All right, after a few days not posting anything, to post a critical remark on commenters seems cranky and lazy, but: this is really good: Why We Don’t Allow Comments from Mark Jones, posted on Reformation21. His remarks to the troll and to the retired person are especially good. Jones concludes:
[A]s a pastor, I love questions and discussions with my people. I know who they are; they know who I am. We can usually talk face to face, and progress is typically made. Even if we don’t end up agreeing — I still have some holdouts in my church that reject the biblical practice of infant baptism — we still love one another. It seems to me that this type of “debate” is fruitful. But the “debate” that often takes place on blogs is sort of like an old banana that has been left under a car-seat for a month.