• Entering Adulthood Article by Derek Halvorson

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2017

    The college years are a critical season in young people’s lives. For most, it’s the first time they are really out from underneath mom and dad’s roof, and thus the first time they confront the issues and pressures that come with adult life. It’s a time when they often grapple with philosophical questions about life, such as who they are, what they value, what they want to pursue in life, and what kind of person they want to be. It is an exciting time when they can explore new interests, learn about fresh possibilities, develop a vision for their future, … View Resource

  • Passing Down the Truth of God Article by John MacArthur

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2017

    I learned a vital spiritual lesson while participating in a track meet during my college years. I was running in the 4x400-meter relay at the Orange County Invitational. As a baseball player moonlighting in track and field, I wasn’t the fastest runner on our team. So, I ran the second leg. Our strategy was simple. The first runner, a speedy sprinter, would get as big a lead as possible right out of the starting blocks. My job was merely to run a clean lap without dropping the baton. Our third man was strong and fast, and our fourth man was … View Resource

  • Tabletalk Past, Present, and Future Article by The Editors of Tabletalk

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2017

    TT: How did Tabletalk begin? How has the magazine changed over the years? TT: To answer that question, we have to go back to Martin Luther. Luther was a great teacher. He taught from the pulpit, in the classroom, and by writing books. But, like any good teacher, he taught in the ordinary moments of his life. He taught when fellowshipping with believers. These teachings, gathered by his students over a lifetime of ministry, became the first Table Talk. Table Talk was a book, a collection of sayings. These sayings came from conversations that were often had while … View Resource

  • How Should We Remember? Article by David Mathis

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2016

    I remember it so distinctly from my childhood—that early-morning glow on the doorframe of my father’s study. I had just stumbled out of bed and was still groggy. As I would come around the corner into the kitchen, I’d turn and see on the far end of the room that his light was already on, streaming into the hallway. Dad was reading Tabletalk and poring over his Bible, remembering the promises of God. Over the years, he had made a habit of making a beeline for God’s Word first thing in the morning, to hear His voice in the Scriptures … View Resource

  • The State of Theology Article by Chris Larson

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2016

    Tabletalk: Why did Ligonier do the State of Theology survey? Stephen Nichols: One of the cardinal rules of giving a speech is “Know your audience.” Back in 2014, we partnered with LifeWay Research to conduct a survey of the theological beliefs of three thousand Americans. We decided to undertake the survey again in 2016 and expand the visualization of the data into a new website, TheStateOfTheology.com. Our ultimate purpose for this survey is to help churches, Christian ministries, and Christians live as the body of Christ in our place and in our time. Chris Larson: Dr. Sproul has … View Resource

  • Why Can’t Christians Just Join the Revolution? Article by Albert Mohler

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2016

    Why not just join the revolution? This question seems obvious to many people who look at conservative Christians and honestly wonder why we cannot just change our views on homosexuality, same-sex marriage, and the entire constellation of LGBT issues. We are constantly told that we must abandon the clear teachings of the Bible in order to get “on the right side of history.” But, it’s not that we don’t understand the argument—we just cannot accept it. Of course, many liberal denominations and churches have indeed capitulated to the sexual revolution. As the legitimization of homosexuality moves forward, some churches and … View Resource

  • Growing in Maturity Article by Tom Ascol

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2016

    One thing most children have in common is a desire to grow up. They look forward to being big and experiencing life from the perspective of someone who has advanced beyond childhood. Whether that involves going to school or getting a driver’s license, the privileges and opportunities that attend maturity lead children to aspire to growth. Adults expect children to grow as well. When they fail to develop and mature, it is abnormal and therefore cause for concern. Scripture encourages such desires and expectations for believers. Peter writes, “Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it … View Resource

