But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Thursday, 20 August 2015 02:00

Praying for Pastors' Kids

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Here's an excerpt from Praying for Pastors' Kids, Barnabas Piper's contribution to the August issue of Tabletalk:

A pastor's family often functions as the "first family" of the church, setting the bar in all things spiritual and moral. They are the exemplars of ministry and life. They're always being observed, and with that comes expectations. The

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 02:00

4 Principles for the Exercise of Christian Liberty Featured

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It was years ago now, but I still remember the discussion. I was making my way out of our church building some time after the morning service had ended, and was surprised to find a small group of people still engaged in vigorous conversation. One of them turned and said to me, "Can Christians eat black pudding?"

To the uninitiated in the mysteries

Many people around us misunderstand the Christian faith, and we might be the only ones who will ever show them the truth.

That's why Ligonier Ministries has a special resource for you this month: the full 32-part series Defending Your Faith on DVD and a DVD-ROM featuring the audio version of the series and a study guide. This resource is yours when

Tuesday, 18 August 2015 02:00

Room 101

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Here's an excerpt from Room 101, R.C. Sproul Jr.'s contribution to the August issue of Tabletalk:

In our day, the danger is social ostracism, especially regarding the issue of sexual morality. With each passing day, the biblical sexual ethic is looked upon more and more as not merely quaint and old fashioned but oppressive, bigoted, and immoral.

Monday, 17 August 2015 02:00

The Church Is Not a Ghetto

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I've long been fascinated with those moments in Jesus' life when the veil of His human flesh gave way to a vision of His refulgent glory as the Son of God. What must it have been like to be one of His disciples and to know Him as a man but then to see with clarity His deity in an encounter of dazzling light? The most spectacular of these

Saturday, 15 August 2015 02:00

The Rest of the Story

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I'm tired as I write this, but, I suspect, not half as tired as I will be as you read. 48 hours from now I will be just 8 hours into a 35 hour trip to Indonesia, 28 of which will be in the sky. I'm usually quite comfortable flying, avoiding the grouchiness that plagues so many frequent fliers. I'm quite comfortable as well on my morning walks. But

Friday, 14 August 2015 02:00

Worthy Eating and Drinking

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One of our Scottish preachers used to say that the believer has three looks at the Lord's Table. There is, first, a retrospective look. The sacrament of the Lord's Supper is a commemoration, a celebration of an event in the past. It is an aid to us in remembering the pivotal, redemptive point of history, the point at which the Son of God died for

Thursday, 13 August 2015 02:00

That Others May Live

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Here's an excerpt from That Others May Live, Kevin Struyk's contribution to the August issue of Tabletalk:

A true disciple of Jesus will, by God's grace and because of his new nature, imitate Jesus by loving the helpless, the wounded, and the lost. Our love will demonstrate itself through word-and-deed ministry—proclaiming the gospel of Jesus

Wednesday, 12 August 2015 06:00

Free eBook: The State of American Theology

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The Gospel Project has incorporated our findings from last year's The State of Theology survey into a new ebook The State of American Theology: Knowing the Truth, Loving the Church, Reaching Our Neighbors. This ebook also features contributions from R.C. Sproul, Alistair Begg, Sinclair Ferguson, Steven Lawson, Stephen

Wednesday, 12 August 2015 02:00

The Efficacy of Prayer Featured

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We have to guard against taking a fatalistic view of prayer. We cannot allow ourselves to dismiss prayer from our lives simply because it might not seem to have pragmatic value. Whether or not prayer works, we must engage in it, simply because God Himself commands us to do it. Even a cursory reading of the Bible, particularly the New Testament,

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 02:00

The Proper Place of Love

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Here's an excerpt from The Proper Place of Love, R.C. Sproul's contribution to the August issue of Tabletalk:

Love is said to make the world go round, and romantic love certainly makes the culture go round in terms of advertising and entertainment. We never seem to tire of stories that focus on romance. But we're not referring to romantic love when

The Lord is at work redeeming and sanctifying a people for Himself. We are grateful for the opportunity to share this story of God's grace with you. Meet Stephen and Ellen.

"Our life is a testimony to the strength that God gives you when you think you have nothing..." —Ellen

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Authors: Nathan W. Bingham

Monday, 10 August 2015 02:00

Delighting in the Trinity Featured

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"It is not to be expected that we should love God supremely if we have not known him to be more desirable than all other things." So wrote the great hymn writer Isaac Watts. And of course, he was quite right, for we always love what seems most attractive to us. Whether it be God, money, sex, or fame, we live for and love what captures our hearts.

Saturday, 08 August 2015 02:00

Thieves on All Sides

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For many years it has been part of the regular liturgy of the church where I serve to pray through the Ten Commandments. The pastor reads a command and the congregation replies, "Lord, have mercy and incline our hearts to keep this Your law." Time then is set aside for members of the congregation to pray more specifically about these sins before

Friday, 07 August 2015 02:00

What Does Sola Scriptura Mean? Featured

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The Reformation principle of sola Scriptura has to do with the sufficiency of Scripture as our supreme authority in all spiritual matters. Sola Scriptura simply means that all truth necessary for our salvation and spiritual life is taught either explicitly or implicitly in Scripture. It is not a claim that all truth of every kind is found in

Thursday, 06 August 2015 08:00

For the Church: Singing Amen

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"Amen," from Glory to the Holy One, is a fine example of the old adage, "sometimes less is more." With skillful economy of words, "Amen" intersperses the word amen with four carefully-ordered concepts to present important insights about true worship. As with "Glory to the Holy One," the textual progression of "Amen" mirrors the gospel-ordered

Thursday, 06 August 2015 02:00

Blessed Are the Persecuted

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Here's an excerpt from Blessed Are the Persecuted, Burk Parsons' contribution to the August issue of Tabletalk:

In the face of persecution, we must not lose hope. We must not fear our enemies but fear the Lord as we stand our ground in the battle ahead. Jesus told us we would be persecuted, but He also told us He has overcome the world (Matt.

Wednesday, 05 August 2015 02:00

Confessions of a Bibliophile

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According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a bibliophile is "A lover of books; a book-fancier." Although this is a helpful definition, I'm not entirely sure I want to refer to myself as a "fancier" of anything. I'm from Texas. We either like something or we don't. We don't "fancy" things. It's...unnatural.

Tuesday, 04 August 2015 02:00

Download August’s Tabletalk for Free

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The August issue of Tabletalkis out and we've made the digital edition free. Read it for free on iPad, select Android tablets, and Amazon's Kindle Fire. If you don't have one of the above devices, download the ePubMOBI, or PDF versions.

This issue of Tabletalk considers persecution. Jesus warned us, "If they persecuted me, they will

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