Mike Brooks on disaster aid and souls

On Forthright Magazine today, Mike Brooks has judicious and balanced remarks for the church about disaster relief and preaching the gospel. He says,

Helping the poor and needy, including the victims of disaster, is part of his work and certainly is a means of expressing Christian faith and love (James 2:15-16; 1 John 3:17-18). We must never shirk from the opportunity to do this (Galatians 6:10).

Yet there is one thing that is even more important and urgent. That is confronting the disaster of sin which threatens the lives of the entire population of this world.

Haiti’s earthquake will affect its 8 or 9 million people for the next decade or so. Sin, if unforgiven, will condemn the earth’s population of nearly 7 billion for all eternity. Does that fact appall us and spark us to action as does an earthquake? Should it not?

He applies the words of Jesus about the poor being always with us to our present situation, then surveys some of the huge disasters of the last decade. This article deserves widespread republication.


HCU releases book on God, “I AM”

NOTE: We’re happy to share this good news from Heritage Christian University, sent by email just a few moments ago. We’ve compiled the following from an exchange of emails, with the author’s permission. Knowing the good people who edited and wrote it, plus the wonderful subject which we don’t see much of among our writers, we just had to tell you about it.

by Bill Bagents

FLORENCE, Ala. — The delivery truck from Boaz Printing rolled in delivering the first copies of I AM: A Study of the True and Living God.

The book was edited by our own Jeremy Barrier and Charles Webb of Freed-Hardeman University.Read More


Barry with light, across 3 decades

Barry Newton was the first Forthright Magazine columnist, perhaps even before Forthright took its name. Back in the 90s, I was bopping out some articles and putting them, in html!, on the Internet. I invited Barry to write once a week and let me share them on the same site. That was the beginning of it all.

So we can now say Barry is spanning parts of three decades (we’re counting 2010 as a new decade) in his writing with Forthright.

It gives me special pleasure, then, when I see yet another article from Barry’s mind and heart.

Today, Barry reminds us to walk in the light of Christ, in “Ain’t No Sunshine,” for when the dark days come.


Book exhibit at FHU Lectureship

Co-director Barbara A. Oliver will be staffing a booth for Forthright Press in the Lectureship Exhibit area during Freed-Hardeman University’s Annual Bible Lectureship, in Henderson TN.

The Lectureship runs from Sunday, Feb. 7 to Friday, Feb. 12. The theme for the 74th event is: “Perfecting God’s People, Christ and Culture in Corinthians.”

We’ll be sharing exhibit space with Clarity Publications and Gospel Opportunities, so you should see Jeff Jenkins and Robert and Michal Swain hovering around as well.

Richard Mansel, managing editor of Forthright Magazine, and Mike Brooks, Forthright columnist, also promise be present, shuttling between lectures and the exhibit space.

Other Forthright authors and friends will be coming through, so make a point to stop in and say hello. And buy a book.


Sanctified living

Today, managing editor Richard Mansel shares his second article about “Life in a Sanctified Kingdom.” It’s a good read, since we don’t always frame our moral and spiritual discussions, unfortunately, in terms of sanctification and holiness.

The site was done for a couple of days, but it’s back up and running today.

We’re going to be revamping the FPress site before long. If you have any ideas of what you’d like to see on it, send us a line.

Extra note: The Fellowship Room is really taking off nicely. Come visit and stay around.

One of our Fellows on TFR sends out a daily meditation. Today I interspersed my reflections in the Bible verse he sent out.