  • Immaturity Article by Dan Dumas

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2016

    The poet Ogden Nash once said, “You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely.” Immaturity plagues us all. We are made clean by the blood of Christ at conversion, but we wait for eternity to be fully and finally saved from the flesh that dogs us at every waking moment. This blessed hope keeps us battling the inertia of immaturity. God’s Spirit is with us. Perfection cannot be fully attained in this life, but a life of increasing maturity is our calling. It is toward this end that we strive and our sanctification aims. While we are … View Resource

  • Mature in Christ Article by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2016

    One of the greatest joys of pastoral ministry is preaching the Word of God to the people of God every Lord’s Day, morning and evening. However, it is also one of the greatest challenges of pastoral ministry. The challenge is not only in the enjoyable and arduous task of sermon preparation, nor is it merely in the spiritual, emotional, and physiological strain of preaching. The challenge also comes in expositing and carefully applying the Word of God to the entire congregation—to mature believers and to new believers, to believers who are weak in the faith and to believers who are … View Resource

  • The Church and Discipleship Article by Jay Bauman

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2016

    When I was fourteen years old, I had my first summer job: historical tour guide. I led tours through a well-known historical site in a small, quaint town in the upper Midwest United States. On my first day on the job, my boss handed me a large manual and said I needed to learn all of the historical facts of the site to be ready to give tours. The problem was, I didn’t have a lot of interest in learning the facts. So, I skimmed through it just to get enough basic information to start giving tours. I ended up … View Resource

  • The Church Triumphant Article by Robert VanDoodewaard

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2016

    It can be hard for us to think of the church as victorious. As we survey the landscape, we see churches slipping into lawlessness and even anti-Christian teachings. In our personal lives, some of our deepest wounds may be from divisions, disappointments, or betrayals that happened within the church. Our own sins and weaknesses as members of the body of Christ weigh on our consciences at times. As we survey the church, can we describe it as victorious? How do we reconcile what we see at times with the glorious and triumphant church that the Bible describes? You may have … View Resource

  • The Members of the Church Article by Julius J. Kim

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2016

    According to one dictionary, an oxymoron is defined as “a combination of contradictory or incongruous words,” such as “cruel kindness” or “sweet sorrow.” Is “churchless Christian” an oxymoron? Though the Bible does not have one specific verse that states unequivocally that church membership is required for all Christians, it is replete with passages that teach that once you become a Christian, you should become a professing member of the visible church. Simply put, those who are united to Jesus Christ through faith in Him are also part of His body, the church. Members of local churches not only receive wonderful … View Resource

  • The Worship of the Church Article by Steffen Mueller

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2016

    The Psalter ends with Psalm 150:6: “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD! Praise the LORD!” God has created us and given us breath so that we can worship Him and give Him praise. In December 2009, after I had just landed in Atlanta, I received the news that the beloved grandfather of my wife had died and was with Jesus. A few days later at the funeral, as I was standing at the open casket, I had to think of the words of Psalm 150:6 and what an incredible gift from God it is to have breath and … View Resource

  • Ministering to Addicts Article by Mike McKinley

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2016

    The idea of ministering to people with addictions is probably intimidating for most Christians. Addictions oftentimes give rise to other attendant sins such as lying or stealing that make it unpleasant or even dangerous to be around someone in the grip of an addiction. By the time their problem comes to light, many addicts’ lives are spinning out of control, and it’s hard to imagine mustering the kind of resources and energy necessary to really help someone with an addiction. This kind of ministry might seem like the sort of thing that requires special training or expertise. Surely, it’s not … View Resource

  • Supernatural Friendship Article by Ryan Townsend

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2016

    One of my favorite songs in high school was U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” It captured my youthful angst and dissatisfaction in this world and its friendships. Now, I had a great childhood, and I’ve always been a happy extrovert. But I wasn’t raised in a Christian home, and never experienced the full joy of Christian fellowship until I found Jesus—in a local, evangelical church on Capitol Hill, when I was twenty-three years old. God used friendships in this church to bring me to Christ (Matt. 5:16). Then, the Lord used (and is using) these relationships … View Resource