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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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May 30, 2011 - The Rules Have Changed

By Scott Harrup

The Pentecostal Evangel editorial team recently received copies of the 2011 edition of The Associated Press Stylebook. The Evangel follows AP style for most content, with a few exceptions for biblical and doctrinal material and some specific word usage within the Assemblies of God.

Why a stylebook? We want to make sure the content of this week’s Evangel is consistent with next week’s. But stylebooks are not written in stone, and the whole point of buying the latest edition is to keep up with the changes. Even the cover of the new AP volume announces “more than 500 new or revised entries.”

For example, AP style used to call for “Web site” even as other publications employed a lowercased single word. I can’t count the number of times I corrected that term in various ads in our publication. Now, bowing to convention, AP has agreed to “website.” They’re still holding out for a capped “Web” when it stands alone in terms like “Web page” or “Web feed,” but I won’t be surprised if “webpage” and “webfeed” crop up in some future edition.

Journalists aren’t alone in dealing with shifting rules. Every year, taxpayers must grapple with the newest IRS guidelines. U.S. law makes subtle and not-so-subtle shifts on the basis of myriad court decisions. Streets can morph from two-way to one-way, property values can change with zoning restrictions, and die-hard fans of professional sports can argue all day over the implications of new referee guidelines.

In the midst of so many rule changes, I’m grateful the most important rules never change. God’s eternal truths give divine structure to all of creation through all of time. As the writer of Ecclesiastes reminds us: “Everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that men will revere him” (3:14, NIV).

— Scott Harrup is managing editor of the Pentecostal Evangel and blogs at Out There (sharrup.agblogger.org).

 

 

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