New Year, New Feature

On a pretty regular basis I get requests for new features in the comment section. With hundreds of comments posted each week, folks want more ability to edit, quote, search, etc. Basically, we’ve reached the point where the blog comment function is just not up to the needs of the ever-growing community who chat on here.

In recognition of that reality, I’m trying something new (or old depending on how long you’ve been hanging around here) by adding a forum that will host the comments on the blog posts as well as giving you all the ability to create off-topic discussions of your own.

You can find it here: You’ll need to register for an account before posting which should take all of 10 seconds.

This will give you all more power in how you comment and communicate but, as old uncle Ben said, that means you also have a greater responsibility. Post wisely.

For the time being, I’m leaving the comment section on the blog itself live until I can get the bugs worked out of the new software and see if it’s something that’s going to work for us. As always, feedback and suggestions are appreciated. I’m sure there will be a few bumps along the way.


63 thoughts on “New Year, New Feature”

  1. It’ll take some getting used to.
    Need some instructions on bring our gravitars over there. I couldn’t find it on the CP…

      1. a pox upon me for being a clumsy lout… ๐Ÿ˜ณ
        the other eye isn’t open yet and the one that is didn’t see that on the CP. ๐Ÿ˜Ž
        Thanks… what do you think of george’s Pic?

  2. My only concern is that the new site may be blocked when I got to school. *deep breath* Ok, confession time: I go to BJU.

    1. *when I go back to school* George, can you not pick on someone who hasn’t even had their coffee yet? Geez Louise.

      1. More than once, but it’s too late now. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ve come this far, and I’m not about to tuck tail and run now. ๐Ÿ˜† I am considering other colleges for grad school, though. Prayers for wisdom will be much appreciated. ๐Ÿ˜•
        *Psst, anyone got any suggestion for a good place to get a Masters in English (not teaching, though)?

        1. Anyplace accredited that will accept your BJU degree. Good luck with that!

          As a non-teaching BA in English myself, may I ask what you intend to do with an MA if you aren’t going to teach?

        2. …Good question. ๐Ÿ˜ I bought into that junk that I’d find my soulmate at college and I wouldn’t have anything to worry about. Duu-uh on me.
          Well, I’d love to work in some kind of publishing place, do proofreading work, be an editorial assistant maybe…? The one thing I know for sure is that I ADORE reading, analyzing things, research, and writing. It’s the talent God gave me, so I’m going with that for now, I ‘spose.
          I’m going to show my ignorance and say I don’t really know what it is to be accredited. >_>
          Sorry I’m hijacking the thread. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

        3. Oh crap you are in deep. ๐Ÿ™

          If you want a job using your degree outside of fundyland, then you need a degree from a school that is recognized as providing a legitimate education. That process is called accreditation, and BJU refuses to go through that. They’d rather take your money and give you a degree that is only slightly more credible outside fundyland than if you’d printed it out in your basement. It’s going to be difficult to find an accredited school that will accept your BJU BA as a basis for beginning your MA.

          I got an English degree because I liked to read. I didn’t have a plan either. Now I drive a truck. Good thing I always wanted to be a truck driver as a kid!

        4. A inventive way of getting into an accredited school would be transfer to Liberty (because they will accept most if not all your credits from BJU). You will have to take some courses from there but then you can have a better chance of getting into grad school in the real world. If it’s not too late, transfer there for your final semester and kill two proverbial birds with one stone. Get out of the Uber Fundie world and get credit for doing so….

        5. Wow guys… this accreditation thing is a big issue for some of you. Are you saying the accreditation that BJU recently acquired is not recognised?

          I just finished a postgrad degree in Australia and am working on a research degree and my BJU BA has never been an issue for a moment. Perhaps it’s different in the US…

        6. @Don: That is a good idea, and thank you much. ๐Ÿ™‚ The time and expense with the college-hopping may be a problem though… ๐Ÿ˜•
          This week, I’m going to write down a lot of questions and call a university that I like the looks of. I’m in Creative Writing/English right now, and this other university has a Masters for Creative Writing/poetry concentration. That looks promising. Maybe.

        7. Wow guysรขโ‚ฌยฆ this accreditation thing is a big issue for some of you. Are you saying the accreditation that BJU recently acquired is not recognised?


          You may want to go back and read “College week,” seven posts from back in August for more Horror tales of the “National” -v- “Regional” Accrediation scandal.

          Good Luck in in your future endevors. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

        8. I have a friend who went to PCC. He took his business degree to Florida state. They accepted his degree. He got his Masters from Florida State. It worked well for him.

        9. Hey, here’s a site with info:

          And Maranatha is also regionally accredited. If transferring is an option, it might be worth it, depending on what you want to do with your degree. Accreditation will matter more for some careers than others. If grad school is in your future, strongly consider getting an accredited degree – it will give you *many* more options for grad school.

