Table Talk

Table Talk is a free weekly devotional that provides writings for use as a bulletin insert for congregations and for use in family devotions. It follows the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) used by SOLA Publishing. ILT makes it available every week, free of charge, on our Resources page and by email subscription. Table Talk's message delivers God's devotion to you, his wayward people, through his Son Jesus Christ.

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The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, A

August 02, 2020

I can tell you why Peter doubted: The waves towered over him; the wind beat upon him; he could feel the hardness of his heart turning the rest of his body to stone; he feared he would sink like a rock beneath those chaotic waters and that would be the end of him. In his moment of extremis, he cried out to the only one who could save him, his Lord Jesus Christ.

The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, A

August 02, 2020

Jesus wanted to grieve. John the Baptist, the preacher who had baptized him (Lk. 3:21)… the preacher who had pointed at him, saying, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (Jn. 1:36)… the preacher who grasped Jesus’ importance, saying, “He must increase and I must decrease” (Jn. 3:30)… John the Baptist was beheaded by King Herod. The news moved Jesus so he “withdrew to a desolate place by himself” (vs. 13). But “when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns” (vs. 13).

The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, A

July 26, 2020

Jesus lays a precious gem before us and we are so preoccupied with buying the field or pearl or casting the right net that we ofttimes miss it. This gem is the old and the new of scripture, otherwise known as law and gospel.

The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, A

July 19, 2020

Jesus warns against the untimely and inappropriate separating of the weeds from the wheat. There is a time of waiting; it is known as the days of your baptism. You and others wait for your Lord Jesus Christ to come in glory. In the light of that glory, the weeds will be clearly distinguishable from the wheat. There are those who judge between weeds and wheat. These specialized “reapers” come from beyond the eschaton—the New Creation. They do not originate from this old, passing away world. So, we must wait. Weeds and wheat grow together for now because the time for separation is not yet and we have not the eyes to see the line of separation running between them.

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