In the Wilderness

Then the Lord spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tent of meeting (Numbers 1:1, NASB). The book labeled Numbers in our Bible has a couple different names in Hebrew. The most common is bamidbar, which means “in the wilderness.” This is a much more befitting title because the wilderness wanderings of the […]

Sharing the Gospel in Ten Words (With Hand Motions)

Start by holding up both hands. The right hand represents God, and the left hand represents people. Repeat the words in bold aloud as you do the motions. “God loves.” (Both hands are clasped together.) “We sinned.” (Left hand moves to the left.) “Jesus died.” (Right hand moves to the right. Now both hands are […]

Meant to Be

A light blue Volkswagen Beetle backed into the empty space next to my car in the medical parking lot. A middle-aged man got out of it. “That’s a nice car,” I said. He smiled. “It’s a 2014.” We compared notes on VW’s we had owned, and then our conversation turned to family. “I have ten […]

Learning from a List

As he closes his magnificent epistle to the church in Rome, the apostle Paul sends greetings to a number of his friends, co-workers, and acquaintances in the city. The list, given in Romans 16:1-16, is extensive. Almost thirty individuals are mentioned, as well as several groups of people. Nowhere else in Paul’s letters do we […]

Remembering Calvin Burrell

Editor’s note: Calvin Burrell’s passing on June 29 occurred days before we began editing this issue. Below is his full memorial and just a fraction of the responses that have poured into our offices from all over the world, as well as postings on Facebook. …. Calvin A. Burrell Calvin Archie Burrell peacefully passed from […]

With You!

A Lord’s Supper reflection. As I prepared for our annual Lord’s Supper service last April, I realized that this year would be my fortieth Supper since my baptism. I pondered the significance of that large number. Like Israel’s forty-year journey through the wilderness to the Promised Land, my own journey of faith has had its […]


Greetings Bible Advocate readers (and listeners!). The Sept-Oct BA magazine is in the mail and heading your way. The digital magazine will be posted here at BAOnline on Thursday, Sept. 1. But you don’t have to wait to enjoy the new issue: “The People of the Gospel”. Click the link below and listen to the […]

Where does the saying “Be in the world but not of it” come from?

Where does the saying “Be in the world but not of it” come from, and what does it mean?   This familiar expression is derived from Jesus’ prayer for His disciples in John 17: “Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world . . . They are not of […]

Autumn Beauty

Autumn Beauty   Dawn hides and hesitates. Evening light quickly fades   As autumn descends upon The high desert.   Zucchini and tomatoes cling to vines,   Though fronds brown and curl. Vibrant yellow rabbitbrush fades to feathery fluff As blustery winds the tiny parachute-seeds unfurl.   Patches of brilliant orange-red leaves Flame against dark evergreens. Golden […]

Blueberry Muffins

To make the Great Commission an achievable goal for the General Conference of the Church of God (Seventh Day), God has placed in the heart of our leadership a desire to focus on four distinct areas of engagement: personal evangelism, small group studies, welcoming churches, and Sabbath school classes. While each of these is of […]