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A few things to note:

1) Comments are back on.

A few questions to keep in mind before you comment and before you hit “post”:

  • Is this comment gracious? (Col. 4:6)
  • Is this comment seasoned with salt? (Col. 4:6)
  • Is this comment corrupting? (Eph. 4:29)
  • Is this comment seeking to build up the church for good? (Eph. 4:29)
  • Is this comment intended to give grace to those who read it? (Eph. 4:29)
  • Is this comment fitting and appropriate? (Eph. 4:29)
  • Is this comment true? Is this comment written in love? (Eph. 4:15, 25)

2) Speaking of blogging: the Band of Bloggers gathering at T4G was captured on video and audio.

3) Still speaking of blogging, Dan Phillips has some good advice on blogging philosophy, etiquette, and strategery.


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17 thoughts on “On Blogging”

  1. Erin says:

    I am going to print this and put it on my computer as a reminder before I make a comment about anything on a blog, Facebook, etc. We are representing Christ and the world is watching. Thanks so much for posting this.

  2. Matt Redmond says:

    Thanks Justin. Now I will never comment again. ;)

  3. sean leroy says:

    How about applying that to all/everything we say?

  4. Gary Horn says:

    I wonder if bloggers could also take some responsibility and think carefully about what they’re blogging about. Also, they should examine their own motives for why they’re blogging it. Lastly, perhaps coach their readers by expressing the intention behind the blog post and what kind of conversation they hope will take place.

  5. Thomas James Pujol says:

    Hi Justin,

    I really wanted to comment when you took the comments down.

    I just wanted to say that I really appreciate your attempt to be full of grace and truth in the blogs that you post. It is a huge encouragement to me, and sometimes I feel that I am getting angry on your behalf :) Since you seem to get a lot of criticism on here.

    Anyway, I know the odds of you actually reading this are small, but thank you, and keep blogging! God Bless.

  6. Mairnéalach says:

    There are some commenters who can fulfill all seven of those biblical injunctions, even when addressing the evolution topic. As Trueman pointed out in his article on Waltke, a sign of non-cultishness is openness (used his elder meetings as an example). As Trueman also hinted, there are many definitions of “evolution”, not all of which might be beyond the Christian pale. Given these truisms I would appreciate it if you would allow comments on your evolution posts.

  7. Stephen says:

    I thought turning the comments off was a refreshing step in view of all the heated comments generated by recent controversies i.e., Piper/Warren, Waltke, anything to do with N.T. Wright. I’d hate to see the church in the U.S. become as polarized as our politics have become.

  8. Russ says:

    Great stuff. I will keep it all in mind.

  9. Mairnéalach says:

    Justin,

    After seeing the comment thread on “Owl City”, I formally retract my request for you to open comments on evolution-related topics.

    If “Christians” are so spiritually retarded as to argue vehemently about such an inane topic, your wisdom on the evolution issue is timely indeed, and I was mistaken to hope otherwise.

    Christian bloggers in general might ought to close all their comments threads everywhere.

    1. Sebe says:

      Mairnealach,

      By referring to these “other” people as ‘spiritually retarded’ you are not protesting them, you are simply becoming like them.

  10. Dwight says:

    Do I have your permission to post this as my facebook status? I cringe at the things I see my brothers and sisters post there from time to time. This is a great reminder of WHO we represent. Thanks for your blog and for the opportunity to engage with others.

  11. Robert says:

    Hello Justin,

    I appreciate the principles that you share here and if we live these things out they will all be very helpful. What you have done is brought attention to biblical principles that ought to be practiced in the context of blogging. But something is left out here in my thinking. It is this: what happens when professing Christians violate these principles in their blogging? Where is the accountability for violations of these principles? In a local church setting I can go take the person aside privately, go through the steps of church discipline, etc. in order to deal with sinful actions. I have in mind a calvinistic website that repeatedly and continuously engages in sinful posting. They violate your principles here over and over again. Other non-calvinists bring up scripture or challenge them to do better (which they ignore and then ridicule those who attempt correction) and there is no evidence that other calvinists attempt to keep them accountable. So they violate your principles here and there is no accountability seemingly. This brings up the issue of accountability and what happens when the princples you espouse here are violated. It is nice to suggest these things, but what happens when they are violated by professing Christian bloggers?

    Robert

  12. James says:

    Hello Justin Taylor I am James who wrote,

    “Oh yeah and to all of you out there comparing John Piper and Warren to Whitefield and Wesley, shut up already. . . . This is a joke.”

    I am sorry I disrespected you and everyone on this blog. You aptly described me and my harsh comments and “hyperbolic.” I thought about writing you an email to apologize for my immaturity and wreckles comments, but my offense was public so I want to apologize publicly I was wrong and I am sorry.

    1. Justin Taylor says:

      Thank you, brother. You are warmly and gladly forgiven!

      JT

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