• 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

  • Courage and Compassion Article by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2015

    Homosexual sin is a grievous and heinous sin. While it is indeed true that all sexual immorality is sin—adultery, fornication, pornography—homosexual sin is different. It is a more heinous and grievous sin because, as the Word of God makes clear, homosexual sin is contrary to nature (Rom. 1:26). Homosexual sin strikes against God’s created order in every way and mocks God’s design for procreation, thus making homosexuality logically self-defeating. Those who suggest the Bible is not clear about homosexual sin have never read the Bible or have not been given the ears to hear what the Bible … View Resource

  • The Gospel for the Hopeless: An Interview with John Barros Article by John Barros

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2015

    Tabletalk: What is “Who Will Stand”? What led you to start this ministry?? John Barros: I’ve been ministering at the Orlando Women’s Center for eleven years. I’m blessed beyond anything I could have imagined as I have been able to see God turn the hearts of hundreds who saw no hope. I started the website whowillstand.net to encourage other men to “adopt” their local abortion clinics and see the Lord work there as He does here. TT: What is a typical day of ministry like at the abortion clinic? JB: We pray for those on their … View Resource

  • The Gospel Remedy for Homosexuality Article by John Freeman

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2015

    The Bible reveals that sex was created by God and is good. It was His idea. The very first recorded words of God addressed to mankind encapsulate the Bible’s teachings on sex: “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth” (Gen. 1:28). This very positive command demonstrates that sex was meant to glorify God, cement the bond between husband and wife, be experienced exclusively between one man and one woman in the marriage relationship, and propagate the human race. On this side of the fall, sex and sexuality are distorted to lesser or greater degrees. However, today there … View Resource

  • Ministering to the Abused and the Abusers Article by Sean Michael Lucas

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2015

    It is a nightmare scenario for all involved: a man calls his pastor in tears and demands a meeting as quickly as possible. Thirty minutes later, he is in the pastor’s office, confessing that his wife caught him touching their thirteen-year-old daughter in a sexual manner. He seems utterly distraught—until the pastor urges the man to call the child abuse hotline and selfreport. Then, the abuser begins to hedge: “Won’t that destroy my family? Won’t that cost me my job? Won’t that destroy my reputation?” The man refuses and walks out of the office. Two weeks … View Resource

  • Ministering to the Sexually Broken Article by Rosaria Butterfield

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2015

    Coming to Christ is the ultimate reality check, as it makes us face the fact that our sin is our biggest problem. Every day, a believer must face the reality that original sin distorts us, actual sin distracts us, and indwelling sin manipulates us. This distortion, distraction, and manipulation create a wedge between us and our God. We are in a war, and the sooner we realize it, the better. Sexual brokenness comes with boatloads of shame, as sexual sin is itself predatory: it hounds us, traps us, and seduces us to do its bidding. Sexual sin won’t rest … View Resource

  • Providence and Contentment Article by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2015

    Blaise Pascal, the famous French philosopher and mathematician, noted that human beings are creatures of profound paradox. We’re capable of both deep misery and tremendous grandeur, often at the same time. All we have to do is scan the headlines to see that this is the case. How often do celebrities who have done great good through philanthropy get caught up in scandals? Human grandeur is found in part in our ability to contemplate ourselves, to reflect upon our origins, our destiny, and our place in the universe. Yet, such contemplation has a negative side, and that is its … View Resource

  • Should I Attend a Homosexual Wedding? Article by Kevin DeYoung

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2015

    Why might a Christian refuse to attend, cater, or participate in a same-sex marriage ceremony? For simplicity’s sake, let’s assume this is a discussion among traditional Christians who believe—as the church has always believed and as most of the global church still believes—that same-sex behavior is sinful and that marriage is a covenantal, conjugal union of a man and a woman. With that clarifying comment, we can address the question head-on: Why would a Christian feel conscience bound not to attend or participate in a gay wedding? It’s not because of bigotry or fear or because we … View Resource

  • Sin, Repentance, and Walking in the Light Article by Trillia Newbell

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2015

    Our smallest offense deserves the full wrath of God. That’s hard to hear if we forget that God has not only covered our sin in Christ but also allows us to approach Him continually to receive that grace anew. We also know that God is holy—set apart in His perfection, glory, and majesty. We are sinners who sin every day. Our sin should grieve us but not condemn, because we serve a God who is good and gracious but also holy and just. So, what are we to do with this enigma of our sinfulness and God’s holiness … View Resource

  • What God Has Joined Together Article by John Sartelle

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2015

    Eve stood before Adam, and he stood before her. God had made them for each other. As they observed one another, there was wonder. She saw that he was the same yet different. He saw that she was the same yet different. However, in their differences they fit each other. Their differences actually enhanced their relationship. They reveled in the Creator’s design for their bodily union. They would discover over the life of their marriage that there were other crucial differences between them. There were diversities in their emotional and mental processes. Daily, Adam saw that Eve contributed something … View Resource

  • What the Future Holds Article by Denny Burk

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2015

    President Obama was correct when he said the Supreme Court’s gay marriage decision landed like a thunderbolt. The decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized gay marriage nationwide, is indeed a watershed in our national life. Although a majority of Americans now support gay marriage, many of us regard this decision as a moral and judicial tragedy. From a legal standpoint, it represents five unelected justices’ imposing on the nation a new definition of marriage. The judgment is not rooted in sound legal principle but in the opinions of five lawyers arrogating to themselves the right to enact social … View Resource

  • Hating Family Article by Thomas Brewer

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2015

    The word hate is a strong one. When I was little, my parents had a rule: don’t say, “hate”—at least in most cases. Hate was too full of anger and malice to be used appropriately by a child. The word was essentially excised from my daily vocabulary. The strong language of hate is what causes many readers to stumble over Jesus’ words in Luke 14:26: If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my … View Resource

  • Family Values Article by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2015

    Although the actual election is about a year and a half away, we’re already starting to see prospective candidates throw their hats into the ring for the 2016 U.S. presidential race. Caucuses, primaries, debates, get-out-the-vote efforts, fund-raising, and so much more will occupy the attention of the news media as it covers the candidates’ attempts to become the so-called leader of the free world. As is true every four years, we’ll see party platforms crafted and each person in the race claiming that his or her positions on the issues are the truest embodiment of American values … View Resource

  • The Ordinary Christian Family Article by Tedd Tripp

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2014 | Ephesians 4

    One of my adult sons recently commented to me that the traditional family is toast. I understand what he meant. The ordinary Christian family is nearly extinct. Contemporary culture is redefining family—gay marriage, a range of creative living arrangements, and the pressure to accept polygamy are all assaults on the Christian family. The notion that parents, whose love produced children, should live together in marriage, working together to provide a godly home and stability for their children, has all but vanished as a cultural ideal. The ordinary Christian family is simply ordinary Christian people, living in the ordinary circumstances of … View Resource

  • Living the Gospel in Ordinary Life: An Interview with Aimee Byrd Article by Aimee Byrd

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2014

    Tabletalk: What led you to write Housewife Theologian? Aimee Byrd: The idea for my book came from a need that I perceived in my own community. When my children started attending school, I realized that although many families went to church, their faith was based more on good, Christian morals than actual theological knowledge about who God is. With all the cultural issues that we discussed concerning our children and ourselves, I sensed a difficulty moving beyond a general understanding of how a good Christian behaves to the meaning behind our behavior. I was discovering even in my friendships that … View Resource