• The Name of Jesus Article by Kevin DeYoung

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2011

    Over the past two thousand years, more people on planet earth have known the name of Jesus than any other name. Since AD 33, over eight billion people, by one estimate, have claimed to be followers of this Jesus — or Jésus or Isus or whatever the Christ is called in your language. Billions more have heard of His name. Today, the name of Jesus can be found in more than six thousand languages, and more are being added every year. On the one hand, it’s strange that this single name has dominated the past two thousand years of world … View Resource

  • Brought Near by His Blood Article by Anthony Carter

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2011

    Men are prone to forget those things that women seem to hold most dear. Many husbands even have forgotten the date of an anniversary or birthday. Most of them have experienced the wrath of their wives’ glance when in polite company they failed to recall — with joy — an important day or date. Yet while I have been the recipient of that unfortunate stare, I would contend that forgetfulness is a malady that is no respecter of gender or person. It befalls us all. God knows this and thus graciously calls on us time and time again to remember. … View Resource

  • The Allurement of Christ Article by Nicholas Batzig

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2011 | Genesis 34

    Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (1 John 2:15). Thomas Chalmers’ sermon “The Expulsive Power of a New Affection” has proven to be extremely helpful to Christians who are eager to overcome sinful desires. In it, Chalmers suggests that all men live in a state of constant desire. It is impossible not to desire something for even a single second. In our fallen condition, the object of our hearts’ desires will always be the sinful allurements of the world. We may … View Resource

  • The Idol-Crushing King Article by Nicholas Batzig

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2011

    Little children, keep yourselves from idols” (1 John 5:21). If the heart of man is, as John Calvin described it, “an idol-making factory,” then the way in which those idols are destroyed should be of utmost importance to us. The Bible is replete with references to idolatry because it was written with the purpose of confronting it and providing the remedy for it. The idolatry of Israel is evident throughout the Old Testament—no less than the idolatry of the Gentile nations. No sooner did God deliver His people from the bondage of the idolatrous Egyptians than they made an idol … View Resource

  • Our Only Mediator Article by Kim Riddlebarger

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2009

    Q. But who now is that Mediator, who in one person is true God and also a true and righteous man? A. Our Lord Jesus Christ, who is freely given unto us for complete redemption and righteousness. (Heidelberg Catechism, Q&A 18) Christians believe that the human race is fallen in Adam. It is not as though the human race is sick and faces imminent demise because of the effects that sin will have upon us if we do nothing about it; rather, Scripture teaches that we are already dead in sins and trespasses (Rom. 5:12–19; Eph. 2:1). This means that … View Resource

  • The Face of God Article by Chris Donato

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2005

    As has been mentioned time and again in our study of the epistle of John, there were certain folks within that church who claimed a secret knowledge, one that set them apart from the rest of the crowd, setting them free from the physical limits of the world, enabling them (so they claimed) to reach new spiritual heights and salvation to the kingdom of light. Saint John responded simply: Matter is not evil, for Jesus Himself came in the flesh “to be the Savior of the world” (1 John 4:14b). Such a grand sweep with respect to God’s redemptive activity … View Resource

  • Who Is Jesus? Article by John Duncan

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2005

    Who is Jesus ? This is the most contentious and divisive question that has ever been asked. No question has ever caused so much division. The apostle John wrote his letter with that question in mind. There were self-proclaimed prophets, in his day, who offered descriptions of Christ that were contrary to that of the apostles’. Some taught that Christ only “appeared” that way. Ideas like this flourished in the first centuries after Christ, as leaders in the church wrestled with the notion that God became man and died. In 1 John 4:1–6, John encourages his readers to learn to “test … View Resource

  • The Lordship of Christ Article by Greg Barolet

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2005

    Deus aut homo malus. Christ is either “God or a bad man.” It was C.S. Lewis who took it one step further stating that Jesus was either the Lord, a liar, or a lunatic. Why bother asking? Well, good men or sane men don’t go around claiming they are the truth (John14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life”), that they are God incarnate (John 1:14, “The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only Son,” or “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father,” John 14:9), that … View Resource

