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Changes afoot

In this editorial, we talk about theme changes and more profound ones: support loss, donation link, ministry growth, and purpose statement.

You’ll notice a new theme on the site, after years of stability. We hope it serves the readers well. If you encounter any problems or see something that looks strange, please let us know.

If you’re not a subscriber of Forthright Magazine, now’s a good time to sign up. Be sure to get notice of all the articles, either in your inbox, by RSS feed, or social media.

The latter aren’t trustworthy, because they restrict who sees what. Yes, Facebook and now Twitter do that. And they “do many things like this,” to paraphrase the Lord.

That’s why we recommend the first two options of the email subscription or RSS feed.

Support loss spurs donation link

Against our preference, we’re adding, at the bottom of the side column, a discrete link to a donation page. As marathon missionaries, we’re losing significant support in June of this year. Cuts must come. We don’t know what the future holds. Your donation will help ensure continuity of this effort.

Brotherhood evangelistic efforts, as a rule, do not ask for donations from people they are trying to reach. They seek support from within the brotherhood. I remember watching, as a boy, “The Herald of Truth,” when Batsell Barrett Baxter was the speaker, and feeling glad that, differently from denominational programs, no financial appeal was ever made on the program.

This is right and appropriate. Being on the internet, however, blurs that distinction somewhat, inevitably and, to my mind, undesirably. So the donations we seek for GoSpeak/Forthright are from those who share our faith. We have no idea and no way to find out if our readers are mainly our own brethren or those outside of the Lord.

In for the long haul

We’re coming up on our twentieth anniversary at Forthright Magazine. (I can never remember if it was 1996 or 1997; the former, I think.) No plans call for a halt. On the contrary, we pray the Lord will bless this effort, as he has over the last two decades. From articles of mine and Barry Newton‘s has grown not only the magazine itself, but a whole group of efforts involving dozens of collaborators and contributors.

This group includes Brotherhood News and The Fellowship Room, among others, and, most recently, Sermon Lines.

At one time, a few years ago, I counted no less than 50 people associated with this fine group. We thank God for each one and for everyone’s willingness to participate.

Our mission

The stated mission of Forthright Press and Magazine is this:

The purpose of Forthright Press is to encourage every person to do the will of God in order to enter the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 7:21), for God’s commandment is eternal life (John 12:51) in Jesus Christ, the only way to salvation (Acts 4:12). We partner with dozens of faithful brothers and sisters toward this goal.

May our God give us grace and power to fulfill it.

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J. Randal Matheny

Servant of the Lord at GoSpeak
Randal and his wife have lived and worked in Brazil since 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. Randal's a lefty, a chocolate lover, an author and a poet.

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