit has to say in the letters He writes to seven churches. Strikingly, though He writes each letter to a particular church, Christ insists that each be heard by all (2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22), effectively making each one an “open letter” for all believers to read. What, then, does Christ want us to learn … View Resource

  • Designed for Dignity Article by R. Fowler White

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2005

    Evaporated. That is a word we can use to describe what has happened to the truth that we live in a moral universe, preserved by the self-revealing holy God. As David F. Wells pointed out in his book Losing Our Virtue, the postmodern mind has substituted values for virtues; personality for character; shame for guilt; and the self for human nature in God’s image — and the exchange has been devastating for our culture. Consider the last of these substitutions. As Wells points out, the self is unique to each individual such that no two individuals have a common reality … View Resource