May 24, 2016

Tabletalk Milestone: 100,000 Copies to 60+ Countries Each Month

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I am always sad when I meet a professing believer who says he doesn't care about theology.

For someone to say he doesn't care about theology is to say he doesn't care about God. There's a name for a professing believer who doesn't care about theology—"unbeliever." True believers love theology because they love God, and they love God because God has poured out His love into their hearts by the Holy Spirit.

If we truly know God, we will want to study about God so that we can learn how to love Him, serve Him, and glorify Him in all of life. Theology comes from God, theology teaches us about God, and theology leads us to God in doxology. If our theology does not lead us to God in doxology, it is not biblical. And that is precisely the sort of theology we need—theology that leads us to worship, leads us to prayer, and leads us to love God with all our being and to love our neighbor as ourselves.

However, good theology is hard to find. In 1995, I searched everywhere for good theology—theology that is founded on and flows from the Word of God. During my search, a dear friend gave me a copy of Tabletalk magazine. I read it from cover to cover. I immediately ordered a subscription, and month after month God used Tabletalk to change my theology and to change my life. Tabletalk was unlike anything I had seen before, and it is unlike anything I have seen since. Tabletalk gave me the depths of theology without sacrificing the basics of theology.

Tabletalk helped me see how all theology comes from God's Word and how all theology applies to all of life. That's what I loved about Tabletalk then, and that's what I Iove about it now. It not only helps Christians better understand what we believe, but it helps us grasp why we believe what we believe, how to apply what we believe in all of life, and how to teach it as we strive to fulfill the Great Commission. That is one of the reasons we study God's Word and the theology that flows from it, namely, that we might mature as disciples of Jesus Christ, learning to obey all that He has commanded, and also that we might teach and train others to know, love, and obey Him as well.

That is one of the ultimate purposes of Tabletalk: to serve the church by helping Christians grow as disciples and to help them make disciples in their homes, congregations, and communities. It is our hope that God would use Tabletalk to serve His people of all ages and in all nations as He builds His church and Christ's kingdom by the power of the Holy Spirit, all for His glory—not ours.

It is for this reason that we are grateful to our faithful Lord for giving us nearly forty years of serving His people through Tabletalk. What Dr. R.C. Sproul established in 1977 in Western Pennsylvania as a small monthly newsletter with biblical and theological articles has become, by the sovereign grace of God, the most widely read subscriber-based monthly devotional in the world.

This is due in large part to the faithful encouragement, prayers, and financial support of our Ministry Partners, year in and year out. And we are grateful to God that Tabletalk has now reached an historic milestone of sending one hundred thousand copies out the door each month to readers in more than sixty countries. This is the Lord's doing, and we are grateful to have been given such a stewardship. Please pray that the Lord would sustain us and that we would always remain faithful to His Word. Please also pray that we would strive to serve Him with humility as we labor coram Deo, before His face and for His glory.

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