• The Problem of Delaying Marriage Article by Albert Mohler

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2017

    Adulthood is not just a function of age—it is an achievement. Throughout human history, young people have aspired to achieve adulthood and have worked hard to get there. The three nearly universal marks of adulthood in human societies include marriage, financial independence, and readiness for parenthood. Now, the very concept of adulthood is in jeopardy. Study after study reveals that young Americans are achieving adulthood, if at all, far later than previous generations now living. The average age of marriage for young Americans fifty years ago was in the very early twenties. Now, it is trending closer to age thirty. … View Resource

  • Forgetting God Article by Benjamin Shaw

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2016

    We live in a funny age. Some people still have telephone landlines. But they mostly use them to call their cell phone because they have forgotten where they left it. And they need the cell phone, because it has an app that helps them find their car keys, for they have forgotten where they put their car keys. This kind of forgetfulness is largely due to being busy, distracted, and inattentive. Though such forgetfulness is often a forgetfulness of things, it can easily become a forgetfulness of people. We forget that we were supposed to pick someone up because we … View Resource

  • Remembering the Future Article by Robert Rothwell

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2016

    Nobody said that raising children would be easy. My wife and I have to remember that quite frequently, some weeks more than others. With three children age six and under, our home certainly can be a crazy place. This morning, I came back to the dining room table after stepping away for a bit. Lo and behold, there was a bowl of half-eaten, soggy cereal that our almost-four-year-old son had left behind. Usually, it as if he has a hollow leg and we can’t feed him enough. But sometimes, despite insisting that he wants something specific to eat, he consumes … View Resource

  • Addictions and Idolatry Article by Edward Welch

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2016

    I want”—addictions start here. Then, through small steps, want becomes need. There is no one recognized definition of addiction, but most of its proposed definitions share a common core. Addictions are compulsive searches for a desired object or state of mind that are generally unresponsive to the inevitable harmful consequences of those compulsive searches. Most definitions also include how addictive behaviors change underlying brain patterns. Every descent into addiction is unique. There are thousands of ways to fall into this bondage. Yet there are general observations that can help us understand and be more skilled helpers of those who have … View Resource

  • The Consequences of Addiction Article by Heath Lambert

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2016

    Addiction is not an abstract concept to me. I have counseled many people in my ministry who have been beset by addiction. The costliest encounter I have had with this problem was with my mother, who was addicted to alcohol. I have very few memories of my mother sober before I turned thirteen. Because I grew up surrounded by addiction and responding to its consequences, this issue is one that is profoundly personal to me. Our English word addiction comes from a Latin term that means to give oneself over or to surrender. Indeed, addictions are things to which we … View Resource

  • Our Story Article by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2016

    Whenever I return to the first few chapters of Genesis, I’m able not only to review the events of early human history but also to see how humanity hasn’t outgrown our earliest aspirations. Perhaps most illustrative of my point is the story of the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11. We read in verse 1 that “the whole earth had one language and the same words.” Note the unity preserved from the original pre-fall creation. In the garden of Eden there were no translators; everyone spoke the same language. And even though sin intruded to destroy the harmony of the … View Resource

  • Preaching the Gospel to Yourself Article by Joe Thorn

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2015

    There is great security in the salvation of the Lord. God chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world, and His decision stands. The Holy Spirit has caused us to be born again, and there is no means by which we can destroy the life He has given us. Every believer has been crucified with Christ, and nowhere in Scripture do we see a way we can be uncrucified. Everyone who has believed in Jesus Christ is justified, and no work of man or Satan can overturn the verdict of God. Jesus exercises sovereign care over all His … View Resource

  • Bearers of God’s Image Article by Trillia Newbell

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2014 | Genesis 1:26-28

    In the beginning, God created all of mankind in His image, male and female alike (Gen. 1:26). And we know that before the foundation of the world, God, in His goodness and kindness, had His people in mind (Eph. 1:4). It was no surprise to our omniscient Father that Adam and Eve fell and sin entered the world. He knew people would not worship and delight in Him. Knowing this, He didn’t have to give us aspects of Himself, but He did. God—the holy one, pure and awesome—created us to reflect aspects of His beauty and character. We are not … View Resource

