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Tabletalk Magazine, November 2003: Idoling Away the Hours
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Tabletalk Magazine, November 2003: Idoling Away the Hours


Ligonier Ministries 2003

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For more than thirty years, Tabletalk has existed as a magazine for laymen. Generally speaking, laymen receive either very little instruction in the weightier matters of the faith, or the instruction is too academic, thereby making the material largely inaccessible to average laymen. This is the reason Tabletalk exists — to bridge the gap between these two poles, to explain to the people of God important, biblical doctrines and events while admonishing them toward holy living.

The November 2003 edition of Tabletalk focuses on the theme of idols. Contributors include R.C. Sproul along with Benjamin Shaw, R. C. Sproul Jr., Robert Peterson, Joe Nevenson, Greg Bailey, Gordon Keddie, John Newton, Douglas Kelly, George Grant, and David Seng. Tabletalk features articles about topics central to the Christian faith and daily, in-depth Bible studies.


  • "Fool's God" by R. C. Sproul
  • "Idol Time" by Benjamin Shaw
  • "In Our Image" by R. C. Sproul Jr.
  • "Idol Factory" by Robert Peterson
  • "Multiple Masters" by Joe Novenson
  • "Israel's Pop Idol" by Greg Bailey
  • "Trash Talk and a Godly Walk" by Gordon Keddie
  • "The Benefits of Affliction" by John Newton
  • "Pain, Prayer, and Providence" by Douglas Kelly
  • "Choosing My Religion" by R. C. Sproul Jr.
  • "A Check Against Idolatry" by George Grant
  • "After Darkness, Light" by David Seng

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.

—Ravi Zacharias

Product Details

  • Title: Tabletalk Magazine, November 2003: Idoling Away the Hours
  • Executive Editor: R. C. Sproul
  • Editor: Burk Parsons
  • Series: Tabletalk
  • Publisher: Ligonier Ministries
  • Publication Date: November 2003
  • Pages: 62

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.