• 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Keeping Our Eyes On Christ Article by Robert Rothwell

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2004

    I think that I have heard more sermons based on Hebrews 12 than on any other passage of Scripture. Actually, to be even more precise, I believe that I have heard more sermons based on Hebrews 12:1–2 than any other passage from the Bible. As such, these two verses are among my “favorites” when I am asked to list the Scriptures that have been particularly meaningful to me. One reason I think that I enjoy these verses so much is that I tend to be an easily distracted person. No matter where I am or what I am doing … View Resource

  • Pruned to Perfection Article by Robert Rothwell

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2004

    A newborn baby is such a wonderful example of the beauty of God’s creation. When a newborn is in the room, anyone present is awestruck by how small, cute, and innocent the infant is. At the same time, however, most everyone there is not immediately reminded that the newborn is in fact not innocent and that sin is part of the child’s nature. Life is full of sin, so full of sin, in fact, we can sometimes forget that sin even exists. When this happens, even the strongest Christian is a victim to the curse that has been given to … 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

  • Patience in Christ Article by Robert Rothwell

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2004

    Despite the inefficiency and increasing indecency of our society, I have to admit that I enjoy living in the United States. In fact, there is no other country in the world in which I would like to live. I have benefited from the many opportunities this country has to offer, and I like to think that I enjoy this country because it has, despite its faults, brought good to many parts of the world. What I have said, notwithstanding, I will confess that I grow increasingly disillusioned with America’s insistence on having everything right here and right now. We look … 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

  • Secure in God Article by Robert Rothwell

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2004

    About three years ago, one of my friends admitted to me that he believed that true Christians could lose their salvation. I remember going home that evening quite dismayed that someone with whom I served in ministry actually believed that God was not powerful enough to keep His children from falling away permanently. I also have to admit that I once briefly toyed with this idea as well. But unlike my friend, I am convinced by God’s Word that true believers will never lose their salvation. The numerous promises of God regarding the security of the believer (i.e. John … 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

  • Our Great High Priest Article by Robert Rothwell

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2004

    As a former resource consultant for Ligonier Ministries, I had the opportunity to speak with many people on the telephone. Most of them were Christians eager to find materials to help them learn more about apologetics, the Bible, theology, Christian living, and many other topics. It was a joy to help someone find the right resource for the subject they were studying. Given that the Renewing Your Mind radio program has a potential audience of millions, not all of the people with whom I spoke were Christians. I also spoke with Muslims, Mormons, agnostics, and many other non-Christians. Though the … View Resource