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Thank You for Commenting

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After a hiatus of nine months, I started blogging again in December 2014. Since that time, readers have posted almost 22,000 comments — an average of seven comments per post. I want to thank those of you who take the time to comment. I appreciate your thoughtful participation. I don’t have the time or energy to respond to every comment, but I do read them. Your support is greatly appreciated.

I haven’t explained my view of commenting in a while, so let me do so now. I know some of you participate on blogs where the owner responds to every comment.  I wish I could do so, but physically I can’t, nor do I want to just hurriedly leave thank you, thank you, and you too comments.  On any given day, I have a small time-window for taking care of writing and blog maintenance. I am committed to writing on an almost-daily basis, along with maintaining series such as Sacrilegious HumorSongs of SacrilegeTales From the Appalachian Foothills, Independent Baptist SongsGod’s True Church, and the Black Collar Crime series.  By the time I am done writing for the day, I am exhausted and ready to retire to my recliner so I can watch whatever game is on TV that night. Typically, I don’t do much writing on the weekends. Polly works nights — 6 pm to 2 am — so the only time we have to socialize, travel, or goof off is on weekends. As many of you know, I am a photographer. I like to take day road trips on Saturday or Sunday. Last Sunday, we spent a good part of the day traveling the back roads of northeast Indiana. Polly drives, and I look for photo opportunities. Most of all, I enjoy spending time with Polly and Bethany away from home.

The commenting section is yours. Please use it to share your thoughts. If you want or need me to specifically respond to your comment, please make that clear. HEY BRUCE in all caps really helps! I will, if needed, respond to Fundamentalist commenters. But even here, some of you are quite skilled at responding to Evangelical zealots and apologists, and I hope you will continue to do so. Unlike preachers in the churches many of us grew up in, mine doesn’t have to be the only voice. Diversity of thought and opinion is always welcome, even if I might disagree with you.

Top Thirty All Time Commenters

  • Brian Vanderlip
  • ObstacleChick
  • Bruce Gerencser
  • Geoff
  • Troy
  • Steve Gupton (deceased)
  • Melody
  • Becky
  • Michael Mock
  • Karen the rock whisperer
  • Zoe
  • John Arthur
  • Ami
  • Trenton
  • Matilddaa
  • Angiep
  • Anotherami
  • Kittybrat
  • Ian
  • JD Matthews
  • JR
  • Lynn
  • Jada
  • Rachel
  • Rebecca (banned)
  • Suzanne Tickemeyer
  • Sgl
  • Charles (banned)
  • Scott

Top Thirty Commenters 2019

  • ObstacleChick
  • Bruce Gerencser
  • Brian Vanderlip
  • Kris
  • Caroline
  • Troy
  • Hugh Young
  • Matilda
  • Maryg
  • GeoffT
  • Becky
  • Karen the rock whisperer
  • Zoe
  • Carolk
  • Charles
  • Dave
  • Angiep
  • Darcy
  • Jen
  • Ami
  • MJ Lisbeth
  • przxqgl
  • Rachel
  • John Arthur
  • Michael Mock
  • Trenton
  • Julie Snider
  • That Other Jean
  • Autumn
  • Byroniac

I added a Top Commenter widget on the front-page sidebar. The comment count numbers are for the year.

Currently, five people are banned from commenting. Over the calendar year, the banned list grows. At the first of every year, I delete all the banned IP addresses and email addresses, giving the people previously banned an opportunity to try to play well with others. Most become repeat offenders. In the four and a half years I have been writing for this iteration of my blog, I have only permanently banned one person: Rebecca.

Updated Commenting Policy

All commenters are expected to use a functioning email address. The use of a fake or non-functioning email address will result in your comment being deleted.

Pseudonyms are permitted. Please use one, and only one, pseudonym when commenting on this blog. People using more than one will have their comments deleted.

All first-time comments and comments with more than one HTML link are moderated. Depending on the time of day, it might take hours for me to approve your comment.

Before commenting, please read the ABOUT page to acquaint yourself with my background. You might also want to read the Dear Evangelical page and the WHY page

The following type of comments will not be approved:

  • Preachy/sermonizing comment
  • Bible verse-quoting comment
  • Evangelizing comment
  • I am praying for you comment
  • You are going to hell comment
  • You never were saved comment
  • You never were a Christian comment
  • Any comment that is a personal attack on me personally, my family, or the readers of this blog
  • Any comment that is not on point with what the post is about
  • Any comment that denigrates abuse victims

I write about issues that might not be child-friendly. Please be aware of this. I also use profanity from time to time, and I allow the use of profanity in the comment section.

The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser is not a democracy where visitors have a right to say whatever they want. This is my personal blog and I reserve the right to approve or disapprove any comment. When a comment or a commenter is abusive towards the community of people who read this blog, I reserve the right to ban the commenter.

If you can be respectful, decent, and thoughtful, your comments will always be approved. Unfortunately, there are many people — Evangelical/Fundamentalist/IFB/Conservative Catholic Christians in particular — who have a hard time playing well with others. Using a passive-aggressive approach in the comment section will not be tolerated and will result in a permanent ban.

This blog is also not a place for hardcore atheists to preach the gospel of atheism. While I am an atheist, some of the people who read this blog are not. Frank, honest, open, and passionate discussion about religion, Christianity, and Evangelicalism is encouraged and welcome. However, I do expect atheists not to attack, badger, or denigrate people who still believe in God. If you are respectful, decent, and thoughtful, you will be fine.

Generally, I will post one comment from a preachy, Bible-quoting, evangelizing Evangelical. If this describes you, please make sure you say all you need to say in your comment. By all means, say whatever it is you think “God” is leading you to say, but understand that no further comments will be approved once you have said your piece.

My writing is direct and pointed, and so is my response to comments. Please do not confuse my directness and pointedness with me attacking you or your religion. This is a grown-up blog, so cries that I offended you or “attacked” your religion will fall on deaf ears.

If you can play by these rules, I hope you will become a part of our community and join the discussion.

If you have further questions about the commenting policy, please use the contact form to email me.

About Bruce Gerencser

Bruce Gerencser, 62, lives in rural Northwest Ohio with his wife of 41 years. He and his wife have six grown children and twelve grandchildren. Bruce pastored Evangelical churches for twenty-five years in Ohio, Texas, and Michigan. Bruce left the ministry in 2005, and in 2008 he left Christianity. Bruce is now a humanist and an atheist. For more information about Bruce, please read the About page.

Thank you for reading this post. Please share your thoughts in the comment section. If you are a first-time commenter, please read the commenting policy before wowing readers with your words. All first-time comments are moderated. If you would like to contact Bruce directly, please use the contact form to do so.

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