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Changes coming to Forthright Press and Magazine

As of Feb. 25, Barbara Ann Oliver will step down, due to personal reasons, from the daily operations of Forthright Magazine. We will miss her presence and good work.

Thanks, Barbara, for your wonderful contribution all these years.

For now, I will resume editing of articles. We are searching for a managing editor, a volunteer position since the magazine is a free service.

Forthright Magazine has been around since the mid 1990s. It was our first online effort. Everything else we do online has grown out of it.

My son Joel has begun reworking the Forthright Press website and will take over the marketing and sales. He brings experience and knowledge to the process.

Every change is an opportunity for growth. We trust in the Lord to show better ways of serving the church and of helping others seek his way.

Practical Guide to Bible Study (Portuguese)

Jon Gary Williams wrote and published the book, A Practical Guide to Bible Study. We translated it into Brazilian Portuguese and published it in 2018.

The paperback has a full-color cover, with 101 pages, done in high-quality printing. It was printed in Brazil. We’ve had requests on how to get a copy outside of Brazil.

To order a copy of the book outside of Brazil, do this:

  • Send US$15.00 (per book copy) to our PayPal account.
  • Email us with your complete mailing address, including full zip code.

International snail mail is taking weeks to arrive, so please be patient. Contact us if you’ve not received it after two months.

For other books in Portuguese see our website for Projeto Alcance.

Practicing Proverbs, chapter 2

This is an exercise we’ve done with several chapters in the book of Proverbs for our own edification. This seven-fold list might encourage you.

  1. Wisdom (and the truth behind it) is discoverable, 1-11. We can know the truth, Jn 8.31-32. Pilate’s question, “What is truth?” has an answer.
  2. To “call out for” discernment and “raise your voice” for understanding, 3, indicate the intensity of desire for wisdom, reinforced by verse 4. The search must be real and all-consuming, or “extreme” (now a positive quality).
  3. Wisdom must enter the heart, 10. Truth comes from outside man, Ps 51.6. The popular idea of looking within oneself for truth and guidance is terribly misguided.
  4. Wisdom is a savior from evil men and immoral women, 12-19. It works powerfully in a fallen world.
  5. The marriage covenant is “made before God” 17. It is more than a contract between two people. God unites them, so it ought not to be broken.
  6. The upright who reside in the land, 21, are those who prosper and have peace by seeking God’s wisdom. See Mt 5.5.
  7. Wisdom and wickedness are two ways of life—and the only two that exist—that lead to two different destinies, 21-22. Which will you choose? 20.

AUDIO: William Davis tells how he left a life of Pentecostalism

william-davis-pentecostalismEarlier BNc reported on William Davis’s lesson May 25 in Alabama, in which he explained how he left Pencostalism.

The audio, about 52 minutes in length, is now available, below:

The audio file may be downloaded by right-clicking this link and choosing “Save File As” from the context menu.

My Pleroma social media account

4 reasons why posting your public content on Facebook is a bad idea

Maybe you’re happy that a only small group of friends sees your cat pictures or short comments. But your public content deserves to be seen by a wider audience, right? Some things you want the world to see.

When you want to share with the world, your articles, reflections, photos, and links should all be easily available to anyone who wants to see them.

That goes double for devotional thoughts, Bible meditations, and gospel articles.

Here are some reasons why it’s not advisable to post your public content to Facebook, along with suggestions about what to do. Continue reading

Let us pray for Christian authors, writers, and poets

pray-writersA large religious publisher apparently makes a monthly call for prayer for its authors. Their practice reminds us that many in the brotherhood are writing books, Sunday school curriculum, articles, poems, and posts. Wouldn’t it be a grand thing to include them in our regular prayers?

Perhaps you’d like to include such a supplication to the Lord in a prayer with your brethren as well in private.

We’re at the FHU Lectureship

If you’ve not visited the displays at the FHU Lectureship, be sure and visit our stand. Barbara Oliver is there behind the table, with Mike Brooks, who also has up a display of his work in Nepal and Bangladesh.

We’ve got all the Forthright books, plus some!

The display area is in the gym next to Loyd Auditorium.