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Author, editor, publisher, teacher of the Way

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.

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.


Forthright launches dynamic forum

Be the first to try out the new Christian forum right here on the Forthright Press website.

This cool forum was made for the 21st century, totally unlike the forum scripts popular in the 90s.

You’re welcome to post articles, questions, personal reflections, and links.

You can sign up directly and quickly with the forum service or log in with your Facebook account.

Testing this forum software on my personal blog, I found it to provide a positive experience.

The Christian Forum is an easy space for dynamic interaction.

With it we hope to serve our friends, readers, and family in Christ even better.


Which of the 13 choices would you highlight as essential?

choosefrontcoverpA sister in Christ bought 100 copies of the Choose book for a ladies day. In order to present the book to the participants, she asked author J. Randal Matheny a couple of questions about the book.

Q: Often we see books that address a problem this way: “If you’re feeling “______,” then read “________,” as a tool to make you feel or do better somehow. You address a different way to approach this area. What inspired you to write about choices, and specifically 13 of them? Continue reading


We’re hosting a FB group for Christian authors and readers

On Facebook, Forthright Press has opened a group for authors in churches of Christ. It’s open to everyone who’s interested in books in print published for the brotherhood. Authors come from many publishers, and many of them are self-published. All are welcome!

Recent discussions include citation complicated by the Internet, online resources for research, and new books in preparation by members of the group.

Here’s the group description:

Highlighting the work of authors of *books in print,* in churches of Christ, who believe that the New Testament is the pattern for faith and practice. Not for progressives, non-institutional or instrumental positions. Please don’t post notice of events, invitations, or other content not related to writing or authors in churches of Christ.

The groups is designed to encourage authors through contact with each other and to bring authors and readers together.


A year of plans, one day at a time

Barbara Ann Oliver and J. Randal Matheny

Barbara Ann Oliver and J. Randal Matheny

On behalf of the dozens of people who contribute in some way to the Forthright / GoSpeak / Old Paths family, we pray the Lord’s blessing be upon you for the coming year of 2014.

Fellows and admins of The Fellowship Room, editors and columnists of Forthright Magazine, advisory board members, editors, and contributors of, members and collaborators of other sites and efforts, as well as supporters and encouragers of this service done for the approval and glory of God, all join to call upon the Sovereign Ruler for his powerful presence to bring to your life meaning and joy and peace and every good thing. Continue reading


Our 2014 recommendation for a daily Bible reading plan

notas-bibliaIn years past, we’ve published a yearly schedule of Bible readings in PDF format.

This year, we found a plan that we’ve been following for several weeks and it has been the best we’ve seen so far.

So we recommend it to you. The link goes to a TFR post where we mentioned it some time back.

Here’s a picture and a description of our experience after 17 days.

There are many good plans out there. What’s important is to find one that works for you and inspires you to read all of God’s word regularly.

And don’t forget that Forthright Press has a number of books to help when you turn from your reading to some serious study.


Congregation gives Choose! book to visitors on Friends Day

choosefrontcoverpInspired by the idea of a sister who bought a whole box of Choose! books for a ladies day, a congregation in Arkansas bought a box to hand out to visitors on their Friends Day.

With a deep discount for the purchase of a box, this is a very economical option, and one that encourages people to do the will of God and make right decisions in life.

The book is an item that people will not throw away. It will remind them of your event and of the family of God who gave it, serving as a testimony for years to come.

Choose! is printed on cream paper with dark brown ink, giving it a warm feel just right for the powerful principles revealed in the book.

Contact Barbara Ann and ask about the special rate for a large quantity to make your event even more special.

Call (901) 517-7274 for a fast order. Or email her at


Big quantity of Choose! book is gift for ladies day

choosefrontcoverpA sister in Christ in Texas bought 112 copies of the book Choose! as a gift for the participants in her congregation’s ladies day program.

That’s a whole box of books! We gave her a special rate that made it especially attractive.

Some study groups and Bible classes use this 13-chapter book with questions. But this is a novel idea, to present the book as a gift for a special program.

Contact Barbara Ann and ask about the special rate for a large quantity to make your event even more special.

Call (901) 517-7274 for a fast order. Or email her at