• Observing Baptism as a Means of Grace Article by Matt Ryman

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2017

    Take a moment to recall the last time you observed a baptism. It was likely during a worship service. The pastor surely took time to remind the congregation of what baptism is and what it represents. Once the sacrament had been administered, the congregation may have responded with applause. It was a special moment for the one being baptized and his or her family. But if you’re a believer, it was intended to be special for you too. Christians believe baptism is a means of grace for the one being baptized. What some do not realize is that baptism is … View Resource

  • The Roots of Legalism Article by Stephen Nichols

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2016

    One of Martin Luther’s many contributions concerns the Latin word incurvitas. This sounds like something a dentist might say to you as he pokes and prods in the molars. But it’s not. It means “turned inward.” It means that we are naturally selfish, self-centered, and self-absorbed. While all of those are damning enough, this condition of incurvitas has an even more telling effect. Because we are turned inward, we think we can achieve righteousness entirely on our own. So we strive, white-knuckling it, to achieve a right standing before God. How many times have you heard someone say that … View Resource

  • Terms for the Covenant Article by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2016

    Reformed theology, as many have said, is covenant theology, for the concept of covenant has shaped the development of Reformed thinking. We should expect as much because of our doctrine of sola Scriptura, which says that the Bible is the only infallible authority for Christian faith and practice. Therefore, we want to structure all theological understanding according to Scripture. This demands covenant theology, since covenant is an organizing principle in Scripture. Given the importance of the biblical doctrine of covenant, all Christians should have at least a basic understanding of what the Bible means by the term covenant. In … View Resource

  • Fear of the Future Article by Edward Welch

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2013

    All fears are prophecies about the future. They start small—a robber might steal your bike, the boogieman will eat you before the night is over—and they grow from there. These fears need help, however, to go global and apocalyptic. I grew up during a time that supplied that help. I was in elementary school during the height of the Red Scare. The Late Great Planet Earth was a bestseller, and the media reported on the worst of global affairs. Given that fertile soil, no Christian needed imagination to envision the Red Army using demonic devices to detect that you were … View Resource

  • Christian Parenting Article by Elyse Fitzpatrick

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2012

    Allie was having a rough night. She had already been disciplined once for slapping one of the pastor’s sons across the face, and she had just done it again, this time to his brother. Her mother was humiliated and frustrated. Allie was angry, ashamed, and hopeless as she sat in her room awaiting the consequences. When her mom went to speak with her, Allie cried, “I don’t deserve to be out there with my friends.” How would you have answered her? Practically every parent on the planet has had a conversation with a child about the impropriety of hitting others. … View Resource

  • No Ordinary Mercy Article by John Sartelle

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2010 | Ephesians 2

    India‚Äôs caste system is huge and complicated. It has many divisions and subdivisions. The caste system divides the people into unbreakable groups divided by occupation, money, and position. In the 1930s, the British discovered a previously unknown caste. This new caste was the lowest of the low. These poor people were assigned the job of washing clothes for the Untouchables. The Untouchables had been thought to be the lowest caste. They could not touch or be touched or they would contaminate those above them. However, the pitiful people of this even lower caste believed they would contaminate the higher castes … View Resource

  • God Loves a Cheerful Giver Article by James Harvey

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2009

    I love the movie Chariots of Fire. Now over twenty-five years old, the movie remains a compelling testimony of God blessing the faithful use of our gifts and talents. The film chronicles the life of Eric Liddell, a Scottish missionary who was an Olympic-caliber sprinter. At one point in the movie Eric discusses his love of running with his sister Jennie. She is concerned that running is interfering with his call to the mission field. Juxtaposing his own sense of purpose to serve with his love of running, he says to Jennie: “I believe that God made me for … View Resource

  • Uncommon Belief Article by John Hutchinson

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2004

    Earth’s crammed with heaven, and every common bush afire with God; but only he who sees takes off his shoes; the rest sit around it and pluck blackberries.” — Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Aurora Leigh, Book VII Through our study of Scripture, we have been able to observe how common bushes are set aflame, and we have considered the means by which God shines His mercy “over all that He has made” (Ps. 145:9). Let us now explore three crucial areas of application of the doctrine of common grace. Common Grace is Uncommon Jesus teaches that belief in common grace … View Resource