• Voices of Temptation Article by Derek Thomas

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2006

    The birth of Ishmael, son of Abram and Hagar, is a tale that in some sense at least should never have been. From it emerges a familial and ethnic strife that lasts to this very day. It is a tale of marital strife, of hobbling faith and catastrophic consequence. There is an interesting and devastating parallel in the way Moses recounts the tale of Adam’s fall in the garden of Eden and Abram’s lapse of faith in Genesis 16: both employ the phrase, they “listened to the voice of…” (Gen. 3:17; 16:2). And in both instances, the men are said … View Resource

  • Nothing but the Blood Article by Derek Thomas

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2006

    The story of Melchizedek (Gen. 14:17-24) is both curious and unexpected. It is a story of immense significance in the development of the story of redemption. Abram is faced with a stark choice the consequences of which will reverberate down the corridors of the Old Testament and right into our own time. Returning from his great military victory in the rescuing of Lot and the cities near the Dead Sea (Gen. 14), gratitude to Abram was certainly in order. Two kings greet the conquering hero. But how different the encounters are! One (Melchizedek) is appreciative and gracious; the other (an … View Resource

  • The Least of the Apostles Article by Jerry Bridges

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2006

    There are about twenty-six different Christian character traits taught either by precept or example in the New Testament. Three of them, trusting God (as opposed to being anxious or afraid), love, and humility, are taught more often than all the others together. Since some of the remaining ones — such as compassion, kindness, gentleness, and patience — grow out of love and humility, we can learn a lot about the character of the apostle Paul by limiting our study to these three traits. Looking first at Paul’s trust in God, we recall that he is the one who wrote to … View Resource

  • Apostle to the Gentiles Article by Thomas Schreiner

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2006

    Paul’s conversion on the Damascus Road also represented his calling to serve as a missionary to the nations. The Lord made it clear when Paul was converted that he was “a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel” (Acts 9:15). Paul’s role as a missionary is captured by the words Jesus spoke to him on the Damascus Road according to Acts 26:18: “…to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of … View Resource

  • Paul: A Servant of Jesus Christ Article by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2006

    When I look back over forty years of teaching, I sometimes think I must be the most inarticulate writer and speaker in the history of the world. I wonder about that when I read interpretations of my teaching from the pens of other people, particularly from those who are hostile to what I declare. Frequently the distortions are so great that I cannot recognize my own position in the criticism. It may be helpful in trying to interpret mine or any other teacher’s declarations by looking at their geographical backgrounds. I grew up in the city of Pittsburgh, in a … View Resource

  • A Man in Christ Article by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2006

    What does it mean to be a real man? According to the standards of our society, a real man is big and strong, bold and brave, confident and competitive. Through the voices of the moguls of media and the movies, young men are taught that a real man is a true stoic — someone who doesn’t show his emotions; he is apathetic about the cares of the world, apathetic to the problems of others, and, especially, apathetic to all things religious. Just about every popular television program, commercial, and cartoon portrays men as infantile, aloof, and ignorant, and if our … View Resource

  • Father Abraham Had Many Sons Article by Chris Donato

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2006

    With our daily studies just beginning to introduce that pagan family from Ur of the Chaldeans, we are also introduced to the one whom the God of creation called to start fixing the evil mess Adam and his children made. Through Abraham and his children and grand-children, God eventually sent His Son to fulfill finally and faithfully the vocation to which His ancestors were called. And Abraham was the one who left everything behind, walking by faith, even when he didn’t know where he was going (Heb. 11:8). For this, he was revered by the people of Israel as a … View Resource

  • He Walked with God Article by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2006

    Wherever I travel throughout the world, I always make certain to visit the grave sites of civilization’s most famous men. From the grave of Martin Luther in Germany, to the tomb of Cyrus the Great in Persia (present-day Iran), I have visited many places where the honored dead have been buried. Recently, I was in Yerevan, Armenia, where it is hard not to see the great mount Ararat standing tall in the distance between Armenia and eastern Turkey. Every time my eyes caught a glimpse of the great mountain, I could not help to think that it was upon that … View Resource