  • Creator and Creature Article by Douglas Kelly

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2014 | Genesis 1

    God’s Word starts with the creation by God of all things out of nothing. Genesis chapters 1 and 2 present creation as the foundation of all scriptural truth. The first eleven chapters of Genesis are foundational to the entire New Testament. The New Testament writers refer to these chapters repeatedly, and Jesus Christ Himself referred to each of the first six chapters of Genesis. Nowhere does the Lord, or any of the New Testament writers, give the slightest hint that these foundational chapters of the first book of Moses are anything but straight, historical truth, to be understood in their … View Resource

  • Flesh and Spirit Article by Andrew Naselli

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2014 | 1 Corinthians 15:35-57

    The New Testament writers frequently contrast flesh (Greek sarx) and Spirit/spirit (Greek pneuma). But the contrasts are not all the same. It may be helpful to distinguish ten different contrasts (though some of them overlap). Physical vs. Spiritual Aspect Paul exhorts, “Let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body [sarx] and spirit” (2 Cor. 7:1). His point is that sin contaminates our whole being, which he views here as having two aspects: physical (external) and spiritual (internal). Paul uses this dichotomy elsewhere: “Though I am absent in body [sarx], yet I am with … View Resource

  • Divine Incomprehensibility Article by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2014 | Genesis 1:26-28

    What can we know about God? That’s the most basic question of theology, for what we can know about God and whether we can know anything about Him at all determine the scope and content of our study. Here we must consider the teaching of the greatest theologians in history, all of whom have affirmed the “incomprehensibility of God.” By using the term incomprehensible, they are not referring to something we are unable to comprehend or know at all. Theologically speaking, to say God is incomprehensible is not to say that God is utterly unknowable. It is to say … View Resource

  • The Goodness of Gender Article by Susan Hunt

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2014 | Genesis 2:15-25

    The jarring “It is not good for the man to be alone” was not an “oops” moment in the creation story. Adam’s aloneness was underscored as he named the animals. There was no creature that corresponded to him, who glorified and enjoyed God with him, who communicated with him. Then, God gave him a helper who was equal but different, and their perfect complementarity reflected the glory of the ontological (pertaining to being or essence) equality and functional diversity of the three-in-one God. It was very good. God gave man and woman the cultural mandate to be fruitful, multiply, and … View Resource

  • Ministering to the Sexually Broken: An Interview with John Freeman Article by John Freeman

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2014

    Tabletalk: What is Harvest USA and why is its mission compelling to you? John Freeman: Harvest USA began in 1983 as a ministry outreach of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. Now an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit, we are also a Mission to North Americarecommended mercy ministry that is closely associated with the Presbyterian Church in America. Our staff has both teaching and ruling elders. We exist to offer biblical truth and mercy to individuals, families, youth, and churches affected by pornography, sexual addictions, and homosexuality. We educate and equip the local church to be better enabled to minister the gospel … View Resource

  • Annihilation or Eternal Punishment? Article by Robert Peterson

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2014 | Revelation 19

    Annihilationism is the view that lost people in hell will be exterminated after they have paid the penalty for their sins. Its proponents offer six main arguments. First is an argument based on the Bible’s use of fire imagery to describe hell. We are told that fire consumes what is thrown into it, and so it will be for the lake of fire (Rev. 19:20; 20:10, 14, 15; 21:8)—it will burn up the wicked so that they no longer exist. Second is an argument based on texts that speak of the lost perishing or being destroyed. Examples include unbelievers perishing … View Resource

  • The Biblical Evidence for Hell Article by Christopher Morgan

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2014

    Would a loving Jesus really teach about hell? Yes, and so does every New Testament author. Let’s consider what they teach. Hell in Matthew In the Sermon on the Mount, often known for its emphasis on love and the kingdom, Jesus teaches the reality and nature of hell (5:20–30; 7:13–27). In Matthew 5:20–30, Jesus contrasts hell with the kingdom of heaven and warns that hell is a real danger to unrepentant sinners. The fire of hell, the justice of hell, and the extreme suffering in hell are particularly stressed. The unrepentant are warned to use extreme measures to avoid being … View Resource