Vol. 1 - No. 5 

May, 1982

Editorial: Submitting Articles

by Robert L. McDonald

 With the beginning of THE EXPOSITORY REVIEW, we explained our aim and why we felt there was a real need for such a paper. The result of this explanation, with the numbers thus far published, we have had the greatest response. Both the publisher and editor are delighted with the interest from so many quarters. What we have proposed. seems to be the consensus of brethren across the nation.

As everyone, who has been involved in the starting of a new religious journal, knows, the subscriptions come slow. Brethren are hesitant to subscribe to a new paper until they learn the course the paper will take. They don't want to pay out good money for a paper which will carry little more than advertisements and slanted toward one issue with little edification from laborious reading. I don't blame brethren from being apprehensive when an announcement is made for the issuance of a new religious periodical.

THE EXPOSITORY REVIEW, however, must have hit a harmonious chord with brethren. We are hearing the same remarks from all quarters: "We need a paper as proposed in the editorials." Brethren have not only sent in articles for future issues but have sent in clubs of ten or more. Some have taken advantage of the "mini-subs" plan whereas they send in a list of twenty, thirty or more names at $1 per name for a 3-month introduction to the paper. Brethren wouldn't do this unless they were really anxious to get a paper like this in circulation.

There is one matter I feel we must mention regarding the articles submitted. We have been favored with some good material from gifted writers. They have been a big help to us in this undertaking and we appreciate so much their unselfish work. Most of them are in keeping with the aim we proposed. However, there are some articles received which we will be unable to use for some reason or another. In some instances, we have had to return articles, with hesitation, but realized we must to maintain the policy we have set in our effort to publish the standard of reading for our subscribers. We must reject articles which have been previously published. Even though articles to appear in church bulletins, tracts or mimeographed sheets are good, our policy is to refrain from including such in THE EXPOSITORY REVIEW. (At times we will use some of the articles from old periodicals and feature the "Voices From the Past" section, but you can see this is much different than reprinting from local bulletins.) Our role as editor is not an easy one when it comes to the selection of material for inclusion in the paper, but we feel we owe this much to the publisher, our readers and all who are anxious to have the very best paper possible. This is what we are trying to accomplish.

As the name suggests, the paper is primarily concerned with articles which direct our readers to an exegesis of the Word of God. Most of us can write an article about something and scatter some scriptures throughout the article. When such have been read, we have not been challenged to exercise our minds in a study of the Scriptures. Brethren are hungry for some well-written material in commenting on the Word of God and application made to situations in our day. This is a far cry from much of which is being written in too many quarters.

There are many excellent writers among us who have, for some reason or another, refrained from much writing over 'the past ten or more years. Their labors have been missed! We need the wisdom and knowledge of these servants of Christ more today than at any which I recall. When they write, it is not to seek notoriety, for they are well known by brethren everywhere for their faithfulness in the cause of our Lord. Through the years, theirs has been a tireless study in an accumulation of knowledge of the Word of God and are experienced in teaching it. Such knowledge should be shared with others. These are the writers we are especially seeking to enlist.

What we are looking for in THE EXPOSITORY REVIEW are articles which take Scripture and explains what the Holy Spirit meant when the inspired writers penned their words in the New Testament. Let's take what Paul or James or Peter wrote and exegete the passages. In this way, brethren will increase their understanding of the Word of God and it will stay with them.