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EXCLUSIVE: The Sword launches to provide Christian news, features

The Sword - Birmingham, Alabama

Marie SuttonA new Christian online magazine, The Sword, made its debut last week. Marie Sutton, a freelance writer and public relations consultant, is behind the publication.

She discussed her new venture with us by e-mail.

MOB: How long has the Sword been in the works? Why online? Will there be a print version?

Sutton: Actually, I left the Birmingham News to start the print version in 2003. It was a glossy mag and was well received, but I had to put it to bed after running out of money. I tell people, “I had the vision, but not the provision.”

I have been wanting to bring the book back and found the web would be more cost-effective. I do ultimately plan a print version, but it won’t be for at least a year.

MOB: What is the mission of the publication?

Sutton: The mission is to inform, instruct and inspire Birmingham’s Body of Christ. Our goal is to be the source for Birmingham’s Christian news and views.

MOB: Why did you decide to launch it?

Sutton: I decided to launch it because I feel there is a hole when it comes to Christian news and views. There is not one central source for calendar items, stories, etc. about Birmingham’s Body of Christ.

Also, I have a passion for sharing stories that will inspire but also rebuke, if necessary, my fellow believers so that we can be everything God wants us to be.

Video: Marie Sutton introduces The Sword.

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EXCLUSIVE: 4Love Magazine to launch in September

Birmingham photographer (and former Post-Herald shooter) Karim Shamsi-Basha has launched a Christian publication, 4Love Magazine.

4love magazine preview coverThe print and online publication features three former Coastal Living editors on the masthead.

A preview issue is available on the magazine’s Web site, 4lovemag.com.

The launch party takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Folk Art Gallery, located in the Young and Vann Building, 1731 First Ave. N. [map].

Scheduled to attend is magazine advisory board member Samir Husni, a magazine consultant known as Mr. Magazine. Husni will talk about “why Birmingham continues to lead in an industry rocked by the economic meltdown.”

Update: The actual bimonthly magazine launches in September 2010. (Note: We’ve changed the post title to reflect this update.)

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