Introducing a new comment system and getting to know you better

I realized recently that I totally missed the ten year anniversary of this blog! I would love to take the opportunity that such an anniversary  provides to get to know some of your better. I have a new discussion system in place to help facilitate that.

I am pleased to announce that Disqus has been activated on my blog to replace my old comments system.  There are a number of advantages to using this system.  Firstly it allows you to track all your comments in one place and see who has replied to them. Secondly, it allows all of us to see comments you have made on other blog sites that use this system, and does this in a verified way so nobody can impersonate you.

Thirdly, it allows you to easily “follow” people whose comments you are interested in.  Fourthly, it allows you to see which posts here are prompting a lot of conversation.  Trust me you are going to love it!

For me, one really nice thing is it will give me a chance to get to know more of my readers.  For maximum benefit there are a few things that I’d like to ask you to do:

  1. Post a comment on this post, and introduce yourself.  First sign in using Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, or a Disqus account if you already have one. Please tell me a bit about yourself, where you are from, what kind of church you attend (if any), how long you have been reading, and perhaps what other blogs you like reading.  A simple “Hi!” is OK too.  Please also share your comment via Twitter or Facebook by clicking “share.”
  2. Make sure you claim your old comments which have already been imported.  The key here is that you need to change your email address on Disqus to match whichever email you used to comment here previously. Follow the instructions here: Merging Service Profiles and Claiming Gu… | DISQUS.  You should change the address one by one to all email accounts you may have used to comment anywhere else that you still have access to. This will consolidate your comments in one place. It will take some time for the merge to complete and be visible on the site.
  3. Experiment with “following” other commentators, which you can only do once their comments have been claimed by them.
  4. Explore what you can do with the tabs that appear at the top of each comment stream: The first allows you to sort comments by age or quality which is influenced by number of replies and votes up or down. The “community” tab will show you the top discussions and commenters here. “My Disqus” will show you discussions from people you are following.


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  • So I will start. I am Adrian, and I live in London. I have attended since 1995, which is part of Newfrontiers.

    I’ve been blogging for more than ten years now. This is my site, and you can also find me at and

    Please feel free to add a link to your own blog if you have one to your introductionary comment. Simply type the URL, Disqus will turn it into a link. You can also use the share button to share this conversation on Facebook or Twitter.

    • Hello Dear Adrian, I hope that you are oing well in the Lord’s ministry and with your family too. I fine too, I am Enock Ngelelo from D.R.Congo but for now I am living in Kenya as a refugee.I ‘m a young person who love God with all my heart, soul and spirit. I fellowship with the Free Methodist Church of Kenya, I am also a Praiswe and Worship leader and also a song writer. This year I start a musical ministry and I am planning to record my first album on July and I hope that God will help me even though here and there but God is faithful…..Thankyou somuch for good work, may the Lord bless the work of your hands.

  • Hi! I’m Jonny Lipsham. A number of people affectionately call me ‘Lip’, which I don’t mind too much. I live in Edinburgh, in the greatest nation on earth – Scotland (!)

    I have known my good friend Adrian since 1995, having been saved that year, I started attending what is now Jubilee Church at the same time as he did. I currently attend Kings Church Edinburgh, where I serve as a small group leader and as a musician.

    I have two blogs, neither of which I am consistent enough to keep up to date! But you might find my writings interesting.

    Adrian is a great guy and his blog is fabulous. The guy is very wise!

  • Hi Adrian, this is Colin from Bournemouth. Thank you for all the work you have done serving us all. I really am praying that your proposed ‘Spurgeon’ project will take off. I still am struggling a little with all of the jargon associated with the digital age, yet I think the opportunities for good are almost endless. David Stroud’s plea for us to make an impact on the central ground of evangelicalism will I hope be facilitated in some measure by your blog/etc. I shall therefore continue to mention it to many, including those that we are training. Your gift and service are an excellent demonstration of how a man’s gift makes room for him (Pr 18:16).

