10 Writing Prompts (April 12, 2019)

Are you a Christian non-fiction writer struggling to come up with what to write on next? Maybe one of these writing prompts will kick-start your creativity.

Feel free to use/adapt any of these without permission or attribution. Happy writing!

1.) “Hearing James in Romans” / or “Hearing Romans in James”

Many people struggle to make sense of how these two books of the Bible fit together. I too, though I’m committed to believing and trusting the inerrancy of God’s word, wonder about what’s going on between the message of grace in Romans and the message of works in James. Maybe you can help!

2.) A Reflection on Psalm #

Psalms are timeless and I’m willing to bet we all have one or two memorized to recite to ourselves when we feel close to God or when we feel far from him. Can you encourage your readers with a reflection on a Psalm?

3.) A Framework for Social Media Use

How are we, as Christians, supposed to be salt and light to the world on social media? What are some things specific to various platforms that we should be aware of? How might I represent Christ on Twitter, and is that the same or different than on Instagram?

4.) A Moment from the Past to Encourage the Present

Calling all history buffs — do you know of something that occurred 100 or 1000 years ago that would help us understand modern-day struggles and conflicts? Please share.

5.) A Clarification of an often misunderstood biblical passage / doctrine

There are a lot of writers out there writing a lot of words. We are bound to say something a little off-base. A gentle encouragement toward sound thinking would go a long way to help us all!

6.) An Explicitly Christian Ethics for Blogging

I’ve seen a lot of discussion recently around this topic, but I would love to see someone compile a first-draft for a definite list of blogging practices for Christian writers. Where do we draw the line between intriguing content and clickbait?

7.) Can Christian Art be Good?

The answer is yes. But it’s way easier to talk about why Christian art, storytelling, and movie-making can be bad. What would make it good? Can we highlight some people working on it today?

8.) Something about Tattoos

This might seem like it’s way out of left field, but I do a bunch of research on trending keywords and the word “Tattoo” is performing very well. I’m not going to use it, so do with that what you will.

9.) How to Encourage Your Pastor

Pastors have a lot of critical voices coming at them, some from those outside the church, some from inside their church, and, of course, the internal criticism that never goes away. How can we best be an encouragement to our pastor?

10.) Historical Names and the Possessive form

Okay maybe this is just something I am interested in but can someone write an article making a case for whether or not we should put the ‘s after Jesus? I have my opinion, of course, but I want to hear some more thoughts.

The same could go for whether we capitalize the first letter of a pronoun referring to God – is it He or he?

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