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Writing For the Bible Advocate

Thanks for considering writing with us for the sake of the grace and truth of Christ. The BA appreciates your prayers, support, and contributions. Please review our Writer’s Guidelines and feel free to contact us with questions or ideas at bibleadvocate@cog7.org.


Writer’s Guidelines

On publication, Bible Advocate Press pays an honorarium of $25 per published page, up to $65. Poetry
and fillers pay $20. The editorial staff welcomes inquiries on writing good articles: selecting topics, developing ideas, overcoming roadblocks, etc. To find out more about what we are looking for in submissions, please review our writer’s guidelines.


2019 BA Themes

Annual theme:  Resurrection Commission

Jesus gave His church a Great Commission. “Go make disciples of all the nations” looms as the pinnacle of our calling as co-workers with God. His mission to rescue and restore creation to His good purposes is our mission too. So central is this vocational vision to the life of the church that the Bible Advocate is devoting 2019 to the subject. Our “Resurrection Commission” theme recalls that Jesus’ directive originated in His defeat of death and His authority over all. His commission isn’t accomplished by mere humans, but through the confident faith of a people caught up in the resurrection life flowing from Father to Son to us, by the Holy Spirit.

The call to this monumental task is exciting and humbling, and we want to be found faithful to and effective in it. Therefore, the six issues of 2019 will explore the details of Christ’s “Resurrection Commission.” We invite you to join this effort. The BA editorial team is looking for content rich in biblical insight, personal testimony, and practical mission experiences that will inspire and equip the church to “go,” to the glory of God and His kingdom. Take a look at the themes, submission deadlines, and descriptions of each issue and consider contributing to the mission.

Jason Overman, Editor

November-December: I Am With You – Matthew 28:20b — Not Alone as Immanuel Goes With Us
Topics: Personal, biblical stories on patience, presence, and hope; future things; kingdom come and coming. Spotlight on Revelation.
Deadline: August 16, 2019

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2020 BA Themes

Annual theme:  The Ministry of Reconciliation

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 creation” and the ministry of the new covenant. It is all a gift of God through Jesus Christ.

But remarkably, God has committed this ministry of reconciliation to us. Together, we are workers with God, ambassadors for Christ, praying, “Be reconciled to God!” even as we are being made the righteousness of God in Him. In our deeply divided world, is there a more important message? What a responsibility!

It’s humbling. We can’t be His ministers of reconciliation if we aren’t already new creatures reconciled to God in Christ. Therefore, the six BA issues of 2020 will explore the details of this divine ministry, and we invite you to join the effort. Our editorial team is looking for content rich in biblical insight, personal testimony, and practical application that will inspire and equip the church to bring the reconciling peace of Christ to a bitterly broken
world. Take a look at the subthemes, deadlines, and basic descriptions of each issue and consider
contributing to the ministry.

— Jason Overman, Editor

 

January-February: Reconciled – 2 Corinthians 5:18, 19 (vv. 14, 15, 21) — What God has accomplished for us in Christ
Article ideas:
Personal and biblical reconciliation stories; word study on key terms (like recon- cile, atonement); the scope of peacemaking in Christ and the church. Spotlight on Ephesians 2
Submission deadline: October 14, 2019 

March-April: New Creation – 2 Corinthians 5:17 (vv. 14, 15) — Our new life as new creations in Christ
Article ideas:
Personal and biblical new creation stories; word study on key terms (like creation, life); practical examples of how the love of Christ compels us. Spotlight on Revelation 21
Submission Deadline: December 13, 2019 

May-June: The Ministry – 2 Corinthians 5:18, 19 (cf. 3:3-9; 4:1; 6:3, 4) — God’s gift of a new covenant in Christ Article ideas: Personal and biblical new covenant stories; word study on key terms (like minis- try, covenant); the new and better promises of God in Christ. Spotlight on 2 Corinthians 3
Submission Deadline: February 14, 2020 

July-August: Ambassadors – 2 Corinthians 5:20 — God’s ministers of reconciliation for Christ
Article ideas:
Personal and biblical witness stories; word study on key terms (like ambassador, message); how God’s reconciliation addresses broken relationships of every kind. Spotlight on Philemon Submission Deadline: April 13, 2020 

September-October: Becoming – 2 Corinthians 5:21 (v. 15; 3:18) — Being made the righteousness of God in Christ
Article ideas:
Personal and biblical sanctification stories; word study on key terms (like righteousness of God); process of Spirit transforma- tion from glory to glory. Spotlight on Romans 8
Submission Deadline: June 15, 2020 

November-December: Together – 2 Corinthians 6:1, 2 (vv. 14-21; 4:1-4a) — Workers with God in Christ
Article ideas:
Personal and biblical us/we stories; word study on key terms (like ministers, work- ers); themes of team ministry, blameless ministry, day of salvation. Spotlight on Ephesians 4
Submission Deadline: August 14, 2020