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. Continue reading “After 12 years of continuous writing, Richard Mansel leaves Forthright”
“Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel!” (1 Corinthians 9:16).
You know the one about the boy who gave a dollar to the preacher? The preacher, surprised, asks: “What’s this for?” The boy responds, “It’s for you,” he responds. “My father says you’re the poorest preacher he’s ever known.
“Preachers,” we are reminded, “should talk about eternity, not for eternity.” Continue reading “Preacher jokes”
Minimalism and a simple lifestyle are popular philosophies in the modern world of materialism and busy complications. The effort seeks to do with less as a means of enjoying life more.
True simplicity may be enhanced by possessing fewer material goods, but the amount of possessions does not necessarily define it. It consists of a single focus. So says the Lord Jesus Christ. Continue reading “True simplicity”
“The more I understand and contemplate Jesus’ surrender of Himself for me, the more I give myself again to Him.” -Andrew Murray
The gift of God is himself. The focus of the New Testament is this gift. Every line of logic, every doctrine leads back to God’s giving of Christ and Christ’s surrender of his life. Continue reading “The More I Give Myself Again”
Haggai’s message was not meant to be comfortable. When he arrived in Jerusalem in 520 B.C., the temple of God was still not constructed. 18 years had passed since King Cyrus of Persia had released the Jews from their exile. Continue reading When Is The Lord's Turn?
by J. Randal Matheny, editor
I noticed my phone bill was due today (18th actually, but still not past due), so I walked down the few blocks to the post where I normally pay it. Was just after 12 noon, and there was a line, so I walked back a block, ate lunch at a decent restaurant with lots of veggies and then returned to a shorter line. Still waited some 10-15 minutes to pay. Bearable.
Walking back, I passed by the local branch of the Igreja cristã evangélica (Evangelical Christian Church), a group of the Reformed branch of Protestantism. Reminded me of when they put up a sign a few years ago, with large letters of their abbreviated name: ICE.
The Pentecostals accuse the “traditionalists” of being cold. So I wasn’t surprised that the sign didn’t stay up long. English is not the language here, but enough people know enough English to make a joke of it. And I’m sure they did. Continue reading “A Hot Faith”