What became crystallized as the seven deadly sins and the seven contrary or heavenly virtues does not appear as such in the Bible, although the Old and the New Testaments identify attitudes and behaviors that violate or uphold the principles of a righteous life. Theologians in the early church often compiled lists of the most serious sins as they attempted to instruct monks, priests, and laity on living a virtuous life. From this point onward through to the Middle Ages the seven deadly sins and their punishments offered a striking set of cautions, while the seven heavenly virtues illumined the righteous path. The May 2008 issue of Tabletalk intends to employ this ancient guide as a means to urge its readers on toward holiness.
Contributors include R.C. Sproul along with Thabiti M. Anyabwile, Robert W. Carver, Chris Donato, Ron Gleason, George Grant, Ken Jones, Jonathan Leeman, Keith A. Mathison, Robert S. Rayburn, Carol J. Ruvolo, R.C. Sproul Jr., and Gene Edward Veith. Tabletalk features articles about topics central to the Christian faith and daily, in-depth Bible studies.
The 2008 Bible studies examines the gospel of Matthew and the Redeemer who saves His people from their sins.
- "Cosmic Treason" by R. C. Sproul
- "Lust & Chastity" by Thabiti M. Anyabwile
- "Gluttony & Temperance" by Chris Donato
- "Greed & Liberality" by Jonathon Leeman
- "Sloth & Diligence" by Ken Jones
- "Wrath & Patience" by Robert W. Carver
- "Envy & Kindness" by Carol J. Ruvolo
- "One God, Two Testaments" by Robert Rothwell
- "The Faithful Minister" by Joel R. Beeke
- "Jesus Challenges the Pharisees" by Jesus Challenges the Pharisees
- "Lessons from a Queen" by Tom Ascol
- "The Unspeakable Privilege" by John Cobb
- "Pastor’s Perspective" by Robert S. Rayburn
- "Pro Ecclesia: For the Church" by George Grant
- "Generation to Generation" by Ron Gleason
- "Tolle Lege: Take Up and Read" by Keith A. Mathison
- "Seek Ye First" by R. C. Sproul Jr.
- "Truth and Consequences" by Gene Edward Veith
Praise for the Print Edition
Tabletalk has been a key ingredient in the diet of Christians conscious of their spiritual vitality.
—Michael S. Horton
Month by month, Tabletalk represents an oasis in a desert of false spirituality, mindless Christianity, and vapid conviction. Tabletalk represents theological rigor, biblical Christianity, and authentic Christian devotion. It is an antidote to the world of superficial Christianity. Read it and grow.
—R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
Tabletalk has been a wonderful resource in my own daily walk with the Lord.
- Title: Tabletalk Magazine, May 2008: The Seven Deadly Sins and Heavenly Virtues
- Executive Editor: R. C. Sproul
- Editor: Burk Parsons
- Series: Tabletalk
- Publisher: Ligonier Ministries
- Publication Date: May 2008
- Pages: 83
About the Editors
R. C. Sproul is founder and president of Ligonier Ministries and president of Ligonier Academy. He also servers as the senior pastor of Saint Andrew’s in Sanford, Fla., and he has written more than seventy books including Defending Your Faith, Abortion: A Rational Look at an Emotional Issue, The Truth of the Cross, Truths We Confess, and commentaries on Romans and John in the Saint Andrew’s Expositional Commentary series.
Burk Parsons serves as editor of Tabletalk and associate pastor of Saint Andrew’s in Sanford, Fla., and he is editor of the books Assured by God: Living in the Fullness of God’s Grace and John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine, and Doxology.