Living Hope

I had been called in to give an emergency talk to a first grade class at a school where I once interned as guidance counselor. As I entered the room, loud, desperate sobs filled the air. The homeroom teacher explained that a close relative of a student in the class was shot and killed the […]

A Faith Like Rhoda’s

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1, NASB). Faith can be such a challenging concept: assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. It is so hard to trust in things we cannot see. In fact, it may seem foolish to do […]


Life is full of good and bad experiences. The good ones don’t affect us as much as the bad ones do. Oftentimes, bad experiences leave us wounded, caused by such things as the loss of a loved one, physical abuse, sickness, and injustice. Many times these wounds don’t heal; they remain open for a long […]


“Is there someone who can wrap these flowers?” I asked the store clerk as I paid for my bouquet of bright pink carnations nestled in baby’s breath. “I’ll call someone to floral,” he said. As I waited, I lifted the flowers to my nose and smelled their spicy-sweet fragrance. Soon a young man, who told […]

A Click Away!

Dear Bible Advocate Readers, The May-June BA is out. In this issue, we continue our exploration of “The Gospel” focusing on the Gospel of Jesus Christ! The “good news” we have and must share is not a proposition but a Person – Jesus Christ! He died and rose again, and that changes everything as we […]

The Gospels and Time

The four Gospels are amazingly complex portraits of the Son of God. Each account verbally “paints” its subject from many different angles, capturing different aspects of the gospel just as a cut and polished precious stone catches and reflects light differently from its many facets. One of those aspects of the good news is the […]

“I’m Going to Kill Myself”

Many years ago, when I married Troy, I did not know he had told people that he would kill himself. While we were dating, I felt uncomfortable in my relationship with Troy. When I tried to tell him that we needed to “cool it,” he became upset. Each time he cried and said, “I don’t […]

Like A Tree

Like a Tree   “They will be like a tree planted by the water . . . its leaves are always green” (Jeremiah 17:8, NIV)   Like a tree by a stream, let me be, my roots deep in moist soil, so when drought comes, heavens don’t give rain, I stand green and flourishing.   […]

How Do You Understand John 1:1?

How do you understand John 1:1? “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Linked as it is with John’s prologue (1:1-18) and the full fourth Gospel, this verse reveals timeless truths and endless insights beyond what we can fully grasp, but that doesn’t keep us […]

New AudioBA is Here!

Greetings BA readers (and listeners!). We’re still a few days away from uploading the new May-June BA, but the AudioBA version is up now. Listen here: and enjoy!