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  • Randal 6:41 am on December 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Our sister in Christ and TFR Fellow Glenda Williams said last night that it appears her mother will not last much longer. She said that separations are hard and requested prayer. Glenda has cared for her 102-year-old mother for a long time.

  • Randal 6:08 pm on November 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Welcome to Josh Gulley 

    josh-gulleyWe’d like to welcome Josh Gulley as the newest Fellow here on TFR. Josh teaches chorus at DeKalb County High School in Middle Tennessee and attends the congregation in Smithville.

    Eugene has posted a number of Josh’s articles from the Smithville church bulletin, so he arrives as a figure already familiar to us. And he’s already made his first post today, which we hope will be the first of many edifying articles.

    We had the privilege of meeting Josh earlier this year at Tenn. Bible College’s Spiritual Renewal Lectureship.

    Please make Josh feel welcome.

  • Randal 9:57 am on September 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    We welcome two new TFR fellows 

    Please welcome Sandi Rog and Doc Phillips, our two newest Fellows who will be sharing their perspectives on TFR. (Their bios are on the Fellows page.) In fact, they’ve already made some posts yesterday and today. Eugene is getting them up to speed on using the WP software.

    We look forward to learning from them both and being encouraged by their faith.

  • Randal 1:58 pm on May 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Welcome Michael Summers as our newest Fellow 

    We were in the A Cappella Chorus together at Freed-Hardeman University, went on the 1976 European tour together, but since then, continents and hemispheres apart, I’d not heard much from him. Thanks to the Internet we recently connected, and even met up for lunch one day on our last trip to the US.

    So please welcome Michael Summers, military chaplain and man of prayer. Here’s his bio, already up on the Fellows page:

    Michael Summers is a prayer-promoter, student of the Word, loves Christ and his Church; has preached the gospel and run 10k races on three continents.

  • Randal 7:58 am on February 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    We had a great day, Vicki and I, at Tenn. Bible College’s lectureship, in Cookville TN, yesterday. Met our own Fellow Eugene A., from Keltonburg, and the brother Josh from Smithville who came with him. That was a great pleasure. But I forgot to get a pic of us together.

    And it was a pleasure to hear Weylan D. speak, and see his son Orrin again, who’s a student at TBC. Weylan always has thoughtful things to say, with practical applcations. He spoke on the topic, “Early Will I Seek Thee.” I believe I heard that audio will be posted on the TBC website at http://www.tn-biblecollege.edu/lectureship.html . We were blessed to hear two other fine lessons before lunch and our trip back to kids and grandkids.

    Funny note: I lost a button on my coat while there. Couldn’t find it before I left. But Orrin tells me they found it. I didn’t notice it was gone until it lost itself. The last time I wore that sports coat was in the USA months or years ago. No occasion and no weather for it in Brazil. That’s right, the congregations there don’t use coats and ties. Preachers, eat your hearts out. ;-)

    Tomorrow, it looks like The Maiden and I will catch a day or two of the lectures at Southeast Institute of Biblical Studies. See you there?

    • Stephen R. Bradd 8:37 pm on February 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      No coat or tie? Heathen! I suppose you don’t use the Authorized Version either? :)

  • Randal 10:32 am on July 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Bradds welcome A5: Asa Glenn 

    Stephen and Ranae welcomed their fifth boy into the world on Wednesday, Asa Glenn. We offer them our congratulations! In his Facebook posts, Stephen identifies his kids, whose names all start with “A,” as A1, A2, etc. So this one is A5. More for the kingdom!

    • Stephen R. Bradd 7:55 am on July 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for posting this Randal. Here’s a pic. Lots more on Facebook now.

      Mom & Asa are doing well. :)

    • J. Randal Matheny 7:56 am on July 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Wasn’t sure if Facebook links would come through or not. Thanks, and blessings on all!

      • Stephen R. Bradd 8:02 am on July 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        The normal page links won’t work (except for Facebook friends), but there is a link at the bottom for public use.

    • Mike Riley 4:24 pm on July 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations on another addition to your expanding family, brother Stephen! We are thankful that Asa Glenn will grow up in a God-directed home. May God richly bless you and your wife as you bring Asa Glenn up in the “nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).

