Editor’s Desk

A Message from GC President Loren Stacy

Dear Brothers and Sisters: The death of George Floyd at the hand of a Minneapolis, Minnesota policeman was brutal, unnecessary, and outrageous. We unequivocally condemn what was done to Mr. Floyd and encourage all members of the Body of Christ to pray for Mr. Floyd’s family and for our community, state or provincial, and national […]

Watherfalls of Righteousness

Editor’s Note: This was my original First Word for the May-June BA, written in February before the COVD-19 outbreak. It was replaced with a more timely editorial just prior to publication. Written with “The Ministry” theme in mind, the original is offered to you here as an online exclusive. ….. We have another beautiful cover […]

Download a Free Quarterly from BAP

  Dear Brothers and Sisters, With our churches closed and COVID-19 confining us to our homes for the foreseeable future, the Bible Advocate Press is offering a complimentary download of the second quarter adult quarterly in English and Spanish. This quarterly, Prince of Peace, is Part 2 of a four-part series on the ministry of […]

A Message from President Stacy

A Message from President Stacy COVID-19 Dear Members & Friends of the General Conference of the Church of God (Seventh Day): As we and the entire world are facing the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic, I find guidance from three statements, one by our Lord Jesus Christ and two by the Apostle Paul. Statement 1 […]

Lord’s Supper is April 7th

Nothing testifies to our unity in Christ like the Lord’s Supper. Many of you are already anticipating our annual service and asking when it will be held. The Church of God (Seventh Day) around the world will be remembering our Lord Jesus Christ and celebrating His redeeming sacrifice on Tuesday, April 7th, 2020. Lord’s Supper […]

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 […]

LeRoy Dais Young Writers Challenge

The Bible Advocate is excited to announce its first-ever writing contest for young writers. Named in honor of LeRoy Dais, who dedicated himself to the GC Publications ministry and the distribution of God’s Word for nearly sixty years, the contest is one way we can show our commitment to cultivate a new generation of BA […]

Announcing 2020 Adult Quarterly Series

Greetings Dear Readers, I’m excited to announce a brand new Adult Quarterly series for 2020 on “The Ministry of Reconciliation” from 2 Corinthians 5. Have a look at the four newly designed covers and find out more details from the series introduction below. In more exciting news, in addition to English and Spanish, the Bible […]

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First Word – Immanuel

“And, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (KJV).  With these words from Jesus, we conclude our Resurrection Commission theme, even if Christ’s Great Commission is just beginning for us (Matthew 28:20b). I do hope that you’ve been challenged and inspired by this yearlong journey. I have.  “I […]

2020 BA Themes Announced

2020 BA THEMES ANNUAL THEME: “THE MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION”   Greetings readers! I’m excited to announce the 2020 Bible Advocate theme and issue sub-themes. In one of the most profound and exciting passages of Scripture, Paul explains to the church what God has done for us in Christ. Reconciliation restores relationship and is nothing less than “new […]

Correction

There is an error on page 23 of the March-April Spanish Bible Advocate. In the second paragraph, the 2019 GC Convention theme is incorrectly identified as “Obligado por el Amor.” It should be “Motivado por su Amor,” as indicated in the page heading. We apologize for any confusion this error has caused. … En la página […]

A New Look!

Exciting news about a new look for CG7.

2019 GC Convention

2019 GC Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Apology Regarding Bill Hybels Reference

The publication schedule for Bible Advocate magazine requires articles to be received by the editor over two months before that issue of the BA arrives in our readers’ hands. Such was the case with my (Loren Stacy’s) “Last Word” article which appears in the September / October issue. This article includes a quotation from Bill […]

BA Themes

2018 BA Themes Annual theme: “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 follow for faith and practice? In 2018, all six issues of the Bible Advocate will be dedicated to examining details of doctrine and lifestyle and why […]

Notice on Q3 Quarterlies

June 6, 2018 Dear Sabbath School Teachers, It has been brought to our attention that there is a significant error in the Spanish version of the third quarter adult quarterly (July-September). Lesson 4 was accidentally omitted, and Lesson 3 appears twice. We apologize for the error and inconvenience. We are reprinting the quarterlies and will […]

Support the BA

Click Here To Donate May 2018 Dear BA Reader and Friend, It’s been busy here at Publications. Maybe you’ve noticed. While thousands are benefiting from the Bible Advocate magazine, gospel tracts, and Sabbath school curriculum in print every week, Publications is progressively utilizing new technologies to grow readership, improve efficiency, and increase cost savings. We […]

Joining The Dance

Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure (Psalm 103:21). Here we are “in-between” again. . . . In the most recent Bible Advocate, our theme is the Royal Law. In the July-August BA, out later this month, we’re looking at Christian Living. Sabbath and marriage are two divine […]

Of Pharaoh and Pharmaceuticals

Bondage is no archaic reality; it’s alive and well. This fact has been impressed on me repeatedly this week. First, my daily Bible readings have taken me through the early chapters of Exodus and the last chapters of Galatians. Bondage is a key theme in both. These passages remind us that freedom is God’s gift […]

This We Believe!

This year we're taking a look at the twelve statements of faith found in "This We Believe". Join us as we examine our creed with conviction and humility.

Week 53: Sabbath School Lesson

Dear Fellow Bible Students, It has come to my attention that some of our adult Sabbath school classes are coming up a week short in quarterly lessons due to 53 Sabbaths in ’16. If this is the case at your local church, BAP has developed a convenient supplemental and concluding lesson for December 30, 2017. This […]

Fall Fundraiser Letter

Donate to Bible Advocate Dear BA Reader and Friend, As I sit to write this fall support letter, I am reflecting over my first two years in the editor’s chair. What a rewarding journey! My mind struggles to wrap itself around all that our small BA team has accomplished. It’s not that my two years […]

We Believe in Miracles!

Attention BA Readers!  I’m excited to announce a new Bible Advocate feature for 2018 that requires your participation. We’re calling it “We Believe In Miracles,” a page where people can read about the amazing power of God in things only He could do. We invite you to submit a personal testimony of such an event […]

More Than Protest

The BA team is wrapping up their work on the final issue of 2017. It’s off to press in a few days, and you should have it — “Soli Deo Gloria,” last in our Reformation 500 Sola series — by the end of the month. Speaking of this month, in October 500 years ago Martin […]

Why A Body?

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 “purpose” and “community” as church membership sinks. The claim is bogus, of course. As pastor […]

Sweeter Than Honey

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 more about bees and harvest my own honey. I love honey! Don warned it would […]

For Sarah’s Sake

With the May-June Sola Fide issue in readers’ hands and the July-August Sola Gratia edition wrapping up, I’m thinking today about the inseparable union of grace and faith, particularly witnessed in the first family of faith, Abraham and Sarah. Paul writes more than once about this couple. They are crucial figures in his exposition 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 […]

Which Word?

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14, NASB). As January turns into February, we are halfway between the Solo Christo issue, already in your hands, and the Sola Scriptura issue, which is […]

Post-Truth

Have you heard the news? Oxford Dictionaries has selected post-truth as its 2016 Word of the Year. What does this compound word mean? Definition: relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief. Though coined in the early 1990’s, usage apparently […]