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2007.04.23

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Luke

Peter,
Amen and Amen. Indulge me please as I offer up a reason why name calling is so easy. REASON: It takes very little effort. Rather, it takes a whole lot of effort to hold one's tongue to dispute the speech and not the speaker. Quite simply, we are lazy. That was/is one of my greatest challenges to starting my own blog. I did not want it to be a place of slander, gossip,backbiting and especially name calling.

All that being said, I trust we can take Ecclesiastes 7:21-22:
"Also take no heed unto all words that are spoken; lest thou hear thy servant curse thee: For oftentimes also thine own heart knoweth that THOU LIKEWISE hast cursed others".(emphasis mine)

Have a grace filled day...
Luke

Mary

It seems like those founders types have to get the troops whipped up for the convention doesn't it?? A blog topic about actual Christian ministry gets little to no comments, but boy when we have someone to attack commenters seem to crawl out of the woodwork. These blog hosts are not stupid and they know very well what kind of response posting such topics will create. Which is the reason they post them. Political agendas all around. Nothing Christlike in my opinion.

Mary

Peter, may I also add that I think posting such blog topics that are guaranteed to elicit nonChristlike behavior shows the character of the blog host, but also a blog host allowing un- warrented attacks against other bloggers shows the lack of character of said blog host.

peter

Luke,

That is a great word, Luke. And, I fully agree it is much easier to involve one's self in the name-game.

Grace. With that, I am...

Peter

peter

Mary,

Thanks always for dropping by. I must say that there have been some provocative posts here on this blog, especially eliciting feedback from our Founders' brothers.

But in saying such, I wholeheartedly agree with you that if a bloghost posts such a piece, it should be clear that, while there should be a measure of freedom in replying, it is imperative that responsible communication take place.

I recently commented on another blog where, to my judgement, the encouragement I offered could not have been taken negatively unless someone were either purposely reading into it negative overtones or the bias against my participation in that community was so resentful that, in their eyes, nothing I might say could possibly be geniune. Blogdom is really not for those who possess an unhealthy lack of inner contentment in Christ alone.

From my standpoint, it is really not that difficult to maintain decency and honor in our dialogs together. Hosts are irresponsible, in my view, to allow unchecked dialog.

Peace, Mary. With that, I am...

Peter

grosey

G'day there Peter..
I have been reading a great book about Erasmus this last few weeks.
I have dropped these quotes two places, please forgive me if I drop them again

Friends,
as Erasmus once said “I think one gets further by courtesy and moderation than by clamour. That was how Christ brought the world under His sway…. We must take pains to say nothing out of arrogance or faction, for I think the Spirit of Christ would have it so. We must keep our minds above the corruption of anger or hatred or of ambition; for it is this that lies in wait for us when our religious zeal is in full course. May the Lord Jesus ever more richly endue you with His Spirit every day for His own glory and the good of mankind” To Luther May 30 1519.
Again to Luther he wrote on August 1 1520 “It is a serious matter to challenge men who cannot be overthrown without a major upheaval. And I fear upheavals of that kind all the more, because they so often burst out in a different direction from what was intended. If a man lets in the sea it is not in his power to control where it should go. .. I wish you could write a treatise on some part of Holy Scripture and keep personal feelings out of it. It may be in the meantime that this turmoil will die down.”

Proverbs 11:12 Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense, but a man of understanding remains silent.

It is a great quote.. and provokes light not heat.
Steve

selahV

Peter: "Keep reminding them of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen...Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. Their teaching will spread like gangrene." II Tim.2:16,17a.

I was reading this passage this morning and all the blogs and comments came to mind. Sometimes I think we'd all do well to avoid godless chatter--ignore some blogs and their comments and hosts. For me, I've found little is gained by commenting on some blogs. And even less is gained by commenting on others. Some are a sheer waste of the time the Lord has alotted me. selahV
p.s. this is not one of my wasted moments. :^)

peter

Steve,

What a tremendous pair of quotes and how timely! Just what our blogging community needs, I think. I shall ponder them today.

Incidentally, quoting Erasmus is bold in itself. We tend to forget he was, if not the most noteworthy, surely among the very top, influential authors of his day.

Hope today, Steve. With that, I am...

Peter

peter

SelahV,

I agree wholeheartedly that, if we are not careful, we will become consumed by the chatter on the internet. It's drawing power is tremendous. Also, I learned early on that, if I think for a moment I will change the mind of chatter with whom I contend, I contend for naught.

Rather, my hope is I will verbalize for those who've silently wearied because either or both their heart and view is trampled by the chatter.

Peace today, SelahV, and hope for the night. With that, I am...

peter

colin

Peter,

Great word.