  • TFRStaff 1:18 pm on April 25, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Welcome to Eugene Adkins as the newest TFR Fellow 

    He’s already become a regular, since we’ve not properly introduced him, but you may still welcome Eugene Adkins to TFR. Shortly, we hope to have his bio up on the Fellows page. Eugene does a great job on his blog, and we’ve been delighted with the great contributions he’s made already to TFR.

  • Randal 6:20 am on March 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    TFR grows, challenge to Fellows 

    Fellows Riverside Gardens

    Maybe a nice place to read TFR? Image via Wikipedia

    TFR is gaining ever more readers and subscribers to enjoy the mix of perspectives, viewpoints, insights, and fruits of labors that the Fellows share here regularly. This focused free-for-all is a favorite of many. (Yours, too, maybe? Say so below, if so.)

    • Let me challenge our Fellows, especially those who haven’t posted recently to make at least one post today or tomorrow. Saturdays and Sundays are, not unsurprisingly, our slowest days.

    • If you’re curious about who the Fellows are, here’s the roll call. We have only two pages on the site, the other is the About page, which, for convenience, includes the writing guidelines for the Fellows.

    • Who knows, we might have a new Fellow or two to show their faces before long. Wikileaks hasn’t got a whiff of this yet. And maybe you have a nomination to make, eh? But like candidates for president, the person must really want it. Not that one should be obsessed with it, that would be a bit much.

    • Have a great weekend. Take full advantage of that face-to-face fellowship which even TFR cannot substitute.

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  • Randal 12:43 pm on January 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Weylan in Bulletin Digest 

    Congrats to Weylan Deaver, who has an article published in Bulletin Digest, January’s issue, I think. I don’t have the copy with me at the moment. The article is “No Matter What … God Is Not Mad at You.”

    My print copy came in the mail, with December 2011’s issue, a couple of days ago.

  • Randal 11:40 am on January 11, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Welcome to ‘Old Cowboy’ Roy Coffman 

    Please welcome TFR’s newest Fellow, Roy Coffman, who will be sharing some old cowboy wisdom with us. He tired of Facebook (a common tendency these days), so we invited him to share his posts here.

    Roy is from Oklahoma, lives in Omaha, Nebr., and is a preacher with experience in broadcasting.

    We look forward to learning from Roy’s old cowboy experience and insight.

  • Randal 2:20 pm on June 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Welcome Richard Reinhardt Jr. 

    Friends, please welcome our newest Fellow on TFR, joined today, Richard Reinhardt Jr., who preaches with the Tent Chapel church in Blockton, Ia.

    Richard is a friend of Stephen and Ron’s and comes highly recommended.

    Richard says he began working with the Ten Chapel congregation “on May 1, 2011. Much of my time is presently spent working through the World Video Bible School lessons and furthering my education. I am single, but the Lord’s church provides the greatest family a person could ask for. I enjoy most outdoor activities, including walking, biking, and camping.”

    We look forward to Richard’s contributions and to interacting with him. Best I recall, I met Richard at the Southern Ill. Preacher’s Retreat a couple of years ago.

    Good, too, to have another American state represented, and a bellwether one at that, at least, for the presidential elections coming up. But we won’t require any political commentary from him.

    • Barbara Ann Oliver 3:11 pm on June 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome, Richard. I look forward to getting to know you better.

    • Chad Dollahite 3:51 pm on June 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome, brother! We look forward to hearing from you. I’ve been a bit behind lately (and VBS this week isn’t helping any!), but I always check in at TFR to see what’s going on with others. We’re glad you’re here!

    • Richard Mansel 8:52 pm on June 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome, Richard!

    • stevelucas 8:54 pm on June 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome to TFR, a great place to share your thoughts, to develop thoughts and to join the journey with others seeking a closer relationship with God. Hope you find the room both refreshing and uplifting!

    • Richard Hill 1:50 pm on June 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Well Richard, I’m Richard and of you’re familiar with our other brother, Richard. So now there’s Richard M, Richard H, and Richard R. The next Richard must follow the established pattern of a distinguishing last initial.

      And before I forget… Welcome!

    • Stephen R. Bradd 2:58 pm on June 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome aboard, Richard! There are some great brothers & sisters here. You’ll be right at home!

    • Don Ruhl 11:26 am on June 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome, Richard.

  • Randal 2:11 pm on April 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Richard Hill’s mother has died 

    Richard shared on Facebook that his mother passed away last night. She had not been well for some time. We send our sympathies to the family and commend them to the comfort of her faith and ours.

