R. L. Whiteside's Writings
It will be a matter of general gratification on the part of our friends to know that R. L. Whiteside will be a staff member of the Bible Banner, and that his writings will appear in its pages regularly along with the writings of Cled Wallace and a number of other men whose pens are followed with eagerness and assiduity by thousands of brethren.
For a number of years Brother Whiteside has been a writer for the Gospel Advocate, and has prepared their Annual Lesson Commentary, though his name has not appeared on the publication. It nevertheless has been his work. Brother Whiteside will not prepare the Commentary for the Advocate in the future—but his friends desire that he continue to write these lesson commentaries. Brother C. R. Nichol has suggested that arrangements be made through the Bible Banner for this valuable Lesson Commentary to be published and offered to the teachers and adult classes in the churches. We believe that this can be done and other announcements may be forthcoming.
Nearest to Brother Whiteside's heart, perhaps, is his desire to have his Commentary On Romans completed and published. The last word we had from him on this point was that he is now engaged in writing the thirteenth chapter of Romans. When this work is finished, it will be one of the finest commentaries on the Roman letter ever to be published. I personally do not hesitate to say that R. L. Whiteside ranks with J. W. McGarvey in Bible scholarship and he is the peer of all living commentators. He is preeminently a commentator. Not to make his work available on the important epistle of Romans would be a tragedy. The Bible Banner hopes, with the aid of some of Brother Whiteside's closest friends, to bring out this work as soon as he has completed it. The Bible Banner feels it a high honor to assist in putting it before the brethren. We believe that enough advance orders, when definite announcements are made, from preachers, teachers, and all students of the Bible among us, can be secured to pay the initial cost of publication.
Meanwhile readers of the Bible Banner will be delighted to see Brother Whiteside's articles in this publication. We consider it an honor extraordinary to have him with us.-F. E. W. Jr.