Updated: Dec 16, 2019
The Christadelphian Advocate was first published by Brother Thomas Williams as a monthly periodical in March of 1885. It was an outgrowth of excitement in the revival of Biblical Truth which had taken root in the North American Christadelphian community. At the time, there was a strong desire to read such a periodical as both a means for Christadelphians to communicate with one another and to lend support and encouragement to all through advocating for the Truth of Scripture.
Today, nearly 135 years later, the Christadelphian Advocate magazine remains committed to those same ideals. We believe it is important to do what we can to facilitate the Biblical command, “Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind” (I Peter 5:2).
In contrast to those pioneer brethren and early writers, we live in an age of impressive digital tools and connectivity that may allow Christadelphians a greater means than ever before to communicate with each other and advocate for the Truth. However, we also believe there is a thirst for revival in our community; a need to encourage and excite believers and Bible students- new and old- in the great hope of salvation woven within the extraordinary beauty, harmony, and meaning of the Word of God. As ambassadors of Christ (I Corinthians 5:20), it is also increasingly important to tactically reset our footing to stand firmly against the rising tide of both hatred and apathy for the Kingdom of God that we see in the world today.
To that end, the Christadelphian Advocate is happy to announce a new initiative to build an online Bible study resource and media library. This new digital content will be accessible from the Advocate website and will be extend beyond the traditional magazine editorials, sequential studies, exhortations, and ecclesial news (though the digital publication will continue to include this work). Some of the additional content currently in development includes:
• Christadelphian artwork
• Study notes and guides
• Sunday school lessons and ideas
• Christadelphian music and hymns
As you might expect, this is not a small task! Whether or not you are currently a reader or supporter of the Advocate, and regardless of your age or level of experience, we hope you’ll consider contributing to this body of work, which we hope to make freely available to everyone.
If you are interested in contributing to this effort, have suggestions for content, would like further updates on more specifics as they become available in the coming months, or wish to contact the Christadelphian Advocate generally- please visit the contact portal of our new website www.christadelphianadvocate.org
We are excited and hopeful about the possibilities before us, and we can’t wait to share more information as we progress. We have much to do, but we look forward to the work and hope that like many brothers and sisters in the past, we too may be of service to those seeking to defend the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ.