• A Brave New World Article by Robert Rothwell

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2008

    On September 14, 2001, as the United States was still coming to grips with al Qaeda’s assault on New York and Washington, D.C., dignitaries gathered in the national cathedral to memorialize the dead and show forth the country’s resolve to stand united against its attackers. Though ostensibly a Christian house of worship, the clergy leading the service did not all represent the Christian faith. In fact, a rabbi and an imam both had roles in the “worship,” which was opened with an invocation calling upon the “God of Abraham and Mohammed and Father of our Lord, Jesus Christ … View Resource

  • Can Christians ‘Do Business’ with the World? Article by Robert Rothwell

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2013 | John 17

    In recent decades, a number of prominent Christian organizations and denominations have called for Christians to boycott businesses that are associated in some way with non-Christian ethics. Over the years, these groups have called for boycotts of companies and products such as American Airlines, The Gap, Burger King, Clorox, Crest, Ford, Hallmark Cards, Kraft Foods, Microsoft, the Walt Disney Company, IKEA, Pampers, Target, the Campbell Soup Company, and many more. Homosexuality and abortion have been the major issues that have inspired these boycotts. For example, some of the boycotted companies give employee benefits to homosexual couples, advertise in pro-homosexual magazines … View Resource

  • Consider the Public Article by Robert Rothwell

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2012

    Unbelievers, even though their hearts and minds are opposed to God’s truth, sometimes have more spiritual insight than we give them credit for. At least that is what I learned as a junior in college. As a religion major at a secular university, I often found myself in the middle of classroom debates about the inerrancy of Scripture, the exclusivity of Christ, and other matters. I wish that I could tell you I was always charitable and irenic in my attempts to keep teachers and students from turning the teaching of Jesus on its head. Unfortunately, my excitement for the … View Resource

  • Consistent Living Article by Robert Rothwell

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2005

    Ask anyone to tell you what constitutes a good work, and it will not be too long before you receive a litany of responses. Helping to repair a widow’s leaky roof, giving shelter to the homeless, helping the local rescue mission serve hot meals on Thanksgiving Day, and many other physical expressions of goodness readily spring to mind when we think of the phrase “good work.” Certainly all of the things that I have listed can be considered good works. Helping the needy among us is of primary importance to our profession of faith (James 2:14–17). Our faith … View Resource

  • Daily Nourishment For The People Of God Article by Robert Rothwell

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2007

      If I had to pick one biblical verse to serve as a theme statement for Tabletalk, I would choose Deuteronomy 8:3: “Man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” Despite the variety of topics we cover in the magazine, it is always our intention to point believers back to the only infallible authority for our faith and life — the Word of God. Every section of the magazine is concerned to help you understand and apply the Scriptures. The importance of consistent, systematic Bible … View Resource

  • Decisions, Decisions Article by Robert Rothwell

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2006

    Recently, I found myself in a discussion with my sister about some of the things we used to do when we were children. I have to admit that is always fun to reminisce about those days and consider all of the simple things that brought such joy to our hearts so long ago. We recalled with fondness the many games of baseball we used to play with the neighborhood kids in the schoolyard across the street from our house. She reminded me of those many nights my father took us all out to dinner because my mother was busy conducting … View Resource

  • Doctrine Applied Article by Robert Rothwell

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2005

    On a dark Friday afternoon two thousand years ago, an itinerant preacher and miracle worker hung on a Roman cross just outside the ancient city of Jerusalem. A small crowd gathered to observe the agonizing death of this man who, with His claim to be the very Lord of the universe, had aroused the ire of the temple authorities. Many in this crowd believed that they were doing a service to God and country by executing this popular teacher. Others remained bewildered that the one they called Messiah was suffering a death reserved only for the worst of criminals. Neither … View Resource

