• Sola Scriptura Article by Robert Rothwell

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2005

    A few months ago, a friend and I shared with each other our favorite passages of Scripture. Without hesitation, I included Revelation 21 in my list because of its promise of new heavens and a new earth. The book of Ruth and its picture of redemption has also been a source of much comfort in my life. Because of our different personalities and life experiences, I think it is somewhat inevitable that we will all identify with a particular passage or character from the Bible more than other ones. In His wise providence, God has given us a collection of … View Resource

  • Survey Says Article by Robert Rothwell

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2008

    Opinion polls frequently make headlines in these United States. Media outlets, in particular, seem obsessed with reporting on things like the approval ratings of the president and, less frequently, the congress. The results are always reported as a percentage so that we learn how seventy percent of Americans disapprove of the president in 2008, with the disapproval of congress hovering around ninety percent. Honestly speaking, I have always been a bit skeptical about the whole process of polling. I have no way of testing my theory, but I believe that the reporting of such numbers has the effect of swaying many … View Resource

  • Telling the Truth Article by Robert Rothwell

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2006

    When I was about four or five years old, my mother found the letter “F” scribbled in crayon on the hallway wall of our home. Since my brother would have been about three and my sister barely a year old, it was clear that I was the culprit, for I had been learning to write in preschool. Therefore, my mother asked me who wrote on the wall so that I might come clean about my misdeed. I wish I could say I told the truth at the time. I actually blamed my brother, which was laughable as he did not … View Resource

  • The Thorns Article by Robert Rothwell

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2009 | Matthew 13

    The greater Miami area, where I was born and raised, is one of the most developed regions in the entire state of Florida. There are hardly any wilderness areas left in the midst of the urban sprawl, but every so often it is possible to happen upon an area in the midst of all the housing developments and shopping centers that has been left as is, a forest oasis surrounded by human construction. During college I worked at a summer camp situated within one of these rare plots of undeveloped land. At least once a week we would hike through … View Resource

  • Transformed in Glory Article by Robert Rothwell

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2004

    About two years ago I bought my first new car. Actually, to say it was a new car would be a bit misleading. It was three years old at the time and had 40,000 miles on it. Still, considering the fact that I had been driving hand-me down vehicles for many years prior to my purchase, the car was new to me, and I still enjoy driving it everywhere. However, during spring evenings I find myself less enthusiastic about driving the car. This has nothing to do with my car, it is actually related to the physical environment here … View Resource

  • Truly Supernatural Article by Robert Rothwell

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2006

    Near the end of my seminary days, I remember one of my professors chastising us because we really “did not believe the Bible.” I found this to be a remarkable statement because, after all, I was attending one of the most conservative seminaries in the country, one that I had chosen because of its overall biblical fidelity. But my professor was not questioning our commitment to the inspiration of the Scriptures. Instead, he was simply calling into question the prevailing, modern worldview that has affected all of us in Western society. My professor used the example of the rainbow … View Resource

  • United in Truth and Love Article by Robert Rothwell

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2008

    Summers are traditionally a time for vacation, and that was certainly true of my youth. Besides journeys to visit grandparents and time spent on the beach, however, summers during my high school years usually involved one kind of church retreat or another. These were not your ordinary, garden-variety retreats made up solely of people who were members of my local congregation. No, these retreats were a broader affair, involving people from all sorts of denominations in my hometown of Miami, Florida. Baptists, Pentecostals, Presbyterians, Lutherans, Methodists, non-denominational evangelicals, and even Roman Catholics were all represented on these spiritual getaways, making them … View Resource

  • Where Did I Go Wrong? Article by Robert Rothwell

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2015

    It’s a thrilling episode—Martin Luther, standing before the Diet of Worms, the only faithful Christian in his day, proclaiming his God-given right to read the Bible however he saw fit: “Unless I am convinced by my self-determined understanding of Scripture, I will not recant. Here I stand, I can do no other.” Obviously, I’ve embellished the account. No historically informed Protestant would say outright that Luther was the only faithful believer in His day. Neither would an informed Protestant confess that Luther’s protest came from his private reading of Scripture apart from the work of his theological … View Resource

  • Whose Opinion Really Matters? Article by Robert Rothwell

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2006

    I have confessed my addiction to news programming in this space before, and at the risk of sounding repetitious, I am going to do so again. When I was asked to write this article that reflects broadly on the themes for this month’s daily studies, I could not help but think about a phrase often repeated on the various “news analysis” programs that run on television. As different issues have been debated in recent months, it seems that there is one saying both conservative and liberal talking heads are willing to express. The words I am thinking of are, “Everyone … View Resource

  • Why Do We Suffer? Article by Robert Rothwell

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2005

    Throughout my life I have always been a voracious reader. I can remember being enamored by books at a very young age and becoming excited during my preschool years as I was first taught to read. Even today, hardly a day goes past when I am not reading something, whether it be a magazine, a newspaper, or any other kind of print media. In addition, I usually am reading one or more books on a variety of topics. Since high school I have been particularly enamored by theological literature. Reading the great theologians of the past and the present helps … View Resource

  • The Witness of Luke Article by Robert Rothwell

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2009

    Imagine for a moment that you are a citizen of the Roman Empire during the first century. You are living at a time of peace and prosperity under the reign of the caesar, whom many call “lord.” Most of your life you have admired Jewish ethics, even though you reject practices like circumcision. Perhaps you have even become a God-fearer, a Gentile who embraces Jewish monotheism without adopting the ceremonial regulations of the Mosaic law. Now imagine that you have just heard the gospel of salvation from a man named Paul. This apostle has told you that lordship belongs … View Resource