    • Richard Mansel 7:36 pm on April 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      We are so sorry for your loss, Richard. I lost my Mother in November and it was devastating. May you find comfort in this awful time. God Bless.

    • Mike Riley 10:24 pm on April 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      We are sorrowful to hear of the loss of your mother, Brother Richard. May the God of all comfort help you and your family realize that one day, we’ll experience a glorious reunion with our family and friends who have passed on before us.

      What a joy that will be!

  • Randal 3:25 pm on April 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Mike Riley’s father has died 

    Mike tells me that his father passed from this life in the early morning hours today (he was 89 years of age), so he won’t be online for about a week. He’s off to Childress, Tex., tomorrow morning (Tuesday) to be his with  other two brothers and assist them in the graveside service.

    He wrote, “My brother has requested me to do the eulogy, so I will prepare for that as well. I will appreciate any prayers that might be offered for my safe passage to and from Childress, Texas and for my two brothers.”
  • TFRStaff 5:11 pm on January 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Welcome Johnny Polk as newest Fellow 

    TFR's newest Fellow: Johnny Polk

    Please welcome John T. Polk II as our newest Fellow here on TFR. It’s a pleasure to have someone of Johnny’s experience with us. He and I met when we both were speakers at a preacher’s retreat in Ill. (Same place I met Stephen; on that same jaunt, I met Ron and stayed at his house — that trip was special in many ways.)

    Be sure to read his bio on the Fellows page.

    We’re looking forward to Johnny’s contributions. He’s already know to many of us, in his comments here on TFR and, as I recall, one article of his that we’ve posted here.

    • Larry Miles 5:13 pm on January 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome aboard Johnny. Talk to you soon and will see you and Ron and hopefully others at FHU

    • Tim Hester 5:18 pm on January 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Great choice. Johnny is a great friend, Christian, and preacher.

    • Mike Riley 5:57 pm on January 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome to TFR, Bro. Johnny. It will be good to get to know you better.

    • John Henson 6:08 pm on January 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome, Bro.Polk.

    • Barbara Ann Oliver 7:18 pm on January 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Good to have you with us, Johnny! Hope to see you at FHU.

    • Chad Dollahite 8:25 pm on January 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome, bro. Polk! Great to have you!

    • Ron 7:12 am on January 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      A distinguished man he is – though he roots for the wrong team – and a descendant of the president with the same name.

    • Stephen R. Bradd 10:27 am on January 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome Johnny!

    • Richard Mansel 4:35 pm on January 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome, John! You have joined an elite group of saints to do a great work. God Bless you in this new work.

  • TFRStaff 5:05 am on January 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Prayers for Richard M. 

    Richard goes this morning to the Pain Rehabilitation Center in Jacksonville, Fla. He’ll remain there during the week, and go home on weekends. This for about three weeks. He mentioned that their challenge is to help him with an undiagnosed problem. Let’s pray that this will indeed contribute to his improvement.

    • Mike Riley 3:38 pm on January 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, we are still praying for a solution to his undiagnosed problem.

    • Don Wood 6:56 am on January 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Richard, My thoughts and prayers are with you and I hope to hear good news soon. I can identify with your discomfort very much. Love you, Don & Family in India

  • Randal 3:18 am on October 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Jeff’s father passes away 

    We offer our condolences to our friend and good Fellow Jeff Jenkins on the death of his father Jerry. While sorrow is heavy, Jerry’s life and ministry serve as a wonderful witness to the power of God in a man and provide relief from the heavy grief at their loss.

    On the BNc site we’ve begun an obituary page that will be updated as we receive further information.

    • Paula Harrington 6:14 am on October 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’m so sorry to hear this.

    • Larry Miles 9:16 am on October 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I want to express my sympathy to the Jenkins family also. Up till late August I had not met any of them personally. While attending Polishing The Pulpit, I was blessed to be at worship services Sunday morning Aug. 29th at South Knoxville. Bro. Jerry was the Bible teacher that morning- His lesson was on on “Evangelism – You might be the Missing Link.” I was impresssed with his zeal for evangelism

      I also met dale Jenkins at PTP — and have kept up with Bro. Jerry’s progress/lack of for the last few weeks– What I saw was love personified for a father by his children. May the Lord be with them during this trying time.

