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1. Values
2. Disclaimer
3. Comment policy
4. Privacy policy
5. Licensing and sharing (copyright terms)

1. Values

We talk about the following things as guiding the issues we cover and the way in which we approach them:

  • Irenic. We want to be quick to listen and slow to get angry.
  • Self-critical. It’s much easier to criticise Those Other People than it is to acknowledge and work on our own blind spots.
  • Evangelical. Truth is incomplete without transformation.
  • Interdenominational. The Church matters and we all have things to learn from others’ backgrounds.

2. Disclaimer

This blog is part of the online world, and we expect readers to recognise the following aspects:

  • Online communication as a social environment. Our interactions in comments mirror real-world interactions. This involves things like being conversational, understanding the topic, asking questions, to and fro, brevity, and generosity.
  • The provisional nature of online content. We treat this blog as both a publication and a changing social environment, in which: the cumulative content is a conversation in progress; all posts and comments have a particular context; the validity and applicability of the content may change over time; the content is not intended to serve as stand-alone, comprehensive, or fixed statements.
  • The personal nature of this website. This is a personal blog. The views expressed here are ours as proprietors, except for the views expressed by other contributors, which are the opinions of those contributors (and not necessarily ours), and the views expressed in comments, which are the opinions of the commenters. These views are not representative of CMS Australia or other organisations.

While we’re not in the habit of moderating comments (see the comment policy below), you should be aware that:

  • Comments containing 2 or more links will be automatically held in a moderation queue for approval.
  • Comments containing certain patterns of text or links (e.g., lots of it) may get caught in the spam filter. If this happens to a legitimate comment of yours, you will need to consider the comment lost and submit another.

We do not claim ownership of images used here unless specified, and where necessary or appropriate we try to credit our sources.

If you as a reader see any content here that you deem inappropriate or harmful, or any possible unauthorised image use, please notify us so we can address any problems:

3. Comment policy

The comment policy below is derived from 8Bit ( Subject to change without notice.

This site provides the opportunity for visitors to communicate in the public domain through visitor-submitted, published comments. The nature inherent in online dialogue raises significant questions in the areas of privacy, responsibility, and ownership of data related to these published conversations.

It is our belief that you deserve to know your rights and responsibilities as a commenter on this site. You also deserve to know our rights, responsibilities, and intentions as site owners with regards to the comment-related data you freely provide. Consequently, this Comment Policy governs your responsibilities and discloses our intent with your comment data.

Audience. This site ( is intended for all ages.

Conduct. Commenters have the right to be presented with age-appropriate dialog and treated with both common courtesy and respect. If you believe this right has been violated, please notify the site owners. Conversely, commenters are expected interact with age-appropriate dialog and to treat others with common courtesy and respect.

Moderation. The site owners reserve the right to edit, delete, suspend, or publish comment data solely at their discretion.

Privacy. Comment data related to your real identity, such as name, URL, and email address will never be shared, bartered, or sold to third parties.

Anonymity. Commenters may comment anonymously. Real names are preferred. “Brand Names” and online personas are permitted.

Usage. Comment data is used for the express purpose of allowing visitors to participate in visible, public discussion on this site, and nothing else.

License to Publish. Commenters grant site owners a worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, and non-exclusive license to use comment data in any form of published work or performance including, but not limited to, web sites, digital eBooks, print, audio, video, live and broadcast events.

Legal Indemnity. Commenters agree to “hold harmless” site owners and authors from any and all legal repercussions, damages, and liabilities perceived to have been caused by participating in this site’s online conversations.

If you have a question or need to notify us of something, please contact us at

4. Privacy policy

The privacy policy below is derived from 8Bit ( Subject to change without notice.

The simple act of visiting a website leaves a trail of information, a “digital footprint,” about visitors like you. Sometimes this footprint is vague and preserves your anonymity and other times it is tied specifically to you and your real life identity.

If all you do is click around and read pages, the data captured about you is vague. If you leave a comment or sign up for a newsletter, the data captured about you is sometimes very specific. Almost all web sites on the web today collect data in this fashion about visitors, and this site is no different.

It is our belief that you deserve to know how we handle your information. Consequently, the Privacy Policy below is a disclosure concerning our intent with your data. It is not a legally binding contract. It is a statement of intent made in good faith.

Usage. Data is used for the express purpose of enabling you to read, respond to, and discover published content topical to this site (, and nothing else. Our monthly emails (‘support base’) operates independently of and on a strictly opt-in basis.

Duration. Data may be kept indefinitely.

Commerce. Data is never bartered or sold for commercial gain.

Advertising. Data is never given to advertisers.

Law Enforcement. Data is given to law enforcement only when legal process is followed.

Analytic. Data may be collected by analytic services.

If you have a question or need to notify us of something, please contact us at

5. Licensing and sharing (copyright terms)

Creative Commons License by Arthur Davis or Tamie Davis is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. Based on a work at

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