First, let me say that blogging is a joy for me. I do it out of a sense of mission. In my opinion, there are too few moderate evangelicals blogging about serious theological subjects and attempting to steer a path between theological conservatism and liberalism.
Second, let me say thanks to all of you who only read and a special thanks to those who engage constructively in dialogue here. I benefit from reading many of your responses to what I write and enjoy even the well-thought-out and articulate critiques.
Third, a few recommendations and cautions about commenting here:
1) Remember this is my space and nobody has a natural right to have their comment posted here. If you compose a comment that is not appropriate for this blog, you are wasting your time and will never see it posted here. Appropriate comments are civil, respectful, and constructive.
2) Following up on number “1″ above–I will no longer post comments here that I detect are overt or covert attempts to promote alternative theologies without engaging in the topic constructively. For example, if someone posts a comment here, however well-crafted, that seems solely designed to preach or teach Calvinism, fundamentalism, liberal theology, atheism, Jehovah’s Witness belief, Mormonism, etc., I won’t post it here.
3) Please keep your comments relatively brief. Be concise.
4) If you are responding to something I or someone else wrote here, please be sure your comment reflects what was really written and not something else. Don’t respond to what was not written. If you’re not sure what was meant by what was written, say that (viz., “I’m not sure what you meant by…but if you meant that…here’s my response”).
5) Know when to drop the subject. I will delete comments that simply repeat what was said or asked before (in the same discussion thread).
6) Don’t expect me to answer every question. I simply don’t have the time.
7) Expect me to delete your comment if it is hostile.
8) Don’t post hyper-links or URLs here. I don’t have time to preview all of those and so I delete comments that contain them or, in some cases, I edit those out. Occasionally I post a comment that contains one if I have reason to. That’s my right–to override my own rule. But normally I do not post comments containing hyperlinks or URLs here.
9) Know that occasionally I am away from any computer. When I travel I take only my ipad and my ipad does not play well with the discussion software here. I try, but sometimes it simply doesn’t work. If you detect that I am not posting much for a while and not posting comments often, it may be that I am traveling. I never say here that I am traveling. So just assume that’s a possibility if the blog seems to go dormant for a while.
10) If any of the above is confusing, don’t let it daunt you. Just keep in mind that this is a safe space for respectful, civil, constructive discussion of theology and stick to that mode of communication.