    • Chad Dollahite 9:17 am on October 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’m reminded of the words of Shakespeare…

      His life was gentle; and the elements
      So mix’d in him that Nature might stand up
      And say to all the world ‘This was a man!’

      Father, help me to be as soul-conscious and to influence the world for good as do men like bro. Jerry Jenkins. In Jesus’ name, amen.

      What a great man! He truly will be missed. My mother is a Christian today because of the evangelistic zeal of Jerry Jenkins. Our prayers are with his family at this time.

  • Randal 11:04 am on October 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Carolyn Mansel, Richard’s mother, died today. He announced a few minutes ago on Facebook. Let’s pray for him and all his family.

    • J. Randal Matheny 11:08 am on October 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Richard’s mother-in-law just added an update that Richard and Deirdre are still on the road toward NW Alabama.

    • Ron 11:43 am on October 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I am terribly sorry at her passing.

    • Mike Riley 12:24 pm on October 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      We are saddened to hear of her passing, but we rejoice that she is now in that better place. Will pray for Richard and his family.

    • Tina Cutsinger 4:00 pm on October 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      We are sorry to hear that. They are in our prayers.

  • Randal 5:52 pm on October 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Pray for Richard M.’s mom, her health has taken a turn for the worse. Tonight or tomorrow Richard is headed to his parents’ city to be with them.

    • Mike Riley 6:55 pm on October 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      We have and we still will continue to pray for Richard’s mother; that the Lord will be with the medical personnel ministering to her, and that they will provide the exact treatment necessary for her recovery.

  • Randal 6:36 am on October 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Welcome Steve, our newest Fellow 

    Please give a warm welcome to Steve Lucas of Chandler OK as our newest Fellow on TFR.

    Steve and I were at FHU together, though we didn’t know each other well. I remember Steve as a chipper, smiley sort of guy. Always upbeat. And he still is. I’m sure I didn’t make an impression on him in college since I’m a mousy, milquetoast character.

    Steve is an elder in the Chandler church, and on a visit there a few months back Vicki and I were very impressed with that congregation, a warmth and life there so evident and infectious and inviting, that we’re sure the Lord is going to do great things in and through them.

    Since I’ve known Steve over the past months, he’s become an inspiration to me, and he’ll certainly add much to TFR, as he’s already done through his frequent comments.

    Before long, his bio should be posted on the Fellows page. Keep an eye out for it.

  • Randal 4:44 pm on May 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    I’m alive 

    Contrary to rumor, I am actually alive and kicking. My kick may not be as strong, but still there. Arrived US last Wed., spoke that night to congregation where my sister worships, Thursday to missionary retreat, where I spoke on Friday, then Saturday to Shoals Area Mission Forum, speaking again (photo, right, by Sandra Moore), Sunday morning at Iuka church where I talked to elders, lunch with mother-in-law, then spoke Sunday night at Acton church in Michie TN.

    Saw my boys yesterday for a bit, then back to Paragould today to my parents’, which serves for the moment as base of operations. Had a full nights’ sleep last night first time in over a week, really needed that.

    I’m resting today and trying to figure out where to go from here. Pray some doors will open up. So far, not much.

    Thanks, Richard for doing that Nudge. Shame on everybody for getting quiet in my absence. Keep at it! People are reading and want to be encouraged and inspired. You’re good at that. I know y’all.

    • Mike Riley 6:17 pm on May 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Randal, just a suggestion: Why don’t you contact a member of the faculty at the Memphis School of Preaching http://www.msop.org/faculty.php, and see what folks they could generate for you to contact. All of the faculty are not only mission minded, they have been on missionary efforts themselves, so they can be sympathetic to your efforts of gaining financial support.

      • J. Randal Matheny 1:41 am on May 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Mike, I don’t really know anybody there, but it would be worth a shot.

        • Mike Riley 2:22 pm on May 19, 2010 Permalink

          I totally believe in networking, and I would think that the faculty at the Memphis School of Preaching would already have a network in place, because they find financial sources to help their students who attend there. They’ve also just recently built and completed some student apartments on campus that cost a lot of money to construct, but they’ve just about paid those construction costs off, so they know a little about where to find financial resources: http://www.msop.org/publications/housing.pdf

  • Randal 8:48 pm on May 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Laura’s son in ER 

    I should mention that Laura’s son is in ER at the moment, with headache, disoriented, mild abrasions, extremely sleepiness, evidently from a sleeper hold put on him by another student. She said the school is investigating.

