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On the Length of Comments

Today we’ve already had some record-length comments. Here’s what we need to remind ourselves of:
1. If you write a long, long comment, conversation slows down; many will stop because they don’t want to read that long, long comment.
2. Do what you can to make it clear to whom you are responding.
3. Keep your comments to about 250 words or shorter (think of others).

About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than forty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

  • http://www.estcumest.blogspot.com kent

    Awesome and will do. I couldn’t write that much at one time to save my life!

  • http://alliehope.wordpress.com Allie

    Mm-hm. Thanks for the reminder.

  • http://wondersforoyarsa.blogspot.com Wonders for Oyarsa

    I am sorely tempted to write a 500 word comment extolling the virtues of brevity, but, alas, the Spirit has convicted me about the use of my time. ;-)

  • http://randombloggings.wordpress.com Calvin

    Absolutely agreed Scot.
    A suggestion for those who really feel the need to post extra-long comments: if you have a blog, turn your comment into a post on your blog. Trackbacks work great for this, and that way those of us who may want to read a longer comment still can, without horribly interrupting the flow of the conversation here.

  • mariam

    Mea culpa. I’ll try harder.

  • http://www.matthewsblog.waynesborochurchofchrist.org Matthew

    Amen, I do not even really like a long post. Maybe this is not the best, but it is the net culture.
    http://www.matthewsblog.waynesborochurchofchrist.org

  • http://www.jesustheradicalpastor.com John W Frye

    O.K. :)

  • http://www.ysmarko.com marko

    yes, sir, mr. mcknight, sir. (see how i followed all of your rules?!)

  • neil

    well said!

  • Bill

    Amen! Thanks for the guideline.

  • http://n/a Richard Constant

    Question: and a short one.
    I have been studying for about 40 years now fundamentally Romans 3:20 through 27 or the end of Romans if you like although primarily focusing on these verses.
    If I ask you the question was Jesus the Christ righteous under gods law.
    would you say
    1
    what kind of question is that?
    2.
    Of of course he was he was without sin.
    3.
    No he wasn’t righteous under law, because the law hadn’t been given to make someone righteous. Galatians 3
    also God manifested his righteousness through faithfulness of the divine nature and Christ(Romans third chapter) apart from the law.
    For all those who believe.
    This all has to do with an atonement issue that I would like to discuss
    my answer is three.
    Blessings rich in California

  • http://rhymeswithplague.blogspot.com Bob Brague

    Roger!

  • http://www.smokinflax.blogspot.com Scott Eaton

    I like it! Brevity is next to godliness – I think.

  • http://www.JesusCreed.org Scot McKnight

    Richard at #11,
    Since the Law is God’s preliminary revelation of God’s will, I would say, “Yes, he did fulfill it because he was sinless and because he did even more than the Torah.”

  • http://n/a Richard Constant

    Thanks for the response Scott, surprised me.
    “Yes, he did fulfill it because he was sinless and because he did even more than the Torah.”
    Senior skipping over a couple of points if you don’t mind me saying.
    Was God unrighteous to curse his son.
    What grounds did God curses his son. Jesus was born under the law Galatians 4 chapter. Paul says in the third chapter of the law could make no one righteous and righteousness was to come through faith because of a promise.
    I know these are questions that no one likes to deal with but nonetheless are valid questions and I think they have concrete answers.
    I know Jesus fulfilled the law.
    There’s a difference between fulfilling the law and being righteous by the law. My question again becomes what Paul deals with in the third chapter of Galatians cursed is everyone that hangs on a tree. If I read Paul right that’s directly out of the law. My perception is that the law was flawed because of the flesh. It being a spiritual law.
    Christ Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us.?

  • http://n/a Richard Constant

    Thanks for the response Scott, surprised me.
    “Yes, he did fulfill it because he was sinless and because he did even more than the Torah.”
    Senior skipping over a couple of points if you don’t mind me saying.
    Was God unrighteous to curse his son.
    What grounds did God curses his son. Jesus was born under the law Galatians 4 chapter. Paul says in the third chapter of the law could make no one righteous and righteousness was to come through faith because of a promise.
    I know these are questions that no one likes to deal with but nonetheless are valid questions and I think they have concrete answers.
    I know Jesus fulfilled the law.
    There’s a difference between fulfilling the law and being righteous by the law. My question again becomes what Paul deals with in the third chapter of Galatians cursed is everyone that hangs on a tree. If I read Paul right that’s directly out of the law. My perception is that the law was flawed because of the flesh. It being a spiritual law.
    Christ Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us.?

  • http://www.covthinklings.blogspot.com/ josenmiami

    brevity is beautiful but often hard to attain… if I am in doubt, I often use the word count feature to check the length.

  • Scott M

    As always, I’m the main offender. I was just following the two individual threads while I was working and it was a very busy day, so I just saw this. I only even followed those two threads because I felt so passionate about their topic. As ever, Scot, feel free to delete comments by me or metaphorically whack me if you think I’m blocking conversation. You’re not going to offend me by doing so. I know I use too many words when I have a lot I feel like I want to say, especially when it’s something I care about. And it is your blog. I don’t feel any sense of entitlement or right to hog the comment threads, no matter how strongly I feel about something. So delete away any time I get out of hand. 8)

  • Duane

    Hypergraphia is a diagnosis and certifiable condition–I don’t know if it has a cure or not!?!


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