    • Thanks Colin…The Spurgeon project is just in need of a generous funder or two! Videos are really expensive to make well.

  • Hi Adrian, Steve Grcevich from Chagrin Falls, Ohio. I’m a child and adolescent psychiatrist involved with teaching, research and clinical practice. I’m also the board Chairman of Key Ministry…We provide free training, consultation, resources and support to churches seeking to reach kids with disabilities and their families. Nice to see another psychiatrist in a leadership position in the church! Here’s the blog I write for Key Ministry…

    • Hi Stephen, lovely to make your acquaintance. Lets keep this connection going and see what we can usefully do together for His purposes.

  • 10 years? Psh! I’ve been at it for nearly 12. 😉 OK, I haven’t been blogging much lately. Heck, I haven’t been reading your blog (or anyone else’s) lately. In fact, last I knew you’d turned off comments entirely because you were tired of all the arguments. (Speaking of which, when did you turn comments back on?) Anyhow, perhaps when I finish my dissertation I’ll have more time for reading and commenting on blogs. In the meantime, be well and filled with the Spirit. 🙂

    • Hi there…comments came back on initially when Facebook introduced their commenting system…I liked the idea that the comments were connected to a specific persons online reputation and should therefore be a bit more restrained. When I moved to Patheos we managed to port those Facebook comments over to the WordPress tool they used. Now, Disqus has arrived….so far Ive not regretted turning them back on!

  • Amy Simpson

    Hi, Adrian. I’m Amy Simpson from Chicago, Illinois, USA. I work as an editor at Christianity Today and as a freelance writer. I’m author of the brand-new book ‘Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission.’ I attend a non-denominational Evangelical church, and I’m fairly new to your blog; I’ve been reading for only the last couple of months. I’ve already added you to my blogroll on my site: Thanks for sharing your insights!

    • Welcome Amy! Lovely to have you hear, and I know my readers will really benefit from getting ahold of your fantastic book and reading it!

  • Stephen Chaffer

    Hi Adrian, I write to ask you about Mental Health, I’d like to share my experience, that may be profitable in your research. Yours Always in Jesus’ Love

  • Alistair McNaughton

    Hi Adrian, I am Alistair living in Auckland, New Zealand. I’ve been reading your blog for a few months. I don’t attend any established church as such but meet regularly with Christian friends and a small house church. Thanks for the blog – it scratches the thinking and informs my faith.

    • Thanks Alistair. Id be interested in hearing more about your house church. In the 70s I attended a church that had just moved from a house to a hall. We were part of what was then called the “House Church Movement.” Now that church, and many of the others from that time are “Warehouse Churches” but they stay close to their roots with small groups meeting in peoples homes.

  • Dorfl


    I’ve already introduced myself in another post way back, but I might as well do it again. I’m Alvin from Stockholm, Sweden. I’m currently working on my master’s thesis in physics.

    As for my religious views, I’m somewhere between atheist and ignostic. This is essentially a fancier way of saying that I think religious statements fall somewhere on a scale from false to meaningless. Politically, I’m relatively far to the left in a society where the liberal party is considered to be uncomfortably far to the right.

    The reason I read this and neighbouring blogs is that I think it’s a good idea, for several reasons, to try to understand the worldviews of people we disagree with. Also arguing is sometimes fun.

    • Well you are welcome! I am so glad to have readers who are not from what some would call our “tribe.” I read other blogs too. If there is every anything that doesn’t make sense to an outsider, please drop me a comment and let me know, and a bit of good natured arguing is great from time to time. Of course I hope you come round to my way of thinking, but then you probably hope I come round to your way of thinking too! I am only too happy to pray for you Alvin, and right now I am praying that one day I can publish a comment from you saying you have become a Christian too!

      • Dorfl

        Thank you! – for the welcome and the spirit behind your prayers.

        I’ll make sure to ask if there is something that genuinely puzzles me. I won’t actively be trying to deconvert anyone, so hopefully we won’t argue too much. (Unless someone mentions the cosmological argument or the argument from fine tuning, in which case professional pride would force me to explain everything that’s wrong with them.)