    • Richard Mansel 8:57 pm on May 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      That is terrible. Sounds like a criminal charge will be considered.

    • Laura 9:17 pm on May 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the concerns guys. We are home now. Doc thinks he is fine. We’ve been given a list of things to watch for, which we are. It’s the weekend so nothing will get done. Monday morning they will begin the investigation.

      • Mike Riley 11:37 pm on May 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Laura, it’s sad that we live in a society full of bullies, hoodlums, thieves, and crooks, but that’s what we live in. We pray that your son doesn’t suffer any after effects from the sleeper hold.

    • Tina 11:55 pm on May 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I am really sorry to hear this. I will keep him in my prayers as welll as Laura and the rest of her family.

    • Richard Hill 12:16 am on May 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Laura, sorry to hear about your son. I’m grateful the Dr thinks he’s o.k. We’ll be praying for a full recovery.

    • Tim Hester 1:07 am on May 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Laura – glad to hear he was sent home. Praying he is alright.

  • Randal 11:36 pm on February 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Welcome Paula as newest Fellow 

    Paula Harrington is a columnist at Forthright Magazine.

    She says she works full-time at the local elementary school and loves teaching the kindergarten Bible class.

    Seems I recall her family is in involved in a drive-in theater, you know, the old timey kind where you drive in your car to see a movie?

    “I have a blog that I can’t keep updated,” she wrote. “My husband said, ‘Tell them you love to eat but you can’t cook.'”

    We’ve offered them marital counseling.

    • Don Ruhl 12:09 am on February 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome, Paula. As with all the fellows, it is nice to see a face for the names that I see so often.

      Don Ruhl

    • Glenda Williams 12:51 am on February 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome Paula. This is one super site. It is great to have you join the team.

    • Ron 11:55 am on February 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Paula, Welcome from east central Illinois.

    • Weylan Deaver 12:53 pm on February 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Paula!

    • jimnewy 9:24 pm on February 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome, Paula. Sounds like you have a sense of humor. Is your husband ok. You didn’t disable him did you?

  • Randal 5:44 pm on February 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Child’s understanding 

    Maybe this was what Jesus meant by becoming like a child, reckon?

    Yesterday at Mass, my eight-year-old said, “Wow, I didn’t know it was ‘thanks be to God.’ I always thought it was ‘Thanks, speedy God.’”

    I think the child was right as per Luke 18:8, about prayer: “I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. ” Check out the other child’s hearing on Jay’s NR post.

    Oh, we’ve got scads of new bio lines for the Fellows on their page.

  • Randal 5:30 pm on February 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Fellows count 

    If I counted right, and that is a big “if,” here is where our Fellows hail from: Alabama (2), Georgia, Illinois (3), Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee (2), Texas (4), Utah, Virginia. Countries represented include Brazil, Paraguay and Tanzania.

    We have a good spread. I’d like to see more international emphasis. But we’re moving that way.

    • Don Ruhl 5:33 pm on February 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      This may be obvious, but the United States would have to be included also, although you listed some states.

      • Randal Matheny 6:16 pm on February 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        With the heavy representation from the U.S., I took it as a given when listing the countries.

  • Randal 3:03 pm on February 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Please welcome David 

    Friends, please welcome David Kenney, from Bedford, Ohio, as our newest Fellow. David loves restoration history and books which he blogs about at Bully Pulpit.

    David and his wife are graduates of FHU.

    He has an MBA from Kent State University.

    David likes rock and roll and Calvin and Hobbes.

    His posts are located here.

    • Mike Riley 3:50 pm on February 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome to TFR, David! You’ll find some pretty friendly folks here, and you’ll probably learn something from them that you didn’t know before, I know I have.

      Don’t know much about Calvin and Hobbes, but grew up on rock and roll, the Beatles, and James Taylor.

      • David R. Kenney 12:27 am on February 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you Mike,

        I look forward to the fellowship of sharing and learning here. I am always interested in learning and remembering the things I used to know.

        Calvin & Hobbes is a treasure you must indulge. I sort of envy you in not knowing what is in store for your reading pleasure; however, I still immensely enjoy the comic strip each time I read. You can sign up for a free daily dose of C & H delivered right to your email http://www.gocomics.com/. I highly recommend!