  • The Eternal Priesthood Article by Robert Rothwell

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2004

    When I was sixteen years old I became convinced that I was not going to be around much longer. Now before you jump to the conclusion that I had become obsessed with my own demise, I should give the reason why I did not think I had many more days on this earth. It was not because I thought I was going to die at an early age. The reason that I would be going to heaven had nothing to do with my death. You see, like all good American Christians, I knew that the rapture was coming. The formation … View Resource

  • The Everlasting Kingdom Article by Robert Rothwell

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2006

    Even though the 2004 U.S. presidential election was not even two years ago, the media is already looking ahead to the 2008 campaign cycle. This reporting can be exasperating, but it is not surprising. In biblical terms, the attention paid to presidential politics seems to reflect our desire, even in a republic, to have one, sovereign ruler. This wish, revealing an innate need for submission to the One whose image we bear, may be unconscious, but it is present nonetheless. The story of Israel’s king is the emphasis of the historical books of the Bible, and this story is … View Resource

  • Fear of Death and Disease Article by Robert Rothwell

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2013

    I see a spot we need to keep an eye on.” Cancer. It wasn’t a diagnosis that I ever expected to hear as a young man about to start a family. Immediately, my mind filled with questions: How will I tell my wife? How will she manage if I die? What will the treatment cost? Am I ready to die? There were no words in the immediate aftermath. It helped that the cancer with which I’d been diagnosed has a 95-percent cure rate, but I’d be lying if I said that eliminated my worries. A 95-percent cure … View Resource

  • Good News for All Nations Article by Robert Rothwell

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2008

    Writing for Tabletalk is a great honor. It is hard to put into words the privilege of having one’s writing published alongside contributions from today’s finest theologians and pastors. Those who worked on the magazine before us have set a high standard indeed and by God’s grace we hope that we can be faithful to their example. This standard also makes writing for Tabletalk a great responsibility. We are called to be true to the legacy Dr. R.C. Sproul has set, a legacy of faithfulness to the biblical doctrines recovered during the Reformation. Our job is not to … View Resource

  • Hyper-Criticism Article by Robert Rothwell

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2011

    Our Accusing Apprentice, We are encouraged at how discouraged you seem by your inability to get your subject to renounce her allegiance to the name that terrifies even us. Our joy, however, is not in your displeasure, even if your suffering chills our heart. No, your discouragement gladdens us, for we can now show you the right approach to make this woman a weapon against the kingdom that we oppose. Having watched her for many years, her life convinces us that she is no goat in sheep’s clothing, and we will never pry her loose from her commander’s hand. But … View Resource

  • Intolerable Tolerance Article by Robert Rothwell

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2004

    One of my seminary professors had a true story that he would tell in order to illustrate the false humility of postmodern relativism. While he was a professor at a state university, he had a student who was an evangelical Christian. One Sunday, this student was visiting a liberal church in the downtown area of a big city. The pastor, who had embraced relativism with enthusiasm, was preaching a sermon that began with the statement “all religious beliefs are true,” and it went downhill from there. Minute by minute, the preacher told the congregation that all faiths were equally … View Resource

  • Joyful Submission Article by Robert Rothwell

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2004

    People who know me well will tell you that I can tend to be critical on occasion. Now that is true, but I have to admit that I do not like to be critical. Nevertheless, I often find myself jumping to conclusions and looking down on certain things even when the evidence may not warrant it. Several things contribute to this tendency. In some areas I tend to be a perfectionist and can fall into the danger of thinking that I can do certain tasks better than anyone else. Some of my friends can also be on the critical side … View Resource

  • Justice Served Article by Robert Rothwell

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2007

    From a young age my family always encouraged me to read. Without fail, I received at least one book in addition to other presents every birthday or Christmas morning. My favorite books to read as a child were in a series called The Great Brain. These novels, set in late nineteenth-century Utah, told the stories of a smart (and crooked) pre-teen boy named Tom as related by his brother J.D. In one of the books in this series, Tom is sent off to a boarding school, and J.D. is left for a year to live life without … View Resource