Writer Content Guide Lines

We welcome guest writers on our blog. If you’ve been reading our “Feature Articles” for some time, you’ll have some idea of the diversity of subjects we cover. Subject matter should be of interest to leaders (such as Sabbath School teachers) as well as to church members.

Guest articles should generally not exceed 2000 words, and keeping the article under 1500 words is usually better.

We trust that writers will take time to review our Philosophy and Vision statements.

Note particularly this section from the Vision statement:

Through our articles, discussion and other means, we intend to foster the development of spiritual maturity that will not fail during the trials of the last days. To this end, we trust that our articles and the ensuing discussion will help our readers and contributors to –

  • have a right conception of His character, government, and purposes,
  • fortify their minds with the truths of the Bible
  • settle into the truth, both intellectually and spiritually, so they cannot be move
  • overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony

Our vision allows for the discussion of controversial matters in an atmosphere of respect. After all, an unexamined faith is not likely to stand up under fire.

Some specific content guide lines:

  1. Ellen White is assumed to be a messenger of the Lord, and her status is not up for discussion. However, just what that means may certainly be discussed.
  2. Ellen White is not to be used as an authority in a proof-text manner. She herself counseled against it.
  3. As a general rule, please avoid holding up living individuals as examples of virtue or of vice. People change, and any statements made regarding them may come back to bite the writer and us as publishers. Furthermore, our judgments are bound to be wrong much of the time because we cannot read hearts.
  4. Do not identify individuals by name or by title to criticize what they say or do or the views they hold.
  5. It is perfectly all right to contrast certain behaviors with how followers of Christ ought to behave. If readers apply this as a criticism of themselves or others, that is their choice.
  6. Generally it is better to promote the truth than to criticize error, but sometimes error needs to be clearly pointed out — no matter who promotes it. It is possible to do this without identifying individuals who hold erroneous views.

Please also review our Posting Style Guide Lines and Publication Policy.


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