• You Shall Not Make for Yourselves a Carved Image Article by R.C. Sproul Jr.

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2015

    For all the differences that (rightly) separate us, we have much in common with Roman Catholicism. Rome affirms the great ecumenical creeds of the first millennium. She affirms the Trinity as well as the virgin birth and resurrection of Christ. She affirms that the Bible is the Word of God. One thing we don’t have in common, however, is the Ten Commandments. To be sure, Roman Catholic Bibles include Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5. But Rome separates what we call the tenth commandment in two, the ninth being “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife,” and the tenth … View Resource

  • News I Can Use Article by R.C. Sproul Jr.

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2015

    A case could be made that what separates Reformed believers from the rest of the evangelical church is less the competing doctrinal perspectives of Calvinism versus Arminianism and more the competing perspectives on the value of doctrine. That is, we who are Reformed, because we affirm particular doctrines, are quick to affirm that doctrine matters. This ought not surprise us, since it goes back to the start of the Reformation. When the Roman Catholic humanist scholar Erasmus wrote his Diatribe against the wisdom of Luther, he took a rather slippery stance, arguing less against any particular idea and arguing more … View Resource

  • Paradise Restored Article by R.C. Sproul Jr.

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2015

    There are any number of ways to capture the glory of Eden. Because it is a garden paradise, we can focus on its bucolic nature. Bereft of thorns and thistles, fruitful and beautiful, it is the ideal location, designed for man and for glory. We can zero in on the peace that reigned there, the absence of death and illness, lions lying down with lambs. We can wonder at the glory of the rivers, the gold, and the precious stones. The crescendo of God’s description, however, isn’t at any of these points. Instead, Genesis 2, just before the serpent is … View Resource

  • The Vox Dei Article by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2015

    There’s something odd about the West’s shift from modernism to postmodernism. On the one hand, we would be wise to remember that the two are kin to each other. We can debate over whether they are father and son, older brother and younger, but no one can deny the family resemblance. Both worldviews share a fundamental common conviction: the Bible is not true. On the other hand, whatever the family relationship, this is not a happy and peaceful family. While both systems affirm that the Bible is not true, they diverge as to their reasons why. Modernism tells … View Resource

  • Rest Indeed Article by R.C. Sproul Jr.

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2015 | Genesis 3

    Though it comes rather early in the story, I am convinced that Genesis 3:15 is not just the hinge of the Bible, but it is the very hinge of history. It is there that God responds to the serpent’s assault on Eden, promising that the seed of the woman would one day, at a terrible cost, crush the head of the serpent. This is God’s solemn declaration of war. The great war will last from that pregnant moment to the end of history when death, the last enemy, will be destroyed. Which means, of course, that today … View Resource

  • May the Best Man Win Article by R.C. Sproul Jr.

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2015 | Genesis 3

    It begins, I suspect, with a far too small view of the fall. There is plenty we lament about that dark day in history’s most beautiful spot. We know that sin brought division to Adam and Eve. The two were designed to be one flesh, but when God challenged Adam for his sin, Adam threw his bride under the bus: “It was the woman.” We know the fall brought death into the world and the expulsion of our parents from a garden paradise. We know, of course, that it created enmity and estrangement between man and God. Perhaps we … View Resource

  • The Quick and the Dead Article by R.C. Sproul Jr.

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2014 | Luke 13

    There’s a reason why after we are introduced to someone new that we most often ask, “What do you do?” The truth of the matter is that our identity is rightly tied up in our labors. What we do not only reveals, but is part of, what we are. I don’t begrudge people who want to separate their work from their being, but I hope they understand why it’s natural to keep the two together. In our systematic theologies, we make all sorts of divisions, and that carries with it a danger. That we are able to … View Resource

  • Looking Backward, Moving Forward Article by R.C. Sproul Jr.

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2014 | John 3

    It doesn’t happen often, but it had happened. A book written for businessmen had jumped the fence and become something of a universal best seller. Like The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People before it, and Good to Great after it, people were talking about this book, even people in the office where I worked. As I passed by the receptionist’s desk, she had it open, and was reading it during her lunch break. “What do you think?” she asked innocently enough. “Well,” I answered, “there may well be some good wisdom in that book. If there is … View Resource

  • Us and Them Article by R.C. Sproul Jr.

