by Johnathan Arnold, General Editor
For a summary of house style, read A Guide for Guest Writers. This guide further delineates our preferences to be used as a reference for editors and regular contributors.
The God's Missionary Church blog strives to maintain a style which is academically excellent but, whenever appropriate, warm and conversational in tone.
Resource list. If sources were consulted by the author, a resource list should appear at the bottom of his or her article. Footnotes should not be used.
Consulted sources, not quoted. All heavily consulted sources should be included in the resource list, even if they were not directly quoted.
Direct quotes. Direct quotes should include a source, even if they are well-known. When a quote is introduced, it should be clear which source in the resource list that it came from.
Article text: "In John Doe's article for Christianity Magazine, Mr. Doe quoted Jane Doe as saying, 'God's power comes with the gospel to change lives.'"
Resources: Doe, John. "The Power of the Gospel." Christianity Magazine.
URL addresses. URLs should be hyperlinked at the time of publication. For books, the title of the book should be hyperlinked. For online articles, the title of the article should be hyperlinked (see above).
Bold font. Bold font should be reserved for sub-points which come at the beginning of body paragraphs in the form of words, phrases, or sentences.
Italics. Italics should be used to draw attention to key words. When italics appear within in quotes, emphasis should be noted as "added" or "original."
John Wesley famously said, "The world is my parish" (emphasis added).
Short paragraphs (no more than eight lines) are preferred.
One empty line is used between paragraphs. No indenting.
Before using an image in the article header, copyright information should be considered. To avoid copyright infringement, use free stock photo sites with nonexclusive licenses such as Unsplash, Pexels, and StockSnap.io.
A small picture and short bio (50 words or less) should be included at the end of blog posts, unless the author prefers to omit the picture and bio.
"John Doe is a husband, father, musician, and pastor of the Living Waters Church in Cincinnati, OH. He holds an MDiv from Wesleyan College. You can connect with him on Twitter @pastordoe and at johndoe.com."
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