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When I’m asked the more existential question of how I’ve survived so long as a freelancer, my response is always the same: above all, be reliable.

Adam Coti, “Twenty Years as a Freelance Web Developer: Wisdom Gained and Lessons Learned” (Sep 18, 2018)

Alistair Begg on sermon preparation:

  1. Think yourself empty
  2. Read yourself full
  3. Write yourself clear
  4. Pray yourself hot
  5. Be yourself, but don’t preach yourself

Freedom of delivery in the pulpit depends upon careful organization in the study. A good teacher clears the way, declares the way, and then gets out of the way.

On prayer and preaching:

There is no change of fire in the pews if there is an iceberg in the pulpit.… When the apostles did some reorganization of the early church, it was because they realized how crucial it was for them to give themselves continually to “prayer and the ministry of the word” (Acts 6:4). … We dare not divorce our preaching from our praying.

Do both well.

“Three Questions with Alistair Begg,” Towers (Sep–Oct 2018)

  • Excellent writing is technically proficient, at the sentence level and at larger organizational levels.
  • Excellent writing gives the reader something he couldn’t have gotten for himself.

I am fully convinced that if you will simply pay attention to the world as it presents itself to you and write what you have seen, you can hardly help but give your reader ideas and images he has never considered before. … originality will take care of itself.

Jonathan Rogers, “On Not Being the Smartest Person in the Room,” The Rabbit Room (Jun 6, 2018)

Doug Toft, “Writing Compelling Stories — Insights from Jon Franklin, Master of the Nonfiction Short Story” (Dec 23, 2017)

What well-written writing advice from Kevin Kruse.

In Justin Taylor, “A Historian’s 5 Tips on Writing,” The Gospel Coalition (Nov 21, 2017)

Non-technical Accessibility Tips for UI Design /

Notes from “Advocating for Accessible UI Design” by Lara Schenck on CSS-Tricks.

Accessibility is not just the responsibility of web developers. Accessibility begins with design decisions. Share non-technical tips for UI design to everyone on the team so they make more accessible design choices in future:

  1. Easy on the animations.
  2. Make sure background and text colors have enough contrast.
  3. Be very careful when overlaying text on images, or don’t.
  4. Double-check the readability of font weights and sizes.
  5. Indicate external links.
  6. Differentiate between action-oriented social media links vs. profile links.
  7. Don’t rely 100% on icons and colors to communicate.
  8. Consider what the design would look like without interactivity.

Read the details at “Advocating for Accessible UI Design.”

Elliot Clark, “6 habits every aspiring missionary needs today,” Southern Equip

For Pinker, the root cause of so much bad writing is what he calls “the Curse of Knowledge,” which he defines as, “a difficulty in imagining what it is like for someone else not to know something that you know. The curse of knowledge is the single best explanation I know of why good people write bad prose.” …

“A considerate writer will… cultivate the habit of adding a few words of explanation to common technical terms…”

“Readers will also thank a writer for the copious use of ‘for example,’ ‘as in,’ and ‘such as,’ because an explanation without an example is little better than no explanation at all.” …

Before you commit your writing to print — or to the internet —  take a few moments to make sure that what you write is clear and understandable by as many of your intended readers as possible.

Quoting Stephen Pinker, The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century in Glenn Leibowitz, “The Single Reason Why People Can’t Write, According to a Harvard Psychologist,” Inc. (Oct 14, 2017)

There are other causes of bad writing, surely, besides “the curse of knowledge.” The author also puts a nice spin on jargon, which doesn’t always aid communication. It’s still good advice. —C.M.H.

Peter Anglea, “6 Months of Working Remotely Taught Me a Thing or Ten” (Aug 28, 2017)

Jonathan Pennington, “‘The Life of the Professor’ — My Talking Points for our New Faculty Workshop”