“in essentials unity, in nonessentials diversity, but in all things charity.”

-Rupertus Meldenius (c. 1627 – German Theologian)


Scripture quotations (unless otherwise noted) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

OR they are the author’s own translation (NA27 as the textual basis for the NT)


The views and opinions expressed herein are personal and my own. They do not necessarily represent the positions held by my church, denomination, school, employer or anyone else in any anyway shape or form. As well, a quotation does not always indicate an endorsement of content, in fact, some times quite the opposite is true.

Any and all statements should in no way be considered professional advice, psychological, or financial counseling of any kind. It’s just me and my thoughts.

COMMENTS POLICY: (adapted from “Platform” ©2012 Michael Hyatt)

Web 2.0 is all about the conversation. But without a few simple ground rules, that conversation can turn into a shouting match that discourages others from entering into the fray. So here is my comments policy.

By posting on my blog, you agree to the following:

1. You may comment anonymously, but please don’t. It’s 100% up to you, but we’re looking for a dialogue here, let us know who you are. I’m trying to create a safe place you can be comfortable sharing your information.

2. You may post follow-up questions in the comments, and please do. If you have a question, chances are you are not alone. Others are likely thinking similarly. Therefore, I would rather receive your comments on my blog than via twitter, facebook, e-mail, etc. It is a better use of our time to address everyone at once rather than answer several similar communications over and over.

3. You may disagree with me. I welcome debate. However, I ask that if you disagree with me—or anyone else, for that matter— do so in a way that is with respect and charitable. In my opinion, there is way too much shouting in the public square to allow it here. Any name-calling will likely get you blocked.

4. I reserve the right to delete your comments. This is my blog. I don’t have an obligation to publish your comments. The First Amendment gives you the right to express your opinions on your blog, not mine. Specifically, I will delete your comments if you post something that is, in my sole opinion, (a) overly-snarky; (b) OFF-TOPIC; (c) libelous, defamatory, abusive, harassing, threatening, profane, pornographic, offensive, false, misleading, or which otherwise violates or encourages others to violate my sense of decorum and civility or any law, including intellectual property laws; or (d) “spam,” i.e., an attempt to advertise, solicit, or otherwise promote goods and services. You may, however, post a link to your site or your most recent blog post.

5. You retain ownership of your comments. I do not own them and I expressly disclaim any and all liability that may result from them. By commenting on my site, you agree that you retain all ownership rights in what you post here and that you will relieve me from any and all liability that may result from those postings.

6. You grant me a license to post your comments. This license is worldwide, irrevocable, nonexclusive, and royalty free. You grant me the right to store, use, transmit, display, publish, reproduce, and distribute your comments in any format, including but not limited to a blog, in a book, a video, or presentation.

7. No “third party comments” i.e. quotes more than a few lines or links to what someone else said somewhere else.

8. Overly long comments (200+ words) will likely be removed, especially if you are simply engaging in a monologue and not actually interacting with the present post/comments. Respond to the statements of the post, not what you assume I believe.

In short, my goal is to host interesting conversations with caring, honest, and respectful people. I believe this simple comments policy will facilitate this.

If you come onto my blog to simply push your agenda, I don’t feel compelled to help you. Now, if you want a genuine dialogue and want to discuss back and forth, please respond to what I’ve said, not what you think I’ve said.

With the exception of “guest posts” written by others (see the bottom of this page), I own the content on this Web site. It is copyrighted in my name. I want to strike the appropriate balance between getting my content widely distributed while at the same time protecting my intellectual property rights. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.


You are free to do the following without my permission:

Link to my site or any specific post on my site.
Extract and re-post less than 200 words total on any other site, provided you link back to my original post.
Print off my posts and make up to 50 photocopies, provided you include this copyright notice: “©(year of post) John M. Harris. All rights reserved. Originally published at” on every page of the document in at least 10-pt. font.

You must have my express written consent to do any of the following:

Use this content for commercial purposes, including selling or licensing printed or digital versions of my content.
Alter, transform, or build upon this work.

Re-posting and translating rights.

Due to Google’s system of evaluating web-sites, I do not permit the re-posting of my posts in their entirety.

I also do not allow the translation and publication of my work in other languages. There is no feasible way for me to maintain the quality of the work.

Guest posts.

Guest bloggers retain the copyright to the posts they write. The above permission guidelines do not apply to their work. If you are interested in re-posting or publishing their content, you must contact them directly. I will not serve as a broker, agent, or contact person.

If you have some use for my content that is not covered here, please contact me.