Christ

Master Builder

I have seen many kinds of church buildings in my journey. I can remember something about all of them, except the first (my first year of life). Several churches from my childhood stand out in memory. In one of them, we were building a sanctuary while we were there. It was enormous and in the […]

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 […]

Shepherd Stories

It was 2:38 a.m. and only eighteen degrees outside. I was soundly sleeping in my warm, comfortable bed when I heard a deep growl and loud barking in our yard. Two large dogs were attacking our lambs and three-month-old horse. The nightmare scenario of every shepherd enfolded in front of my eyes. What could I […]

Thy Kingdom Come

The 2000 movie Pay It Forward tells the story of a seventh grader named Trevor, whose new social studies teacher issues an assignment to think of something that could change the world, and then put it into action. Trevor comes up with the idea of doing big favors for three people that are not intended […]

Signs of the Kingdom

The Bible Advocate has evolved over more than one hundred fifty years with several changes in name, ranging from Hope of Israel to today’s title. One thing that has not changed is the belief that Jesus Christ will return again and establish His kingdom on this earth. This message is important because it provides hope […]

The Gospel’s Proper Order

“I’d like to be baptized someday, but I don’t think I’m ready yet. I need more time.” I’ve heard statements along these lines several times. Those who speak them wrongly believe that they must first be good enough before receiving the salvation that Christ offers them. Some have parents imposing this false belief on them. Others […]

A Call to Obedience

Is it possible to experience a church environment with singing, reading Scripture, preaching, and celebrating every Sabbath, without fully experiencing the lordship of Jesus Christ? “Really?” you say. “How could you not know the Lord Jesus?” Jesus on the sidelines isn’t so far-fetched! Did you know that happened in the first century? The church community […]

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The Humble Leadership of Christ

For leadership to be Christian, it must follow teaching and example of Christ. Three passages stand out to me when I think about Christian leadership.

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He is Lord!

The lordship of Christ is central to witnessing the Word of God.

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Transcendence

We cannot truly belong to Christ if we try to earn our salvation.