Thank you for visiting DennyBurk.com. It is my aim to include a wide variety of perspectives in the comments under each blog—including those perspectives that differ from my own. You don’t have to agree with me or the other commenters in order to participate in this forum.
In order to have a fruitful and constructive dialog, however, comments need to have a civil tone and a charitable spirit. My hope is that commenters might be able to disagree without being disagreeable. Our aim should be to edify and to sharpen one another, not to tear one another down.
In order to provide a basic level of accountability and transparency, all commenters must use their first and last names. Pseudonyms are not allowed. Exceptions to this policy will be at the discretion of the administrator of the blog.
I often don’t have time to read all the comments. Nevertheless, when I read comments and find them getting outside of these guidelines, I reserve the right to edit or delete them.
For more on the ethics of blog commenting, please read my 2012 post “Don’t Feed the Trolls.”
I would encourage commenters to consider carefully the following commands and principles regarding our speech:
“Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt” (Col. 4:6).
“By your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matt. 12:37).
“Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor” (Rom. 12:10).
“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear” (Eph. 4:29).
“Speak the truth in love” (Eph. 4:15, 25).
“If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless” (James 1:26).