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Shipwrecked!

Venturing out on the lonely highways and byways of Asia Minor in the days of the early church put travelers at risk of robbers, beatings, and other perils. Seafaring journeyers also faced multiple dangers, and the apostle Paul experienced them all, on land and sea alike. Perhaps the hardest thing he had to endure was […]

If the Ten Commandments are for Christians, why aren’t the feast days?

If the Ten Commandments are for Christians, why aren’t the feast days? With many Christians, we view the Ten Commandments, summarized in the Great Commandment of Jesus to love God and neighbor, as God’s will for all people at all times. The Ten Commandments, written on stone, held a central place in the old covenant, […]

The Dusty Bible

  I found an old, old Bible  Tucked away with other books. And felt perhaps a treasure lay within its pages — so I looked.  I didn’t find a treasure rare inside the book itself. But upon the faded pages were gifts beyond man’s wealth. The words told a wondrous story A time I’d never […]

If I Had Faked the Resurrection

I set out as a young man to refute Christianity. I met some young Christians who challenged me to intellectually examine the evidence for Christianity, and I agreed. I aimed to show them, and everyone, that Christianity was nonsense. I thought it would be easy. I thought a careful investigation of the facts would expose […]

First Word – Peace and Pieces

Greetings, BA readers! It’s an exciting new year, and we have an exciting new theme to go with it. Following our Great Commission focus last year, 2020 is dedicated to what the apostle Paul called the “ministry of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:14-21). We have all year to explore this profound and demanding text, but here’s […]

THIS ISSUE

Digital PDF: English / Spanish B&W:  English / Spanish Web Version ARTICLES 4 If I Had Faked the Resurrection | Josh McDowell and Bob Hostetler 7 Shipwrecked! | Dorothy Nimchuk 8 Needed: Peacemakers | Priscila Sanchez 12 River of Life | Bob Blundell 14 Reason Enough | Kim Y. Nowlin 18 Hostility or Hospitality? | Amber Mann […]

When God Redeems

I woke up in the dark, barely able to breathe in the heat. I had no idea where I was, how I got there, or what had happened to me. I stood and banged on the door. As my eyes adjusted, I realized I was in a garage. I banged again. Someone I didn’t know […]

Pen Pal Predicament

Growing up in the CoG7 is not always easy. Sometimes you are faced with difficult questions from friends. It can be hard to explain to friends why you cannot eat certain foods or why you don’t celebrate some holidays. I have had many experiences with this, but I want to share only one as an […]