The Book

Imagine . . . three children arrive at an old mansion to spend their summer with stodgy relatives. Left to themselves on a rainy afternoon, they discover a colossal attic with giant maps and colorful flags draped on its walls. They find tribal masks from Africa, stone statues from India, a dragon costume from China, […]

Integrity of Scripture

Christianity is a truth claim about reality. A Christian believes that the Bible is the Word of God, that it rightly records the origin of the universe and all that exists in it. The Bible also reveals God’s divine interventions into the affairs of people. Of particular interest is the record of God’s accomplishment of […]

Word & Faith

Greetings Bible Advocate readers! I hope you’re enjoying this year’s twin Reforming-Transforming theme. You’ve already received the March-April “Sola Scriptura” issue, and the May-June “Sola Fide” BA is off to the press and heading to the post office (and Internet) in two weeks. That puts us at the halfway mark — already — for our […]

Scripture in Community

Alone with the unknown creature, the blind man caressed its skin, memorizing each wrinkle and marveling at the gentle strength of the tall, snakelike animal. “Come! Come see this animal! I’ve never met anything like it!” he called to his friend as he backed away to give the friend a turn. The friend, also blind, […]

Bible Beauty

When you hear the word modesty, what comes to mind? A woman covered from head to toe? Our minds should go to the words of Paul and Peter: Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments, but rather by […]

Hidden in the Heart

I’ve done my part to keep the Bible at the top of the bestseller list year after year. At least twenty copies of God’s Word line my bookshelves, and I’ve read them all. I’ve also memorized lengthy passages, providing even deeper insight into the meaning of the Bible. The Bible has so much to offer. […]

Praying Psalms

Pastors Ben Ramirez and Jonathon Hicks share insights regarding prayer.

Are You Listening?

Ancient Jewish rabbis sometimes disputed which was more important: to speak the Word of God or to hear it. Despite what may have been a well-meaning debate, it’s the kind of question common sense might answer “both.” But many rabbis agreed that in our personal lives, while speaking the Word of God is mainly God’s […]

Scripture Alone

The exclusivity of Christ alone was the Reformers’ answer to the question “How can I be saved?” Christ alone is the foundation upon which everything in our Christian life is built. The emphasis on Scripture alone as the only valid standard for determining a Christian’s faith and practice, answers the question “How am I, as […]

What’s Going On?

Who am I? Why am I here? Have these questions crossed your mind? The first concerns meaning, the second, purpose. In his Confessions, St. Augustine wrote, “Thou hast formed us for Thyself and our hearts are restless till they find rest in Thee.” With His sacrifice, Jesus gave our lives meaning, and His Great Commission […]