Jason Overman

First Word – Love Lists

Lovely Lists Are you a list maker? I’m not, but my wife, Steph, and kids are. I asked my daughter why she likes lists, and her instant answer was “They help me plan, organize, and recall my goals.” Wow! That’s a good list right there. Maybe it’s why Steph makes sure I have one when […]

Focus on the Faithful – Abraham

“Faithful” is our theme for 2021, and in this space over the next six issues, we’ll look at six Bible characters whose faithfulness in their own unique context speaks to us in ours. Our goal here is to challenge and encourage the Church of God to embody faithfulness, in our own time, after the examples […]

First Word – Found or Falling?

Found or Falling? It’s 2021, and I bet you are as ready to leave 2020 behind as I am. But a new year doesn’t mean a new world. The confused, chaotic forces unveiled last year are challenges that remain. Our theme for this year is “Faithful.” We ask, what does it mean to be faithful […]

Found or Falling? – First Word from the Jan-Feb BA

It’s 2021, and I bet you are as ready to leave 2020 behind as I am. But a new year doesn’t mean a new world. The confused, chaotic forces unveiled last year are challenges that remain. Our theme for this year is “Faithful.” We ask, what does it mean to be faithful in a decaying […]

The Winners!

The Winners! We are excited to announce the winners of the LeRoy Dais Young Writers Challenge.  In first place, and published in the Nov-Dec issue, is a tie that goes to the brother and sister duo of Elise (14) and Micah Keim (16). They are the children of Jason and Amanda Keim of the Hammondville, […]

Becoming Conformed

Do you remember your first memory verse? I do. Dorothy Keim taught it to me at a church convention in 1973, when I was seven. It’s beloved by many — Romans 8:28: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to […]

Fall Support Letter

Dear BA Reader and Friend, I hope this fall support letter finds you and yours safe and well. What a year it has been! I can’t recall one as calamitous as this in my lifetime — and we still have three more months to go! As one crisis mounts upon another and this world seems […]

2021 Adult Bible Study Series Announced

I’m excited to announce the 2021 Adult Bible Studies Series. The Bible Advocate Press family is praying that this brand new series on the “Faithful” theme will edify and encourage the church of God. To receive quarterly BAP Bible Studies, for personal, family, small group, and congregational discipleship, create a standing order at https://cog7.org/online-store/.

Is Righteousness a status or process?

Does being made righteous refer to a status or a process? The short answer is both. Let’s take a closer look at this great word, starting with its background in the Old Testament.  In both Hebrew and Greek, the basic meaning of righteousness is “conformity to a norm.” In its biblical context, the norm that […]

Pursuing Peace with Paul

The New Testament often paints its greatest truths with the broadest brush strokes. From it we get the big picture about the ministry of reconciliation, being ambassadors for Christ, and being compelled by love. But with these grand principles, the New Testament also sketches smaller portraits that show us what these truths look like in […]