The Manna and the Stone is a blog intended to promote and develop the doctrinal positions of the Bible Presbyterian Church, as well as contribute to the spiritual health and maturity of the body of Christ, wherever it is found. Accordingly, we require that all contributing authors be members in good standing of a Bible Presbyterian church. All such members, be they laity or officers, are encouraged to submit material for publication, providing it adheres to the guidelines provided below.
All submissions are expected to be finalized manuscripts, which should require minimal revisions to be ready for publication. Please do not submit an early draft. Repeated submissions with significant and pervasive errors or necessary revisions may lead to rejections. Please use SBL style with endnotes for citations, when necessary. See appendix 1 for a brief overview of SBL style.
All articles should have a header image provided. Those working within the CMS should attach this as the “featured image.” Contributors working in the CMS will also be expected to add appropriate tags to the article. Contributors sending in articles as word documents are still required to provide such images and tags with article submissions. Such elements may be attached to the email with submission, and editorial staff will handle the formatting. Additional images throughout the body are optional but encouraged.
Below are several categories into which submitted articles might fall. The definitions are flexible of course, but hopefully they will provide a sense of the appropriate length and style we will expect.
Feature Article (1,500 – 4,000 words)
A feature article is a substantial and original piece of well-researched and compellingly argued theology.
All such articles are expected to be thesis driven (as opposed to, say, a report overviewing multiple perspectives without drawing a conclusion) and to interact charitably but thoroughly with differing perspectives. The tone should be more academic than personal. It should be expected that such articles would cite and interact with other sources in a substantial manner. Use SBL style with endnotes (no bibliography) when necessary.
Opinion Piece (500-2,000 words)
An opinion piece is primarily argued from a personal perspective, and will generally be less rigorous than would be necessary in a feature article. Nonetheless, it will be expected that writers of opinion pieces will interact charitably with differing perspectives, even though the burden of proof for assertions is somewhat lighter. Such pieces will still be expected to pursue a definite point of view, rather than simply surveying the extant perspectives.
This is the appropriate category for articles which address current events, trends, or individuals, as well as more practical advice, lists, responses to other articles, etc…. Generally it will be appropriate to use more informal citation for referenced works, rather than full SBL style with endnotes, but all sources should be available and accurately represented. If citing other web sources, please provide the appropriate hyperlinks.
Review (300-1,500 words)
A review should cover the material of a relevant book or other piece of media appropriately and thoroughly, as well as making a definite recommendation on the work. Any connections the writer of the article has with the author of the work under review must be disclosed in the body of the article.
When works of other media, or even events/venues/etc… are of sufficient interest to the denomination, reviews of them may be considered for publication. In such cases, please contact the editor before beginning composition.
Historical Survey (500-2,000 words)
As this blog intends to serve a particular denomination, historical studies of the denomination and attendant narratives will also be considered for publication, to make them available to the public at large. This is the only category of composition where it will not necessarily be expected that the author will argue a definite perspective on the material presented, although such evaluation is certainly permitted, when appropriate.
As stated previously, these categories are flexible. If you have an article which you believe falls outside of the parameters of any of the categories describe above, please contact the editor to discuss.
For specific formatting concerns, please see the style guide, especially if you are composing content through the blog’s content management system. If you expect to be a regular contributor to the blog, I will expect you to register an account with the blog and submit your content through the CMS, in accordance with the style guide. If you are only an occasional contributor (read: once or twice a year), it will be acceptable to send me a Word file with your content. Email such submissions to email@example.com. Even if you are submitting content composed in Word, please consider the style guide for consistency. The editor will have to adapt your content to the conventions of the style guide, so the closer you get, the less time I have to spend.
Also, The Manna and the Stone is happy to publish (or adapt) previously existing material, providing that material is not replicated elsewhere on the internet. We would really like to create and foreground new content, but we are also happy to be an outlet to make available the best thinking and writing of the BPC, regardless of when it was created.
Appendix A – SBL style guidelines
Provide full details of a work when you cite it the first time, then short reference after that.
1 John J. Collins, The Scepter and the Star: The Messiahs of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Other Ancient Literature, ABRL (New York: Doubleday, 1995), 25–26.
2 Loveday Alexander, “Hellenistic Letter-Forms and the Structure of Phlippians,” JSNT 37 (1989): 87–110 (p. 91).
6 Collins, Scepter, 88.
7 Alexander, “Letter-Forms,” 105.
No bibliography or works cited list is necessary beyond the endnotes.