Rather, my hope is I will verbalize for those who've silently wearied because either or both their heart and view is trampled by the chatter

I feel compelled by this notion more often than I do not, and otherwise I think I would leave the commenting altogether.

colin

The quote of you above should have been in italics.

And, the comments would be at the sites SelahV references.

selahV

COLIN & PETER: You both are so very CORRECT! If not for some folks who contact me I wouldn't even go to some sites. And there is a silent group of folks who dare not tread the waters of many blogs--which is exactly why I wade in only to my waist. I am careful not to get in above my neck on several. It's bad enough finding out the shallow waters are filled with sharks and predators seeking only to bite my ankles and nip my kneecaps and send me back to shore to collect seashells. I'm truly glad to see you guys surfing and treading those deeper waters so we less experienced swimmers can at least catch the driftwood on the shorelines. selahV

Tim Rogers

Brother Peter,

Great words. Many of us take the names, but they still hurt.

Check out this comment;
http://rebekah1.wordpress.com/2007/04/18/what-does-it-mean-to-cooperate-within-the-association/#comment-853

Now check out this one;
http://rebekah1.wordpress.com/2007/04/18/what-does-it-mean-to-cooperate-within-the-association/#comment-854

What really gets me is when lawsuits are threatened.

Blessings,
Tim

SelahV

TIM: You just keep being the Godly man you are, dear Brother. Just because someone says these things and calls you insulting, demeaning names doesn't mean you deserve them nor that they carry any weight with others. I don't even know you, really. Just from your comments here and there. And if I read every one of your posts from your archives, I figure that it is possible I might even find a few things with which I disagree. (as you could with mine, should you visit me). But that doesn't mean you are any less a Christian--or the least bit stupid as BSC's comments imply. I try to consider the source, Tim, in all the foolish words slung in my direction and toward others I consider my kindred in the Lord.

God bless you and protect you from these fiery darts. selahV

Tim Rogers

Sister Selah V,

Those are nothing. I am used to them and have a pretty tough hide. I just wanted others to see that when one reverts to these tactics it usually is because they are caught with their hands in the cookie jar.

Thanks for the kind words. And my I remind you, as I know you are aware, I do not agree with my wife on everything. However, we work through our disagreements because of a greater work that was accomplished within us.

Blessings,
Tim

volfan007

hey peter,

i'm constantly attacked and called all kinds of things at blogs. you have to have a tough hide in this world...a tough hyde but a tender heart.

david

SelahV

Good Monday morning Tim: I wonder, don't you think that some people have no desire to work through differences though? they are satisfied in their own "rightness"? blessings to you. selahV

Michael Westmoreland-White

Just a brief note, Peter, to let you know that I recently called you a GOOD name on my blog.
Grace to you and peace,
Michael

peter

Michael,

I read your latest post. Thanks for the positive words. Know also you stand welcome here, though I realize we disagree at times.

Too often, those who dissent from the bloghost's views and/or the commenting community's position find it difficult to enter a forum without heavy amour firmly in place. I hope we ever dialog here with no need for such.

Peace to you. With that, I am...

Peter

doug munton

Peter,
I'm sorry to reply so late to your post. Just wanted you to know how much I appreciate it. I've seen your comments around the blog world and like your kind spirit and sharp thinking. I'd like to see more folks connecting a "kind spirit" with "sharp thinking". Blessings, Doug Munton

Debbie Kaufman

After reading the comments on "Loving One's Enemies" this post and the comments(which makes the title ironic) have me scratching my head.

Debbie Kaufman

I should say this along with blogs begun have me scratching my head.

peter

Debbie,

Glad you are still peeking here. As for the two comments, unfortunately it is not obvious to me what you are attempting to say. Sorry.

Peace this evening. With that, I am...

Peter

Debbie Kaufman

Peter: I know you to be a very intelligent man. I think you know exactly what I mean. Yes, I still peek.

peter

Debbie,

Know I do thank you for your confidence, but I assure you, Debbie, I cannot put it together.

Have a great evening. With that, I am...

Peter

p.s. Poor old Wiley. And he was so well loved by your community only a year ago :^) (Hint: I finally got around to logging in at Wade's)

Debbie Kaufman

He still is Peter.

Debbie Kaufman

And there is no "my community." Anyone who is a born again Christian is in "my community". You are loved as well Peter.

peter

Debbie,

Good morning, my sister (older or younger I'll never explore:^)

Of course, I think you realize the "community" to which I was referring was the blogosphere in general and Wade's blogging/commenting community in particular. No attempt was made to distinguish between regenerate and non-regenerate, I assure.

I trust your weekend well, Debbie. I hope also our Wade preaches with both clarity and power on the Lord's Day.

With that, I am...

Peter

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