        Love the Beatles, Elvis and others of a harder variety–Led Zeppelin and others who pay tribute to great blues music. I respect James Taylor but do not listen to much of his music. He did perform at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival. You can buy DVD of that probably at WalMart or Best Buy. Plus you can probably catch it on YouTube. I also enjoy the classics–Beethoven, Dvorak, Mozart, et. al. I even indulge in some old country–Hank William, SR; Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Kitty Wells and others.

        Enough of that for now…I don’t want to be disfellowshipped, HA!

    • jimnewy 4:16 pm on February 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome David to TFR. I look forward to some of your input. Glad to see the face behind the Bully Pulpit. I’m not a constant reader, but have read some of your writings. So, you like rock-n-roll. So do I if it’s before the 90’s. I began to loose interest in the music from there to the present. Southern Rock is what I gravitate to.

      • David R. Kenney 12:31 am on February 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Jim, thanks for writing and I likewise look forward to many exchanges. Hope I am up to the level. Glad to meet a reader of the Bully Pulpit. Hope the face doesn’t scare you. I thought they stopped making good music in the 1980s, but some of the bands of that era still squeak out some music I enjoy. Southern Rock…that would be the Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, Blackfoot, etc.? Interesting. Looking forward to the conversation! Thanks again.

    • Don Ruhl 4:44 pm on February 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome, David!

  • Randal 12:40 pm on February 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Welcome to Joy … and Don 

    First, Don. I don’t think we actually gave Don a proper welcome, and maybe some others. Don got hooked into TFR back in December, I think, so it’s good to see him posting now. Don’s up in the cold, wet northwest of the U.S. We plugged some of his writings earlier. Pop his last name “Ruhl” into the search and you’ll see it.

    We’re getting Joy Jensen plugged into the TFR system today. She’s consented to become another Fellow from her perch in Arusha, Tanzania, where she and her family have worked with the church since 2007. Glad to have her sharing her perspective.

    Please welcome, then, both Don and Joy.

    • Ron 12:44 pm on February 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome to both Don and Joy. Having known Don for years, I have a partiality to him. I am sure if the opportunity was mine. I would very much enjoy the interaction with Joy and her family.

      Welcome to both of you.

    • Mike Riley 1:55 pm on February 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Don and Joy – Welcome to TFR! We look forward to your wisdom and input!

    • Don Ruhl 2:42 pm on February 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you, Ron and Mike. Mike, we have never met that I know of, but, Ron, you and I have known each other since May 1990 at the Jerome, Idaho lectureship. I appreciate our friendship over the years. Keep up the good work.

      • Mike Riley 1:48 am on February 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Don, my family have lived in El Paso for 20 years. I worked for El Paso Natural Gas for 18 years, being laid off in 1996 along with over 500 other folks. I now work as a substitute for the library system in the El Paso school district. Grew up in the Lubbock, Texas area.

    • John Henson 4:38 pm on February 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome, Joy! We’ve been working together at bibletruthforums.com and she’s the absolute best! Just like her dad and prettier, too!

    • Weylan Deaver 4:32 pm on February 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome, Joy–remember, you and George stayed with us several years ago when y’all were looking at a church in central Texas, before you went to Africa. We’re in north Texas now, but I met your father for the first time last summer when we attended Polishing the Pulpit. I appreciate that he has always been quick to help whenever I’ve emailed him a Bible question.

      And, Don, I think we have still never met, though I have known your name for many years. My wife is from Portland (Oregon) originally, but we seldom make it to that part of the country. Good to see you here.

  • Randal 5:46 pm on February 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Fellows at FHU 

    In case you don’t recognize them, here are Richard Mansel and Ron Thomas at the Forthright Press book exhibit. Barbara must be taking the photo.

    On the Forthright Press site, more pics, of Barbara with Stan Mitchell, a Forthright Magazine columnist, and with Ron.

    • Larry Miles 5:59 pm on February 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      that’s a great pic!

    • sbradd 7:22 pm on February 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Glad you’re having a good time, Ron. Try to get to more than 2 lectures today! :)
      I know it will be a burden, but just remember Phil. 4:13. LOL.
      See you Monday in Effingham.

