February 21, 2017, will mark twelve years of consecutive articles on Forthright Magazine for columnist Richard Mansel, without missing a single week. Because of personal reasons, Richard says it’s time to leave. For several years during this period Richard also provided good leadership as Managing Editor.
Shortly after he came aboard, Richard fast became a good friend and someone to bounce ideas off of. We did not know each other personally, but he quickly gained our trust.
Richard first wrote a column called “Square One,” designed to teach those who are unfamiliar with Christianity and to lay down the fundamentals of the faith. In 2009 he began a new column, “Living the Faith,” to address important topics of the day and active Christian living.
In January, 2009, Forthright Press published a collection of 26 of Richard’s articles in the book, The Most Important Question. It deserves wide circulation among non-Christians and careful study in groups and classes of the basic doctrines of salvation.
Richard’s writing will continue to be archived on the website for future reference.
Forthright and its readers have been blessed by Richard’s contributions. He has a keen concern for good writing and has exerted himself, even when health and circumstances proved a great trial, to provide timely, incisive articles.
Richard has promised to contribute articles on occasion, so we will not be totally deprived of his presence. He hinted he might also post at times over on The Fellowship Room.
Richard will be pursuing some writing projects of his own. In those we pray great success for him. And we are grateful to God for his consistent quality work over the past 12 years with Forthright.
We’re in a search for new talent to fill Richard’s slot on Tuesday. Or we’ll rearrange our present slate of writers. What we’ll never be able to do, as good as the new writers may be, is replace him.