The Christadelphian Advocate Today
The Christadelphian Advocate was first published in 1885 “for the purpose of advocating the truth concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ; and also to be used as a medium of communication between the Christadelphian bodies scattered throughout this great continent…” The publication’s purpose and charge for which it is accountable is not, in the end, to the readers, but to the LORD, conducting the magazine in the way of righteousness (Proverbs 12:28; 2 Peter 2:21), fervently seeking to benefit and edify the body of Christ as we wait for his return.
While our commission has not changed over the past 130+ years, the way we communicate and gather news and information has. Interest in printed media steadily declines in favor of electronic and social outlets. The Internet with its myriad of social platforms, blogs, forums and news sources take the place of the printed word for many, while Bible-based and Scripture-oriented periodicals are no longer the primary source for current events and news. This poses a daunting challenge for sustaining interest in a printed magazine while seeking to engage and edify future generations of believers.
The Advocate Publishing Committee is currently evaluating various options as to how best to reach out to a wider audience and provide more timely and relevant content. A website overhaul seemed like the logical starting point that would serve as a springboard for this effort. The new website has many of the same features as the old one while integrating a friendlier user interface and rotating/updating feature articles, books, ecclesial news and questions on a regular basis. The next phase of development is focused on digital publication, e-newsletters or other online and interactive materials.
The Advocate is dedicated to the task of edifying and encouraging its readers to faithfully uphold the original faith which was once delivered unto the saints (Jude 1:3); to reflect their dedication to their Creator by leading a life set apart from the world, and by close observance of the Commandments of Christ, without which, holiness before God…at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, is impossible (1 Thessalonians 3:13).