The Reformation

…the idea of a universal education of the human race, accomplished by Jesus Christ, has become the historian's compass, the clue to history, and the hope of the nations. J. H. Merle d'Aubigné

Writers’ Guidelines

typewriter-801921_640.jpgThank you for considering becoming a contributor to this blog. I welcome writers of all ages to get involved in letting the world know that we value what the Reformation accomplished for Christ’s church 500 years ago. Let’s tell the world that we are determined to fight the spiritual amnesia that has blurred our memory regarding these things.

Please pray for God’s guidance as you plan and write your articles. Without Him, we can do nothing. To Him be all the glory!

Compensation

Since this is not a money-making project, I cannot pay for articles. God will repay you richly!

Purpose

The purpose of this blog is to:

  • provide a Biblical understanding of the character of God,
  • educate people about what the Reformation accomplished,
  • explain why these things are important to us today,
  • show readers that the freedoms won by the Reformers have been whittled away over the last 500 years, and
  • demonstrate that what remains of the Reformation is being attacked and destroyed with vigour before our very eyes in this generation.

I encourage you to research points of the Reformation that are of interest to you and then share what you have learned in a way that meets the purposes of this blog.

Audience

Please aim for a Grade 5 – 8 reading level. The Reformation is full of complex issues, but please do your best to simplify explanations so that readers who have little knowledge of the topic will quickly grasp the importance of what you’re trying to say.

Editing

Please expect your submissions to be edited. I will do my best to respect your voice and message, but may make some changes. To minimize the need for editing on my end, please keep these points in mind:

  • Follow an outline. Sketch out an outline that you can use to develop your storyline and so that you know where you’re going. Remove digressions that carry the reader away from your goal.
  • Show, don’t tell. Rather than using flowery descriptions which tend to make an article wordy, paint a word picture that would lead the reader to draw a natural conclusion. For example, rather than saying, “The legate lost his temper,” you could show that by describing what he did: “The legate turned red in the face. He slammed the book on the table and stormed out of the room.”
  • Avoid passive tense and “had.” Example of passive: “The document was handed to Luther.” Better: “Melanchthon handed the document to Luther.”

Bible Verse

When you write, please include at least one Bible verse that’s relevant to your post. Work texts into your content or let them stand alone at the beginning or end as a focal point for the content. If the verse is stand-alone, use italic font and centre.

Word Count

Aim to stay between 400 – 800 words. Keep in mind that attention span is an issue for many readers. People are more likely to finish reading a shorter article than a longer one.

Style

  • Font: Calibri 11
  • Shape: Try to shape the writing in the form of an F. This breaks up solid-looking text into more manageable, bite-sized pieces, helping readers to commit to reading the whole thing. I’ve tried to “f the text” of these guidelines as an example.
  • Sub-titles: Add meaningful, not abstract, sub-titles in bold.
  • Lists of more than two items should be bulleted.

Needs

Although the Reformation – and more significantly for us, its death – is a serious topic, let’s try to present the information in fun, engaging ways. Arranging text visually and using novel ways to communicate the information can help accomplish this “fun factor.” To this end, these are the kinds of articles I’m especially interested in posting:

  • Lists – for example, Top Ten Reasons Why the Reformation is Important to Us Today, 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Martin Luther, The 5 Solas, etc.
  • Quizzes – should be 8-15 items long.
  • Timelines – don’t limit yourself to horizontal timelines. Vertical ones are easier to set up and accomplish the same thing – a quick and easy way to scan over a set of consecutive events.
  • Quotes – for instance, an important Reformation event could be expressed simply by sharing 2-4 quotes from the principle players.
  • Table or chart comparing two sides of an issue – for example, a comparison of doctrines Reformers held in common with those held by the Roman Catholic Church, or a before and after comparison centred around a significant event.
  • Humanizing stories about the Reformers – but please avoid stories that put the Reformers in a bad light, but also avoid making them sound like infallible saints.

Other Ways to Help

There are many ways you can help inform people about the Reformation, aside from submitting articles. Here are some ideas:

  • Pray that God will waken an interest in people to desire the truth.
  • Pray for the contributors.
  • Promote – share this blog on social media, follow the blog, invite friends to help with the project, add comments to other’s posts, etc.

Reach Out

Please don’t hesitate to contact me for clarification or with any questions or comments you may have. I value your feedback.

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen (Ephesians 3: 20, 21).

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