  • Randal 4:55 pm on February 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Ed, Barbara, and more 

    • Seems a formal welcome is in order for Ed Boggess (@heb12347), who’s now posting the text to his Just-A-Minute radio spots. Welcome, Ed! So glad to have you adding your encouraging spots here.

    • Here’s a pic of Barbara Ann at the FHU Lectureship, manning (womanning?) Forthright Press’ book booth in the exhibit area. Now, where’s Richard? And Ron, and Mike, and …

    • My personal site has suffered since I’ve dismembered much of what I do there, lots of it now here, and much of the missions info is going to the Gospel Progress Mission Group. So be it, a bit of sacrifice for the greater good.

    • Ron’s @etsop95 absorbing the lectures, but Larry @jlmiles1952 is working. He just launched the new Highway church site where Ron works. Good stuff there, on a sharp, clean spot. Congrats to Ron and Larry!

    • Laura @ltinnel gives as well as she takes, but I’ve been ribbing her a lot today, both here and on FB, so I’ll give her a rest for the remainder. But there’s always tomorrow!

    • You’ve noticed I’ve used usernames with the @ sign. These are called mentions. I’m still figuring out all their uses. I hope they don’t cause your eye to stumble.

    • Thinking of a good post for my neglected personal site. Maybe time for a poem? You’re glad I’ve spared you here from posting those, I know. Don’t have to tell me.

    • Daniel Haynes 5:04 pm on February 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Post away, brother!

    • Laura 5:05 pm on February 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Bring it on, Randal. I can take it as long as YOU can. LOL

      • Randal Matheny 5:06 pm on February 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I need to recharge, feel a nap coming on. Only one remedy for that: succumb!

        • Daniel Haynes 5:14 pm on February 9, 2010 Permalink

          You do know that Sunday is the only scriptural day to take a nap, right?

        • Randal Matheny 6:58 pm on February 9, 2010 Permalink

          I must say I have some good examples in my family, but since we leave on Sundays at 3 p.m. for Taubate, I often miss that first-day observance. Reckon the Lord will forgive me that fault?

        • Daniel Haynes 7:40 pm on February 9, 2010 Permalink

          I suppose. But it breaks my heart to see you stepping around the tradition of the elders. ;-)

        • Randal Matheny 7:41 pm on February 9, 2010 Permalink

          Well, you know how it is, sometimes we have to break the Sabbath to pull the ox out of the ditch.

    • Ron 12:57 am on February 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, Randal, for the mention of our website. Terry Standerfer tends to our web site (he does a good job), and he works with Larry. Both of them do the Lord’s work (IMHO).

      • Larry Miles 3:00 am on February 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Ron–thanks for the kind words of encouragement for Terry and myself. We appreciate you and the good Biblical material you produce. But as I’m sure you will agree; it’s the Lord that get’s the praise for allowing all of us to use our talents to further His work in reaching the lost and strengthening the saved.

  • Randal 6:00 pm on February 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    To Fellows: posts, pages, temps 

    This is a housekeeping post, so readers can skip it, if you want; or read it, if you’re interested in backstage stuff. (“Backstage” is not quite the right word, but I can’t remember the English term for “bastidores” just now, and my dictionary is at the office.)

    • I’ve updated the About page, have a good read with the extra items, especially toward the end. Not correcting just anybody, this is called prevention.
    • Anybody want to take on the Monday-Friday readers’ news open-thread post? Not much needed, except a bit of creativity to say the same thing over a thousand different ways. There. Have I frightened you? No need to be afraid. You can do it from your username, no need to be “TFRStaff,” unless that sends a tingle up your leg.
    • If, as a Fellow, you’ve not suggested a Good Work yet to be included in the list in the lower right column, please send me your submission for that area. You should have my email by now.
    • I’ve created a page called “Fellows” featuring each Fellow who has at least three posts and has posted since the new year. (It’s nice to be able to make up rules.) If you are such a lucky soul, send to my email (any of them) a one-liner about yourself and the link (just one, thank you) to your blog or website.
    • Just for fun: I’m sweating in 90+º weather. I could use some of your snow. You probably want my temps. Let’s trade …
    • Ron 6:08 pm on February 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Tingle up the leg, huh? Sounds interesting……I guess.

    • Larry Miles 6:22 pm on February 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, it is “interesting.” I guess.

