Welcome to 2016, dear readers! I’m really excited about this new year. I have plans for some fresh, hard-hitting content–mainly continuing the “God is not Mocked” series I began a few months ago. The next post will likely cover church membership covenants. You will not want to miss it. 🙂
I thought I’d start this new year off with some things you’d like to know:
1. Blog Comment Policy
Every comment on this blog is moderated. First-time comments are withheld from publishing until I approve them. After the first comment is approved, a reader can automatically publish subsequent comments. If a reader posts several comments in a short time frame–or includes outside links–comments go back into holding for approval. This is because WordPress thinks you might be a spam bot.
I only have a few rules for comments:
- No victim-blaming, victim shaming, rape apologia or abuse apologia
- No name-calling or insults directed at myself or other readers
- No baiting or mischief
- Show basic respect for others
I am the sole proprietor of this blog, and comments are allowed at my discretion. I reserve the right to delete or edit comments that are out of line with my comment policy. If I think someone is intentionally stirring up drama in the comments section, I may revoke their commenting privileges.
I realize that comment tone can get a bit snarky when disagreements arise, and that’s ok. Just keep it respectful as much as possible. Take the new purity pledge. 🙂
2. Facebook Policy
My personal Facebook page is reserved for friends and family only. If you’d like to connect with me on social media, please follow the Revolutionary Faith Facebook page or my account on Twitter. You can also email me through my blog contact link. I love building community with you, so feel free to reach out.
3. Response Times on Comments and Emails
I read every comment on this blog and every email that comes to my inbox. I feel honored by your responses to the things I publish.
However, in addition to writing here, I work a full-time job and have small children that need my attention in the evenings. This means my response times can be slow and erratic. I’m going to attempt to be more vigilant in responding to comments and emails this year, but please don’t be offended if a few (or several) days slip by without a response.
4. Suggestions for Book Reviews
I’m going to try to do a book review series in 2016. One reader suggested Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans. I’m also looking at doing Mark Driscoll’s Confessions of a Reformissional Rev. If there’s another book you’d like to see reviewed, suggest it in the comments!
5. New for 2016: A Call for Submissions
Revolutionary Faith has been live for three years now, and I’ve never had a guest post. I think it’s time to rectify that.
Here’s what I’m looking for:
- Posts from Christian women who experienced the grace and peace of God through divorce or similar situation, even when your church was less than supportive.
- Posts from Christian men who have been harmed by complementarianism, purity teachings, and “biblical manhood” doctrine.
- People who have left fundamentalist churches or communities but still retain faith in God.
- Posts by Christian women of color or intersex/transgender folks, and the issues you are facing in church and living out your faith.
If you have another subject you think would be a good fit for this blog, email me and ask about it.
To start out, I will be looking to publish about one guest post per month.
Guidelines for submissions:
- Between 600 and 1,200 words
- No profanity, if possible
- No anonymous submissions. If you don’t want to use your real name, please choose a pen name. Let me know if you are using a pen name.
- Original submissions only.
- I reserve the right to edit submissions for length and clarity, and to choose blog titles. If you aren’t comfortable with being edited, please don’t submit. (Don’t worry, I’m a good editor. 🙂 )
- Submission is no guarantee of publication. If I feel that your post is not right for this blog, I will try to give suggestions for other places it may be published.
Remember, the name of the blog is Revolutionary Faith. This means your submission should have a faith-based perspective that ultimately encourages others.
Email submissions to april (dot) kelsey (at) hotmail (dot) com. Put “RF Submission” in the subject line, followed by a suggested title. I will let you know if it is accepted and when it will be published.
I’m looking forward to great things in 2016!
April, fantastic laying out of your boundaries (and as a writer of a blog I happen to agree with all of them!). I hope the coming year brings good things and I am looking forward to your posts!
Profoundly happy to have found your blog. So far it has been thought provoking, articulate, relevant. I can’t wait to read more.
Profoundly happy that you’re here! I hope to get another post up soon. It’s been a crazy month!