Jason Overman

Without Hope

In preparing for this issue of the Bible Advocate, I read every passage in the Bible about hope. There are scores of them; Scripture is teeming with hopefulness. But scattered among these are several references to those without hope. These caught my attention because we need not look far to see the hopelessness that engulfs […]


 The year 2016 and its “Equip for Discipleship” theme is a wrap! All of us at the BAP hope that you were encouraged and challenged by our year-long exploration of the “Ones” of Ephesians 4:4-6. We will continue building on these seven singular foundations in the coming year. In fact, the January-February issue will be […]

Who in the World Are We?

Once upon a time, we were not a people, but now we are the people of God. Once we were without mercy, but now we have mercy. That’s what Apostle Peter says: God’s mercy has made us God’s people (1 Peter 2:10). Amen! Paul speaks about this people-forming mercy too, even more vividly: God’s church […]

The Glorious Body

In five months I turn 50. Pondering that big, fat number makes me consider that this aging body of mine could be in much better shape. Dr. Justice, our family practitioner, tells me that my blood pressure is climbing. So is my blood sugar. And my cholesterol. I can tell by my belt that the […]

Bare Bones, Fresh Breath

Wherever the Spirit is present, you can be sure that God is up to something. The Bible discloses this truth throughout its pages. Genesis 1:1, 2, with its reference to the Spirit of God hovering over the waters of creation, becomes the inaugural example that fixes the grand pattern of Spirit-work to follow. Another Bible […]

Quicken Us, Lord!

The “One Spirit” Bible Advocate was published a month ago. The “One Body” issue is coming in another month. I can’t wait for you to see it! But here in the middle, while we wait, I’m pondering how the first issue informs the second. Spirit is essential for body. Where would the body of Christ […]

From Flame to Flesh

Christian faith has always been a biblical faith. The role of scripture in shaping faith is one of the most enduring characteristics of Christianity. Calling Christians a people of the Book or followers of the Word is perfectly appropriate; the Bible is the source of our belief. Scripture is where we meet God. From the […]

12 Old Testament Promises and Prophecies of the Coming Holy Spirit

Numbers 11:29 Psalm 143:10 Proverbs 1:23 Isaiah 11:1, 2 Isaiah 32:15 Isaiah 42:1-4 Isaiah 44:3, 4 Isaiah 59:16-21 Isaiah 61:1-3 Ezekiel 36:26, 27 Ezekiel 37:1-14 Joel 2:28, 29   These are a start. What others can you add? Send them to bibleadvocate@cog7.org.

From Faith to Faith

For many years, when I thought about faith, I thought of it primarily in terms of my own faith, my appropriate response to God’s free gift of grace — a faith like Abraham’s, a faith prophesied by Habakkuk, a faith without which it is impossible to please our God (Romans 4:16; Genesis 15:6; Habakkuk 2:4; […]

Support the Bible Advocate in 2016

Donate to Bible Advocate   Dear BA Reader and Friend, As I write this annual fundraising letter to you, outside my window a spring storm is passing over my valley, the rain is falling steadily, and a hundred shades of green are soaking it up and bursting with new life. How richly God blesses us: […]