  • Randal 5:11 pm on February 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Please Welcome Larry and Stephen 

    I have caused a great imbalance in the planet! Ron and Richard are from Ill., and now we want to welcome Larry and Stephen, from the great state of Lincoln. Richard I’ve known since Grand Canyon days (ask him), the others more recently, but appreciate them all. Guys, looking forward to your contributions. (I’m still getting them plugged in; ought to happen today.)

    UPDATE: Correction! We are saved! Larry is in Louisville, Ky. My mistake, and apologies!

  • Randal 12:04 pm on January 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Weekend cookout 

    On weekends in Brazil people often have cookouts, with meat on skewers, from which they’ll whack off morsels and pass around. This goes on for hours, munching on sausages, chicken wings and hearts, various cuts of beef. Here are a few pieces of choice morsels for you to chew on this weekend.

    • Glenda mentioned a graphic to help on public prayer. It’s now attached to her post on that subject. Nicely done, Glenda! Tasty!
    • As I geared up this morning, I was looking forward to seeing Ron’s practical outline on Mark pop up. Then I remembered: today is Saturday, no reading or outline from our schedule this day.
    • The Recent Comments segment seems to be behaving well. I’ll probably move it up in the right column later today.
    • I’m pondering how to make a list of the Fellows so visitors can know who’s who, and provide their works or websites with some exposure. Probably by creating a new page. For that, I’ll need bios of the Fellows. But we’ll work on that next week. Some sort of break-off point to include the active ones and let the inactives langour in a vacuum. Reckon they’ll feel upbraided and start posting again? (More …)
  • Randal 7:02 pm on January 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    We’re glad to have John Henson as our newest Fellow. I’ve been impressed with John’s comments on Facebook and on the site here. John, as I recall, is probably under a ton of snow in his location. We just hope he’s not snowed under.

    • Richard Mansel 7:04 pm on January 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome, John.

    • jdh2010 7:06 pm on January 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you, brother. From what I’ve been told, the 20 inches of white stuff on the ground is lighter than usual this year. I’m honored to be with this effort.

    • Ron 7:08 pm on January 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      WElcome, John!

    • jdh2010 1:56 am on January 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you, Ron. I’m still learning how to get around. Sorry about the tardiness of my reply.

  • Randal 6:07 pm on December 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Please Welcome Glenda 

    TFR gains another Fellow today (could Fella be the feminine form?). Glenda Williams, whose name we’re all familiar with by now, after her reading schedule and Bible chart sheet, besides my link to her background story on her blog, has graciously consented to join us as a poster. I only know her through the Internet. And we’ve been in contact for perhaps a year, maybe a bit more. But that’s enough to know what a warm and generous spirit she is. She’ll bring many a Christian grace to the site here. Please say a welcome to Glenda.

    Oh, and for those Fellows who I didn’t actually welcome but just threw them out there into TFR, my apologies. We were still in the start-up stage and the rush was on the getting things going. I should have done by you better.

    • Ron 6:14 pm on December 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Glenda, WELCOME! You will add, in a great sort of way, to the list of the many wise contributers (less one). As Randal was merciful to me in his invite (and allowing me to contribute), he has made a great contribution to all of us with your presence! God bless!

    • glendawilliams 6:18 pm on December 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you Randal, for your kind comments. I was thinking the other day that we may never meet this side of Heaven, but I consider you a close friend and thank you for all your encouragement. Bear with me as I stumble through a new avenue of sharing those things that pull at my heartstrings.

      • Mike Riley 6:28 pm on December 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Glenda, Welcome to The Fellowship Room! We are indeed appreciative of a “woman’s touch” in the Room, and look forward to your posts.

    • jimnewy 12:07 am on December 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome Glenda. It’s a pleasure to internet meet you. I guess that’s a way to put it as we are not face to face. I look forward to some tidbits from your heart. I shared one of you blog post with my wife when I went to your website as I thought she might be interested it. She like reading a lot o different items, being an asst. librarian. We both thought the sheet chart was fantastic.

  • Randal 9:50 pm on December 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Where did everyone go today? My office has been without Internet for two days, that’s my excuse …

    • Richard Mansel 9:52 pm on December 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Extraordinarily busy.

    • Mike Riley 10:26 pm on December 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Had to go take my wife to see two doctors for a routine checkup – spent most of the day in a doctor’s office – lot’s of fun! (:

    • jimnewy 1:17 am on December 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Went to work.

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