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.
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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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Carolyn Mansel, Richard’s mother, died today. He announced a few minutes ago on Facebook. Let’s pray for him and all his family.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
• 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.
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 …
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!
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 …)
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.
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.
Where did everyone go today? My office has been without Internet for two days, that’s my excuse …