• The Church in Europe Article by Steffen Mueller

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2017

    Europe was the birthplace of the Reformation. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther posted the Ninety-Five Theses on the door of the Schlosskirche—the Castle Church—in Wittenberg, Germany. In God’s providence, this became a catalyst for the Reformation that God had been preparing, the Reformation that changed the world. For a long time, Europe was the center of Christian strength and influence. However, over the past two centuries, Christianity has seen a decline in Europe as the continent has moved into a post-Christian phase. The year 2017 marks the five-hundredth anniversary of the Reformation. So, let’s take an on-the-ground look at … View Resource

  • Overview of the Seventeenth Century Article by Nicholas Needham

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2017

    The seventeenth century was one of the most intense, vivid, and impactful centuries in Christian history. It was as if all the issues raised by the sixteenth-century Reformation were poured out into the seventeenth century and shaken violently, and the resulting explosive blend tipped out again to ignite the following centuries, right up to the present. In this brief overview, we can only glance at some of the main themes that continue to resonate down to our own time. SCHOLATICSM The seventeenth century was the great era of Lutheran and Reformed scholasticism. The heirs of Martin Luther and John Calvin … View Resource

  • Awakening Today Article by Tim Keesee

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2016

    Spiritual awakenings are not just a thing of the past, when giants walked the earth—giants such as Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield, John Wesley, or Charles Spurgeon. History matters, but we can’t live and believe as if our best days—and really God’s best days, too—are behind us. Sometimes we find ourselves whispering in our hearts what a tactless Gideon blurted openly, “If the LORD is with us…where are all his wonderful deeds that our fathers recounted to us?” (Judges 6:13). The God whom Gideon was questioning was indeed alive, personal, and present—and about to do even more “wonderful deeds” through this … View Resource

  • A History of Awakening Article by Keith Mathison

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2016

    Warmongering. Bloody. Idolatrous. It was not at the top of a list of cities where one would expect to see the Holy Spirit move in a mighty way. In fact, it probably wouldn’t make such a list at all if we were compiling it. It was a pagan city with no discernible interest in the living God. It was a city without a preacher of the Word. The one man raised up by God to proclaim His Word in this city had chosen to sail across the Mediterranean instead. A spiritual awakening here? Impossible—or so it seemed. For when Jonah … View Resource

  • Eastern Bankruptcy Article by Dan Iverson

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2012

    My son, Danny, came home from his Japanese baseball practice exclaiming, “Dad, coach is making us worship the ground.” The coach had required them to bow toward the ground in worship. I called a Japanese pastor who said that this was indeed false worship. He reminded me that Japan is pantheistic, like Eastern religions generally. Everything is “god.” There is no distinction between the Creator and creation. In that worldview, it is proper to worship your playing field. This later became a problem for Danny at practice when he would not bow.The first error in Eastern religion is that … View Resource