• Falling Short of God’s Glory by Karisa Schlehr

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2006

    While I do not remember much from elementary school, there is one conversation I will never forget. In fourth grade, I took the opportunity to witness to one of my friends. I remember asking her, “If you were to die …Read More

  • The Constant Struggle by John Sartelle

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2009

    But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness” (1 Tim. 6:11). It is as if he said, “As a man of God, you must live toward a definite end …Read More

  • The War Inside by Tom Ascol

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2009

    The Christian life is a war, and the fiercest battles are those that rage within the heart of every believer. The new birth radically and permanently changes a person’s sinful nature, but it does not immediately liberate that nature from all …Read More

  • Regarding Depravity by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2008

    I have a high regard for the depravity of man. Without contest, the supreme sinfulness of sinners is the most disregarded reality — the world over. The fall of man is quite possibly the most forgotten, under appreciated, and misunderstood event …Read More

  • When the Church Doesn’t Shine by Elliot Grudem

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2015

    Grace always has about it the scent of scandal,” Philip Yancey wrote. That’s true individually. It’s also true corporately. Jesus didn’t die for a perfect church; He died to make her perfect. At times, Jesus allows His …Read More

  • Kill Your Sin by Tom Ascol

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2008

    On May 1, 2003, Aron Ralston, a twenty-seven year old backpacker, did something unthinkable in order to save his life. After being pinned for five days by an eight-hundred pound boulder in a remote Utah canyon, he took his dull pocketknife …Read More

  • The End of Death by Daniel Doriani

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2000

    SIGNIFICANT EVENTS HAVE PHASES. IN SPORTS, athletes first build skill and endurance, then they play the game, and finally interpret the results, celebrating victory or learning from defeat. Banquets also have phases. After we savor the meal itself, we linger …Read More

  • Our Renewed Image by Chris Donato

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2005

    We have just read John Calvin’s words, “the death of Christ is efficacious … for the mortification of the flesh.” What, in practical terms, might this look like in everyday life? Maybe the primary question is, how does the …Read More

  • The Prodigal Father by R.C. Sproul Jr.

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2012

    When I served as editor in chief of Tabletalk magazine, I committed my share of gaffes. I received more than my share of sweet-natured but school-marmish notes about why this semicolon should have been a colon, or why further was …Read More

  • Chief of Sinners by Terry Johnson

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2009

    How might we describe the psychology of Christian experience? Is it characterized by joy, peace, and contentment? Or is it characterized by lament, struggle, and holy discontent? Should I feel good about myself or bad about myself? Should I forget …Read More

  • The Loving Father by Allan Murray

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2012

    God is love” (1 John 4:8). He is also Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—three persons, yet one God. We must never lose sight of the oneness of God, yet we relate to each of the persons in a different …Read More

  • Hell on Trial by John Blanchard

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2014

    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859–1930), the Scottish physician and author best known for his creation of the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, once wrote, “Hell, I may say … has long dropped out of the thoughts of every reasonable man.” He would …Read More

  • The Ninth Commandment by Jared Wilson

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2013

    The Ten Commandments draw a straight line from love of God to love of neighbor. The two parties are distinguished, to be sure, but in the life of obedience they are inseparable. As Luther pointed out, to disobey any of …Read More

  • Letting Us Off Easy? by Douglas Wilson

    FROM TABLETALK | April 1999

    Whatever happens with Y2K, Christians should use the occasion, in the midst of their sober practical preparations, to reflect on a series of spiritual what ifs. This should not be done as an aid to panic, or as an artificial …Read More

  • This Pornographic Life by Chris Donato

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2008

    Well, you’ve done it again. Once more, you find yourself looking where you ought not. And this you have willfully done. Yes, you’ve begged God to remove this blight, these gross desires. You even made some headway. But you’ve gone off …Read More