Over the past several decades, I have taught a number of writing classes. I thought you might like to meet some of my students. Some were outstanding because of their talents, but I remember most of them best for other reasons . . . .
Evangelism was a very important part of the work of the early church. Christians went everywhere telling the good news. But as we read Acts and the epistles we can see that the work of evangelism gradually changed. This essay suggests making evangelism a church calling as well as a personal one.
Some reading material has a way of holding my attention and reading it is a pleasure. Even doctrinal articles are occasionally written this way. Some reading material is boring and the writer rambles on and on. That type of reading is drudgery. What makes the difference?
The person who writes for a Conservative Mennonite publisher faces one extremely important question. How can I make my story leave a proper Christian witness, give it a Scriptural flavor, and have it turn out “right” while still keeping it realistic?
You are 16… or 18… You love to write. You have kept a journal or a diary for years. You have pen pals in a dozen states and three provinces. You have a collection of books about writing prominently displayed on your bookshelf. You attend every writer’s workshop that comes along. You love words.
Throughout history, many believers have confused the eternal City of God with human and religious conterfeits. Believers who would truly build the church need an allegiance to the authentic "City of God."
The problem with extremism is as old as man. Ecclesiastes 7:16 - 18 (paraphrased) says this: Do not be overly-righteous or overly-wise. Why should you destroy yourself? Do not be overly-wicked or foolish. Why should you die before your time? It is good to recognize and avoid all of these extremes.
Most writers are prodigious readers. They love words, whether they are reading them or writing them. In fact, I don’t think I have ever met a writer who did not like to read. That would be a little like having a cook who did not enjoy eating, or an artist who did not enjoy pictures!
As a Christian writer you must learn to think logically, so that you can interpret both the Bible, and life in general, logically. You need to do this so that you can help your readers to come to logical conclusions when they read your stories and articles.