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2014 | Genesis 3

    It certainly is, comparatively speaking, a subplot. But it is plenty important. As God’s Word describes the power of God’s words in creation, we ought to be astonished. God speaks, and there is light. He speaks and the whole of the universe comes into existence. Creation ex nihilo—the doctrine that God did not merely rearrange preexisting “stuff” to form our universe but spoke it into being—is true, however mind-boggling it may be. God did, however, arrange what He created. Included in the creation account is not just creation, but also division. God divided the earth from sky … View Resource

  • The World and All Article by R.C. Sproul Jr.

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2014 | Matthew 6

    The Sadducees and Pharisees were no dummies. They just weren’t as smart as their enemy. As we read through the gospel accounts, it seems their strategy was simple: they would put an end to Jesus by forcing Him to destroy Himself. They would silence Him by forcing Him to put His own foot in His own mouth. They posed trick questions: Should we pay taxes to Caesar? At the resurrection, who will be the husband of a woman who went through six levirate husbands after her first husband? In the first instance, they wanted Jesus to run afoul of … View Resource

  • An Ordinary Christian Son Article by R.C. Sproul Jr.

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2014 | 1 Timothy 3

    It has become rather fashionable in certain circles these days to decry the rise in the church of what we call “the cult of personality”—and rightly so. A broader body consumed with consuming theological and biblical teaching via sundry media outlets is going to face the temptation to elevate certain voices, to take sides, to wave flags, and to give blind allegiance to a carefully crafted brand. We choose our cult leaders perhaps because we like their theological perspective, perhaps because we like their teaching style. It may be that our leader champions our favorite cause. Or it may … View Resource

  • May You Live in Interesting Times Article by R.C. Sproul Jr.

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2014 | Matthew 4

    There is a sort of application of the Observer Effect that applies to the news of the day. Sometimes confused with the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, which argues that at the subatomic level we can discern either the velocity of a particle or its location, but not both, the Observer Effect argues that observing scientific phenomena can affect what we are observing. It’s almost as if the electrons know we’re looking at them, and adjust their dance. With respect to the news of the day, we often hear this kind of argument: “Social ill x is no greater today … View Resource

  • Being Sought First, the Kingdom of God Article by R.C. Sproul Jr.

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2014 | Matthew 6

    Our faith is, more often than not, more both/and than either/or. Man’s responsibility or God’s sovereignty? Yes. Mourning or dancing? Yes. Living or dying? Yes. Our temptation in light of this is always to push for one side or the other. When we affirm man’s responsibility, some hear a denial of God’s sovereignty and vice versa. When we see someone mourning, we insist that they dance and vice versa. We ought to dance, even as we ought to mourn. And if we do it right, we find ourselves mourning while we dance and dancing … View Resource

  • Everything Old Is New Article by R.C. Sproul Jr.

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2014 | Luke 4

    We are, I believe, dispensationalists by nature. That is, dispensationalism has so dominated the evangelical church over the past one hundred years, boldly and faithfully standing on the inerrancy of the Word of God when so many turned their backs, that it has become the dominant wing of the evangelical church. Bible colleges and study Bibles strategically spread its message and, in turn, its eschatology (doctrine of the last things). Its tendency to emphasize the power of Satan in the last days has meshed well with an increasingly secularized West. It has become the water we swim in. Dispensational doctrine … View Resource

  • The Meaning of Justified Ends Article by R.C. Sproul Jr.

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2014 | Matthew 6

    What are we supposed to do? Though teleology may be the most neglected of all branches of philosophy, it cannot long be ignored in our daily lives. We need to know what we are for, what the goal is. And in a harried world, it is all the more understandable that we would seek out one, clear bottom line. We want news we can use. What we can use the most is an explanation of what our calling is. We are aimless, directionless when we don’t know where we are headed. This may explain why God’s Word is … View Resource