        Merry Christ ascension day – assuming that’s a holiday in England as well.

  • Hi Adrian.

    I’m Craig Bennett. I live and minister in the Western Sydney region of Australia among some of our most broken in society. I regularly blog at Trinitarin Dance.

    I have been a regular reader of your work for a long time, (2005) though haven’t commented for a while. I’m a committed Charismatic, who is yet to be convinced that Calvinism is the better theological system around, though I am greatly encouraged by many of those who are. 😉

    I look forward to seeing how this new comment system works as I know you have had problems in the past with a variety of commentators and systems and have tried a number of solutions to resolving them.

  • Willard Warnock

    Hi, Adrian. You and I share the same family name. My branch of the Warnock family came from Northern Ireland to Canada about 1820.

    After 26 years as a pastor of three Baptist churches (one of them for 16 tears) I retired last year and moved to the small hamlet of Ingleside, Ontario, Canada. Today I planted part of my vegetable garden and my wife began work preparing flower gardens.

    Before pastoral ministry i was a missionary for a number of years as well. I was recently named Advocate for New and Emerging Churches by the Ottawa Baptist Association. Four churches have recently asked to join – one francophone African, one Haitian, and two Burmese.

    I have greatly appreciated you posts on mental illness. A number of members of my extended family suffer from one form or another.

    No that I am retired a have more time to read blogs like this. Thanks so much for taking the time to share ith us.

    Your cousin Willard

  • Donna Carlaw

    I am Donna from the US, but we have lived and served for many years in Latin America. A few days ago I joined Twitter and saw your name, Adrian. A few years ago I read your blog during the great Grudem discussions. It was very wild, but I learned a lot. I haven’t been reading blogs much for a long time, but I am glad that yours is still functioning.

    We have one child who is married. Our kids have a 1 year-old boy. He was born with important parts of his heart missing. God has been gracious to us. He is now quite healthy, and very active. He keeps busy by investigatating his little world. We keep busy tagging along behind him, finding everything he does to be the funniest thing we have ever seen. We praise God for His healing touch, and for the fine cardiology unit at Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, TX.

    Take care, Adrian, and it is fun to see your blog again. Thanks for the articles on mental health. That is such an important, and still little understood subject.
    God bless,

    • Thanks Donna. Welcome back. You missed quite a bit! Check out the spectrum posts and the debate with Rob Bell for starters if you get time! Glad to hear the little one is doing well.

      • Donna Carlaw

        My summer reading list? 😉

  • Ben Thorp

    Hi, I’m Ben Thorp. I’m English, but have lived in Scotland for 17 years. I am an elder in a somewhat unconventional (charismatic) Church of Scotland. I’m married with 2 kids (6 and almost 4 years).

    I started reading here a number of years ago. I had been through 6/7 years of being in a really dark and dry place spiritually, but God began to revive me. This happened through a number of different things, but it was through listening to a lot of Mark Driscoll’s teaching that I began to realise that I was not only charismatic, but also Reformed. So I started looking for blogs to read, in particular trying to find ones from the UK, and came across this one. Haven’t looked back 🙂

    • Welcome! Sounds like God has been at work in you. Much blessings, keep in touch. Thanks for the encouragement.

  • Hi – I’ve not been reading very long at all, in fact I came over to have a look when I realised you were starting your conversation on mental health. I had heard of your name before, but didn’t realise you touched on mental health!
    I’m Emma, and I live in Northumberland, and go to an Anglican church. I also have bipolar disorder, and I blog about mental health and faith here:
    Despite somehow getting a degree in divinity at Edinburgh uni, I really have little knowledge of theological debates, or indeed where I stand on many, many issues, so I’ll be having a root around and looking forward to reading more!

  • Mandy Johnson

    Hi Adrian
    I’m Mandy, married to another Adrian 🙂 We are both part of Grace Church Nottingham, and I’m a (slightly haphazard) blogger!