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When In Doubt – Pick Up Strunk and White

Strunk and White’s “Elements of Style” (William Strunk Jr. and later revised by E.B. White) is a timeless guide to effective writing, emphasizing clarity, conciseness, and style. If you want help writing with Clarity and Simplicity, there is nothing better. Here’s a summary of key principles: Clarity and Simplicity:Use clear and straightforward language.Eliminate unnecessary words…

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Writing for machine translation

Writing for machine translation involves considering the capabilities and limitations of automated translation systems. Here are some guidelines to help create content that is more suitable for machine translation: Remember that while these guidelines can enhance the performance of machine translation, they do not replace the need for professional human translators, especially for critical or…

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How to Understand the Scripture

When you become a Christian, you are embarking on a profound journey toward understanding the very heart of God. As a new member of the Christian family, you must diligently seek to unravel the depths of divine wisdom contained in the Bible, the very Word of God. Fellow believers, seasoned in their faith, can guide…

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Why Clear & Simple Media?

After I was introduced at a recent conference, I was asked the two questions that people ask most frequently when they first hear about what we are doing. Why Clear and Simple Media? Why English? The WHY for Clear and Simple Media grows out of a theological conviction – specifically our confidence in the Bible….

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The Whats and Whys of Psalm 37.

This post begins a series of “occasional” thoughts on what I am reading in the scriptures. ________________________________________ THIS MORNING, I was looking over a few passages that I thought might be of comfort to a friend of mine who has been experiencing a rough patch in ministry of late. Ministry is not easy. There are…

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Linguistically Simple, Theologically Clear, Biblically Faithful

Linguistically Simple, Theologically Clear, and Biblically Faithful. These three-word sets give some sense of who we are and what we hope to accomplish in our writing. But they also provide an internal reminder, a collection of checkpoints for us as we write. None are redundant. Linguistically Simple shapes Theologically Clear on one side and Biblically…

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You Can Do More Than Pray

That heading comes from a quote that I found lurking around in my memory a few days ago. It is from S. D. Gordon (1859-1936), an influential lay-worker and missionary from a century ago. The full quote goes like this: “You can do more than pray after you have prayed but you cannot do more…

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HOLY AMBITION

A bit over thirty years ago, I sat in a course in linguistics in which the professor frequently reminded us that, “there is no such thing as a true synonym.” By the time we had finished the course, we were convinced as well. However, there are times when a good synonym (or related word) is the only…

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READING THE NEW TESTAMENT: REVELATION

The New Testament is a collection of twenty-seven books. All of the books come from the first followers of Jesus. Some of the books take only a few minutes to read. But before you read the books in the New Testament, it helps to know what each book is about.   When you see a…

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READING THE NEW TESTAMENT: JUDE

The New Testament is a collection of twenty-seven books. All of the books come from the first followers of Jesus. Some of the books take only a few minutes to read. But before you read the books in the New Testament, it helps to know what each book is about.   When you see a…

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READING THE NEW TESTAMENT: 2 JOHN & 3 JOHN

The New Testament is a collection of twenty-seven books. All of the books come from the first followers of Jesus. Some of the books take only a few minutes to read. But before you read the books in the New Testament, it helps to know what each book is about.   When you see a…

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READING THE NEW TESTAMENT: 1 JOHN

The New Testament is a collection of twenty-seven books. All of the books come from the first followers of Jesus. Some of the books take only a few minutes to read. But before you read the books in the New Testament, it helps to know what each book is about.     When you see…

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READING THE NEW TESTAMENT: 2 PETER

The New Testament is a collection of twenty-seven books. All of the books come from the first followers of Jesus. Some of the books take only a few minutes to read. But before you read the books in the New Testament, it helps to know what each book is about.   When you see a…

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READING THE NEW TESTAMENT: 1 PETER

The New Testament is a collection of twenty-seven books. All of the books come from the first followers of Jesus. Some of the books take only a few minutes to read. But before you read the books in the New Testament, it helps to know what each book is about.   When you see a…

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READING THE NEW TESTAMENT: JAMES

The New Testament is a collection of twenty-seven books. All of the books come from the first followers of Jesus. Some of the books take only a few minutes to read. But before you read the books in the New Testament, it helps to know what each book is about.   When you see a…

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READING THE NEW TESTAMENT: HEBREWS

The New Testament is a collection of twenty-seven books. All of the books come from the first followers of Jesus. Some of the books take only a few minutes to read. But before you read the books in the New Testament, it helps to know what each book is about.   When you see a…

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READING THE NEW TESTAMENT: PHILEMON

The New Testament is a collection of twenty-seven books. All of the books come from the first followers of Jesus. Some of the books take only a few minutes to read. But before you read the books in the New Testament, it helps to know what each book is about.   When you see a…

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READING THE NEW TESTAMENT: TITUS

The New Testament is a collection of twenty-seven books. All of the books come from the first followers of Jesus. Some of the books take only a few minutes to read. But before you read the books in the New Testament, it helps to know what each book is about.   When you see a…

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READING THE NEW TESTAMENT: 2 Timothy

The New Testament is a collection of twenty-seven books. All of the books come from the first followers of Jesus. Some of the books take only a few minutes to read. But before you read the books in the New Testament, it helps to know what each book is about.   When you see a…

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READING THE NEW TESTAMENT: 1 Timothy

The New Testament is a collection of twenty-seven books. All of the books come from the first followers of Jesus. Some of the books take only a few minutes to read. But before you read the books in the New Testament, it helps to know what each book is about.   When you see a…

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READING THE NEW TESTAMENT: 2 THESSALONIANS

The New Testament is a collection of twenty-seven books. All of the books come from the first followers of Jesus. Some of the books take only a few minutes to read. But before you read the books in the New Testament, it helps to know what each book is about.   When you see a…

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READING THE NEW TESTAMENT: 1 THESSALONIANS

The New Testament is a collection of twenty-seven books. All of the books come from the first followers of Jesus. Some of the books take only a few minutes to read. But before you read the books in the New Testament, it helps to know what each book is about.   When you see a…

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READING THE NEW TESTAMENT: COLOSSIANS

The New Testament is a collection of twenty-seven books. All of the books come from the first followers of Jesus. Some of the books take only a few minutes to read. But before you read the books in the New Testament, it helps to know what each book is about.   When you see a…

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READING THE NEW TESTAMENT: PHILIPPIANS

The New Testament is a collection of twenty-seven books. All of the books come from the first followers of Jesus. Some of the books take only a few minutes to read. But before you read the books in the New Testament, it helps to know what each book is about.   When you see a…

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READING THE NEW TESTAMENT: EPHESIANS

The New Testament is a collection of twenty-seven books. All of the books come from the first followers of Jesus. Some of the books take only a few minutes to read. But before you read the books in the New Testament, it helps to know what each book is about.   When you see a…

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