Here are three popular definitions for grace:
God’s unmerited favor.
God giving us what we do not deserve.
God’s riches at Christ’s expense.
These all show that the source of grace is God, not us. God’s most significant … Read the rest
Juaquin wandered out of the patch of forest behind our house in Canada’s Yukon Territory, looking like a vagabond. He wore baggy pants, a crumpled shirt, and stringless runners. A large floppy hat covered his frizzy brown hair and half … Read the rest
Is Facebook “the new church”? With its 2 billion monthly users rivaling the size of global Christianity, its cofounder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, thinks so. In a recent speech, the god of social media claimed that his technological behemoth offers … Read the rest
God’s will is for us to be reconciled to Him, and He has done this through His Son, Jesus — all because of love. God in Christ is the epitome of pure love, and only by it can we become … Read the rest
Joe didn’t look like a leader. The eleventh of twelve sons, he was loved by his father but despised by his ten older half-brothers. We meet him at seventeen years of age, tattling on them. Then the dreams started — … Read the rest
A few years ago I asked a church friend if he wanted to partner with me on a beehive. I approached Don because he’d worked bees in North Dakota years earlier and I was only a novice, eager to learn … Read the rest
Greetings, Bible Advocate readers and writers. I’m happy to announce our 2018 themes.
“This We Believe — Canon and Creed”
We’re a Christ-centered, Spirit-formed, and Bible-based church, but what does that look like specifically? What substantive implications … Read the rest
Surreal moon-like landscape surrounded me — glossy black rivers of rock, ripples frozen in time with chunks of porous a’a lava thrown about abstractly. In the distance, smoke billowed into the sky above the ridge ahead as fresh lava flowed … Read the rest
“I’ll absolutely die if I can’t have these stonewashed jeans. All my friends have them!”
“Foolish priorities,” we may respond. But what of our own concerns? What are we willing to forego to satisfy our whims? No tickets to the … Read the rest
In the Old Testament, God commanded Israel to keep the Day of Atonement every year on the tenth day of the seventh month (Leviticus 16:29, 30; 23:27, 28). On that day, the high priest brought the blood of sacrificed animals … Read the rest