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From: "Forthright Magazine" <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Mon, 07 Feb 2011 17:25:57 -0200
Forthright Magazine
Straight to the Cross


Bibles, Versions, Sharing, and Friends
  by J. Randal Matheny, editor

• In his book, "Here Comes Everybody: The Power of
Organizing without Organizations," Clay Shirky write,
"We are living in the middle of a remarkable increase
in our ability to share, to cooperate with one
another, and to take collective action, all outside
the framework of traditional institutions and
organizations." The Forthright/GoSpeak team is seeking
to take advantage of that increased ability.

• Our coworker Barbara Ann Oliver is waiting to meet
you and share the Forthright Press offerings with you
at our booth at the Freed-Hardeman Bible Lectureship
this week. Be sure to look her up. We hear that snow
has come yet again to the event.

• Our managing editor Richard Mansel is in his last
week of physical therapy in Jacksonville, Fla. It's
been a great benefit to him, from what he tells us. On
Friday he returns to his Georgia home. We look forward
to turning the magazine work back over to him. He's
been a key player in moving Forthright forward over
the past several years.

• In 2011, the Brazilian Bible Society will print its
100 millionth copy of Scripture, be it the whole Bible
or a portion thereof. Other groups and publishers also
print and distribute the Bible. All over the world,
the Bible is available as never before. Now, on the
Internet and in electronic format, just about everyone
can read the Bible. What a blessing!

• All that means we've come a long way since the 400
years of the King James Version. Those eminent
translators could never have guessed what the future
would hold. We imagine they'd be pleased.

• We wonder what brotherhood offerings are available
online for Bible versions. We're aware of the HTHBible
site./1 Roy Davison also provides a site that serves
as a focal point for information about the Revised
Standard Version,/2 though not the actual RSV text. Do
you know of any Bible versions online offered by
brotherhood sites? Let us know at

• Quick Bible Truths/3 is a GoSpeak.org effort to get
out the gospel before the people, Twitter-style. These
make great zingers, fillers, or starters. Here are a
few to give you a feel for this service:

  - If God is mine, all else is icing on the
    cake. "'My portion is the Lord,' I said to
    myself, so I will put my hope in him." Lm
    3.24 NET

  - Grace becomes license when people deny,
    in practice, that Jesus is Master and Lord.
    Jd 4

  - After the second feeding of the
    multitude, Jesus heals a man in two stages.
    The blind man sees, but will the disciples?
    Mk 8.22-26

  - Spontaneity may not be an act of inner
    sincerity; it may well be an impulse of
    carnal desire. Cl 3.5

  - Where there is faith, things happen. God
    acts. People stir. "By faith Abraham
    obeyed." Hb 11.8

• Finally, this thought from our brother Jorge, who
taught our Bible class Sunday morning, Feb. 6: "If
your best friend is not a Christian, you're in
trouble." Indeed!
1/ http://hthbible.com/
2/ http://revisedstandard.org/
3/ http://twitter.com/bibletruths

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