  • Christ the Victor Article by Albert Mohler

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2005

    “The twentieth century, it is safe to say, has made us all into deep historical pessimists.” So observed Francis Fukuyama in his seminal 1992 book, The End of History and the Last Man. What happened? The nineteenth century’s humanistic faith in inevitable moral progress was destroyed on the battlefields of two cataclysmic world wars and in the unprecedented murderous cruelty of Hitler’s gas chambers, Stalin’s gulags, and Pol Pot’s Cambodian killing fields. History seemed to point, not to a golden age of moral progress and enlightenment, but toward an age of unspeakable cruelty backed by technological developments that would … View Resource

  • The Author of Faith Article by Sinclair Ferguson

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2004

    My last contact with the late Professor John Murray — to whose writings and influence I, like many others, owe a lasting debt — was particularly memorable for me, partly because I asked him a question to which he gave the answer: “That is a difficult question!” As a somewhat diffident young person it was something of a relief to know that my question wasn’t totally stupid. It is a question on which I have continued to reflect. So, what was the question? It may seem a rather recondite one. My question was about the translation and the theological significance … View Resource

  • Name Above All Names Article by Greg Barolet

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2004

    Before I was regenerate, I was degenerate. I never looked into names and their meanings. I was looking with the eye but not through the eye, and hearing with the ear but not through the ear. My mind was disengaged and disinterested until God saved me through faith in Christ. Now names mean everything to me, especially the name of Jesus. What’s special about this name? In Philippians 2:10–11, Paul writes, “at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should … View Resource

  • The Christ of the Three Appearings Article by Sinclair Ferguson

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2004

    Many pastors, perhaps most, take a very deep breath before they commit themselves to preaching through Hebrews! Understandably so, for it brings most Christians into a world that is alien and distant: Melchizedek and Aaron, temple and furniture, blood and animal sacrifices, types and antitypes. Yet Hebrews is a key to the entire Bible, a roadmap to the whole history of redemption, as its opening verses make clear. And from time to time — as in the lofty opening verses — the author provides us with remarkable, and in some senses “simple,” summaries of the saving plan of God. Occasionally … View Resource

  • Justified by Faith, Perfected by Hope Article by Douglas Kelly

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2004

    The great Apostle who so clearly teaches us the liberating gospel truth that sinners are justified by faith, later in the same epistle adds that “we are saved by hope” (Rom. 8: 24). While Romans chapters 3 through 5 teach the joyous news that faith is the alone instrument of justification, Romans 8:24 exemplifies how faith is not alone in the person justified but is ever accompanied with all other saving graces. How supremely powerful is hope in Romans 8! It is this hope, which always accompanies justification, that gets us through the trials and tribulations of life in a … View Resource

  • Even Better Article by Patrick Lennox

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2004

    The world has no shortage of champions. Some have established legacies that none are expected to surpass or even follow. Their achievements seem to reach matchless heights, leaving all in a wake of awe and wonder. They simply dominate their respective fields, and become the new authorities or standards by which all are measured. They are placed in leagues of their own, and comparisons are no longer made. Surrounding these victors are their followers who love to bask in the shadow of another’s glory. It seems that their life-mission is to proclaim the greatness of their heroes to whomever with … View Resource

  • Unqualified Supremacy Article by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2004

    A few years ago I heard a sermon by the eminent Swiss theologian Dr. Roger Nicole. Prior to the sermon, I read the bulletin for the service which noted Dr. Nicole’s sermon title. I recall that I became somewhat agitated when I read the title: “Lord, No.” I remember thinking: “What sort of title is that?” I soon realized, however, that the title was intentionally ambiguous. To say “Lord” conveys supremacy, and to say “no” conveys disapproval or denial. Thus, the phrase “Lord, no” is an oxymoron. We cannot say, in the same breath, “Lord” and “no” — the two … View Resource