Want to be a more pithy and profound writer? J.C. Ryle used what he calls a crucified-style in his sermons and in his writing. Write like the punchy J.C. Ryle.Read More
Not too long ago, the 9th edition of our best friend, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, otherwise known as Turabian, came out. And with the new edition comes a few changes that you should be aware of as you write your properly formatted papers.
“Ibid.” is Now Discouraged
Turabian 8th ed. encouraged academic writers to use “Ibid.” for subsequent references to the same source. Your footnote would have looked like this:Read More
Have you ever had a Writing Expert, professor, or grader comment on your improper format of Bible citations? Has your writing been critiqued for not indicating which Bible translation you are quoting from?
Knowing how to incorporate the Bible into your papers can be tricky! When do you say “1 Cor 13” or “1 Corinthians 13” or “First Corinthians 13”? Where, how, and how often do you need to indicate what English translation you are using? What do you do when you want the reader to compare the passage you are quoting to other related passages?Read More
Are you looking for a powerful way to improve your writing, a single easy adjustment that can add clarity to your argument and an overall sense of organization to your paper?
Writing has a lot of different elements, but one that controls a vast amount of others is the topic sentence. The very process of constructing good topic sentences forces us to think, with a razor-sharp focus, about exactly what unifies the points we want to make in a paragraph and how that squares with the rest of the paper.Read More
Want to be a better writer? J.I. Packer used short and long sentence to make his writing stronger. Write like the prolific J.I. Packer.Read More
Have you ever received a paper with the comment “frag” or “sentence frag” in the margins? Often, sentence fragments just need a complete predicate in order become a complete sentence. In some cases, you simply need to add a main verb to relieve your fragmentary woes. Check out some examples laid out by Michael Woodall.Read More
As the semester has begun, many SBTS and Boyce students are writing Book Reviews. Here's an example of Book Review, scripted by Marcus Leman, Ph.D. The title, "Air, Light, Space, and Time: How Successful Academics Write" by Helen Sword, in which he reviews how academic go about the process of writing successfully.Read More
A few weeks ago, the Logos Academic Blog featured and interview with Dr. Craig Keener of Asbury Theological Seminary about his writing process. Well, this past week, the Zondervan Academic Blog released a video interview with him that was a bit wider in its scope. You can watch the video here. In order to watch it, you will be required to give them your email address.
I won't spoil the video for you, but a couple of things stuck out to me (Joseph Habib) that I would critique and would love to hear others' thoughts on.Read More
Did the title catch you off guard? Yes, today we are talking about one word—"as;" if I only had a penny. . . .Read More
Of course there is beauty in truth! Can we ever separate God’s beauty from His truth? No, for they are inherently bound up in each other. Might we separate the truth and beauty of His Word?Read More
There exists a stark difference between what you are trying to communicate and the actual words you use to this end. Pay attention the next time you read a book or article. Chances are, somewhere, a cogent engaging thought will be diffused by hasty wording.Read More
Many times, I receive a draft form with some sort of instructions to aid in cutting the paper down. Many times still, the student notifies me that they have exhaustively and repeatedly scanned their document, looking for those dispensable components.Read More