Blogging Author’s Submissions Guidelines

If you share our ministry philosophy to provide free, trustworthy Bible study materials to the world, and you would like to blog on a periodic basis (currently monthly), we invite you to submit materials for review.

INTRODUCTION

The vision of the Biblical Studies Foundation (Bible.org), a non-profit (501c.3) organization, is to equip all people to attain the knowledge of the Son of God, to become mature in Christ, and to be competent to teach others. Our mission is to leverage the power of the Internet to provide people and ministries worldwide with universal access to the NET Bible and other trustworthy Bible study resources and blogs. “Ministry First” is our motto.

  • “Ministry First” is our purpose, supporting the vision of Bible.org to see all people become mature followers of Jesus Christ training others to be disciplemakers for Christ.
  • “Ministry First” is our practice of introducing innovative methods, practices and approaches that put ministry ahead of profits.
  • “Ministry First” is our passion, and it is infectious. We pray that you will desire to join us in seeking Ministry First.

EXPECTATIONS OF BIBLE.ORG

Our reviewers have high standards regarding author’s abilities, writing style and theological orthodoxy in essential matters. Not all of the submissions we receive are accepted for posting. Some examples of reasons for not accepting an article include:

  • Not orthodox (meaning the submission does not reflect mainstream evangelical theology)
  • Not well written or appropriately developed
  • Not theologically or biblically sound
  • Not appropriately written for the intended audience (weak scholarship, etc.)
  • Not needed in terms of content appropriateness for determined purposes
  • Author has not demonstrated appropriate background experience or expertise in the topic
  • Author has failed on a personal spiritual level to be a qualified biblical teacher (living in unreconciled sin, under church discipline, etc.)

We encourage the use of the NET Bible as the author’s primary and preferred translation.  Because of the NET Bible’s liberal copyright policies, the author may liberally cite the NET Bible freely without risk of copyright infringement (always refer to Bible.org’s stated copyright and permissions policies posted online .

Where applicable, biblical references should be cited by book, chapter, and verse so our NET Bible popup tagger will work.(e.g. John 3:16)

For standard spelling, consult Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.

All materials supplied by the author and posted on Bible.org cannot be posted on any other websites except the author’s own ministry website without permission from Bible.org. (see footnote1 for explanation)

It is assumed the author has full legal rights to any material submitted to Bible.org for use and posting. The author will retain any copyrights they own, but Bible.org would own the non exclusive right to post online and use for their ministry purposes without restriction.

Materials posted on Bible.org may not be withdrawn by the author. Search engines and personal downloads will have captured the materials and it is not our policy to reclaim them. See specific details here.

After review, materials will not be returned unless specifically requested and then only at the author’s expense.

PROCEDURES

First of all, please review the Bible.org Doctrinal Statement. Please submit material for review only if you agree with the Doctrinal Statement.

Materials for review should be submitted to permissions.

A copy of the Submission Agreement signed by the author must be on file at Bible.org. Please complete a copy of the agreement and email it to: Permissions Director, Bible.org,

The Blogging author should request the section you want to contribute to: i.e. Womans, Mens, Childrens. You an expect an opinion from the reviewers within 2-4 weeks after receipt. We will try to review sooner, but Bible.org is mostly a volunteer organization. After the review, the coordinator of the blog section you requested will get back to you on your acceptance as a  contributor or not. After the initial review, we will not need to review each blog but will monitor periodically and provide feedback through your coordinator.

THANK YOU – We consider it a blessing that you believe the ministry of Bible.org is worthy of your consideration. We take every blog submission as a service to our Lord.


1 The request for a permission here may sound limiting and you may question why Bible.org–which promotes “ministry first”–would make this statement. Let me explain the rationale: the current algorithms used by search engines (e.g. Google) penalizes sites that duplicate content on multiple sites. Bible.org works hard to have our content high on search engines and having the material duplicated on multiple sites is a danger to our ranking. Therefore we want to know if an article will be on multiple sites.

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