Take a minute and get to know our president and Bible teacher, Ron Moore. Our hope is that you find encouragement as you listen to his practical teaching.
A note from Ron
I can't tell you how excited I am to join Back to the Bible! When the ministry asked me to come on board as president and full-time Bible teacher, I felt honored to carry on their rich history of Bible teaching.
It is my passion to teach God's Word in a relevant and practical way. A way that anyone who hears--in whatever situation they're going through--can understand and apply it to their life.
I truly believe that God has great things in store for the future of Back to the Bible, and I'm humbled to be part of it. It's my prayer that you'll join me in Back to the Bible's mission to teach the Word of God and help men and women everywhere grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ.
About Ron Moore
Ron Moore was born and raised in Perry, Oklahoma--also the place where he and his wife, Lori, met and married in 1980. Ron and Lori have four children: Brittany, and her husband, Josiah; Garrison, and his wife, Sarah; Lara, and her soon-to-be-husband, DJ; and Mackenzie, a sophomore at Liberty University. They also have two grandchildren, Leah and Gordon, born to Garrison and Sarah.
For the past 25 years, Ron has served as senior pastor of The Bible Chapel, a multisite church with 4,000 people meeting at four campuses throughout the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, area. Before joining Back to the Bible, Ron's teaching was heard each weekday on a national program called The Journey.
Ron earned a Master of Theology (Th.M.) and a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree from Dallas Theological Seminary where his doctoral work focused on marriage enrichment. He also holds a master's degree in education from Texas A&M at Commerce. Ron has written several books including: Journey through the Bible, Journey through the Psalms, Journey through the Gospels and Ignite. His newest work will be released in May 2017.
Q&A with Ron
My wife, Lori, and I met in our hometown of Perry, Oklahoma. This August (2016) we will celebrate our 36th wedding anniversary. God has blessed us with four wonderful children: Brittany, and her husband, Josiah; Garrison, and his wife, Sarah; Lara, and her soon-to-be-husband, DJ; and Mackenzie, a sophomore at Liberty University. We have one granddaughter, Leah, born to Garrison and Sarah eight months ago.
When you are getting ready to have your first grandchild everyone asks, "What are you going to be called?" I was going to wait and let Leah pick the name but having heard some refer to their grandfather as, "Pee Pa," or "Pa Pa" I felt that to be a bit too risky. So I went traditional. I am called Grandpa and Lori is called Grammy.
I grew up in a Christian home and still remember gathering in our front room each evening to read the Bible and pray as a family. As a child I saw that reading the Bible was important to my parents, so it was important to me. Later on I started reading it for myself. I loved that the stories in the Old Testament were real and raw. God held nothing back in communicating his truth. I grew to love the straightforward teaching of the New Testament.
The Bible is God's love letter to us. He includes everything he wants us to know about himself and ourselves. As the apostle Paul wrote, all of God's Word rebukes, corrects, instructs and trains us for living a life pleasing to God.
The Bible changed my life by introducing me to the person and work of Jesus. The Bible continues to change my life each day as God tells me I have wandered from the path, shows me how to correct actions, shows me how to get back on the right path and trains me to stay on the path. The Bible has changed me and is changing me.
I have never had one favorite Bible passage. I have had favorite passages for different periods in my life.
Zephaniah 3:17 has been a longtime favorite passage. For many years of our marriage this verse was framed and hung in our home.
Zephaniah 3:17 - "The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing."
This verse reminds me of God's constant presence. The Mighty Warrior is always with me. He watches over my life and protects me. He delights in me. It blows my mind that the Creator takes pleasure in me. God rejoices over me with singing. It's amazing that God wants us to picture him singing songs of joy over our lives.
Another passage that has been a favorite lately is Isaiah 43:1-3.
Isaiah 43:1-3 - "But now, this is what the LORD says--he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: 'Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior...'"
God has redeemed me, called me by name, and said, "You are mine." Through the challenges of life he remains my Lord, my God and my Savior.
I learned how to study the Bible under the teaching of Howard Hendricks at Dallas Theological Seminary. For instance, I read the passage several times to gain an understanding of the content and flow. I make a list of observations, some points that stand out and some questions that I have. After I feel like I have a grasp of the passage, I use the Logos software to consult several commentaries to understand and confirm what the passage means. Then I move to application. How does this apply to me...now? How will this apply to those I am teaching?
When I think of BttB I think of two things: Rich past. Exciting future. To have the opportunity to follow the great teaching of Theodore Epp, Warren Wiersbe, Woodroll Kroll and others is very humbling. For over 75 years BttB has been delivering God's Word around the world. And when God's Word goes out, He promises it will never return empty.
Now BttB is moving into the future. Along with radio, goTandem is a powerful tool. It moves teaching and discipleship to the digital platforms that everyone is using. Spiritual growth tools in the palm of your hand--that's the type of thinking and development that I want to be a part of.
Couple things: My mom and dad both had the same last name--Moore. They assured us they were not related.
We use our backyard as a whiffle ball field named Barney Memorial Field after a deceased hamster buried under home plate. A tarp is hung between two trees for the center field fence. We call it the Blue Monster. We play the national anthem before each game. Participants besides our children have included neighbors, our church staff and friends our children have brought home from college.
I enjoy running. I run five days each week. I use the time to clear my mind and pray. I enjoy hiking with Lori. Sometimes that involves taking in the countryside; other times we take urban hikes through a city.
The day would start with a morning run followed by a time with Lori, drinking coffee on our front porch. Midmorning we would head to downtown Pittsburgh and have tacos at a favorite outdoor taco stand. After a walk, we would have a cappuccino at an outdoor café. Then in the evening all our kids, their spouses and our granddaughter would come over for dinner. To hear our children and their spouses laugh and interact with one another would be the perfect ending to a perfect day. Then after they left, Lori and I would sit on the porch and reflect on the day with another cup of coffee.
For years one of our family traditions has been to celebrate Advent during the Christmas season. The kids took turns reading passages, a devotion and leading in Christmas songs. Lighting and blowing out the candles was always a big deal. Now, with the kids older, we still celebrate a modified Advent on Christmas Eve prior to opening gifts. Christmas morning we go downstairs to open small gifts found in each one's stocking. Then it's a birthday party! Our third child, Lara, was born on Christmas day. She plans the day and picks the menu. Our Christmas dinner, rather, her birthday dinner, has consisted of everything from pizza to Chinese food.
My wife, Lori, is a great cook and anything she fixes is fantastic. But if I had to choose I would say BBQ anything, strawberry pretzel salad and salted caramel bars are my favorites. The only thing Lori doesn't make that would fit into this category is chocolate raspberry truffle ice cream from a local ice cream store.
Like passages of Scripture I don't have one favorite book. Many books have impacted me in different ways at different times of my life. Mere Christianity helped me form a framework of the essentials of the faith. Knowing God helped me comprehend the vastness of God's person and character. Finishing Our Course with Joy put a meaningful legacy in perspective. Keep Believing helped develop a framework for trusting God through life's challenges. A Lasting Promise is a book I use as a primary resource for the marriage enrichment sessions I teach. Unbroken told the amazing story of survival through unbelievable struggle and ultimately a journey of faith.