        10. I understand it’s been an issue for some, but I’m having a lot of difficulty believing that it’s the massive issue that some are making it. I have lots of friends from my time at BJU that were accepted into grad schools… med school, prestigious music schools, research, etc. I really honestly don’t have a single friend for which their BJU education wasn’t either a neutral or a bonus in terms of career to my knowledge.

          Of course I’m not saying that invalidates the concerns of those who did have trouble, but compared to pretty much every other university in Fundamentalism, I would think BJU has the best track record by far in this area and has taken major steps toward improving in recent years.

          People go to BJU for a reason. There are some unique things they hope to gain from this setting… that there is a trade off at times is a fact of life. For instance, I’m pursuing an academic career. That my theology degree from a very small bible college means almost nothing in that setting is not a source of bitterness for me. It is a fact of life that I was aware of when I chose to enrol at said small bible college.

        11. @Naomi,

          I checked out that site. I could not find the name of the proprietor. Do you know who runs it? Seems very odd not to have the name on the “About” page.

        12. Jason, isn’t it true that your post grad and other degrees are done through Fundamental Baptist colleges? Why would you have a problem?

        13. Jason, it depends on when you went. These days, with Internet diploma mills, regionally accredited schools are a lot pickier than they used to be. You can’t teach in 35 states with an education degree from BJU – unless you want to live in poverty working for dying Christian schools. Ultimately, is it worth it? There are some schools that will take BJU grads if their gre and other post-collegiate tests are good. That doesn’t mean they’ll take anybody. You have to do a lot of talking to get into any university in the NC system. Also, SC teaching credentials aren’t reciprocal in many states. In this economy, it’s pretty tough, why make it harder by having a degree that many people won’t recognize.

        14. but compared to pretty much every other university in Fundamentalism, I would think BJU has the best track record by far in this area and has taken major steps toward improving in recent years.

          Actually Liberty takes the honors as the premiere Fundie accredited university.

        15. @exIFB,

          My theology degree is from a small Fundamentalist Bible college, but my MA and current research degree are at a secular Australian university.

          @Dan Keller,

          Valid point. I graduated in 2004.


          Wow. It’s been a long time since I’ve heard someone call Liberty a Fundamentalist school. I’m pretty sure they’d be slightly uncomfortable with such a label…?

        16. Jason, I do know who runs the accreditation site, and they post here. I’ll let them know you’re wondering and maybe they can start a thread about it on the forum. Plenty of other people put their names on their stories on that site…

          It’s great that people you know didn’t have problems, but a lot of other people have had problems, some severe and life-altering, which really sucks. It would be better to go to a real accredited school, not the ‘best’ of the ones that could cause major problems! Not that the Bob is even the best: MBBC and Liberty are both regionally accredited fundy options.

        17. Hey Jason,

          I run the site. If you have questions feel free to contact me. By the way I’m more then happy to post positive stories on my site as well.

          As to why my name isn’t used? Well I am hoping that eventually I won’t be the only author. So I didn’t think my name was relevant. But I’m not hiding it from anyone.

    2. So this site is not blocked? I was always under the impression that any BJ students visiting this site must be off campus.

      1. Nope. I’m dormie, and I’ve been able to access this site the whole past semester. Admin may have not sniffed it out yet.
        If there’s a huge number of dorm students coming to the site, though, that might catch their attention. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ I hope not.

    3. after I finished my bachelor’s degree at BJU and “God’s special plan for my life” did not come along and rescue me like it was supposed to, I enrolled for a year of grad school until I got married. Marriage rescued me from living with my mom and dad with no idea what to do with my life. Instead I lived with my husband with no idea what to do with my life. Or my degrees. Life has finally worked itself out. I have a nice online business that has nothing to do with my BJU education.

      1. I’ve never used mine degree in its capacity. It’s helped me get other jobs until I eventually went back to my first love of cosmetology and that’s where I am now.

    4. Jason Harris,

      Things may very well be different in Australia,don’t know. Do know how things are here in the states. SC passed a law in 1992, that was first implemented in 2002 that changed the ground schools like BJU operate on. This law was further amended in 2007. There is legislation pending in the state legislature to further amend that law. Right now, SC still does recognize BJU educational degrees. Many, other states do not. People in your own extended family, have had a lot of difficulty. Oh and before you get on Mark for not using his whole name, use yours.

  3. Thanks so much, Darrell. This is very thoughtful and will be of real use to people who regularly come here. ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Just logged on and I think it looks cool. IMO, the only thing you need is to give it a cooler color scheme. (Something with a lot of red & black perhaps?)

        1. Aye! PS, the forum wasn’t accessible to a friend on campus this morning. All forums exist for the sole purpose of picking up hookers, don’t you know? ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  5. It’s a little confusing right now, but I think we’ll get used to it. Thanks Darrell!! It’ll be a lot easier to follow a thread, and maybe I’ll be able to find where I posted a comment and actually be able to find out if someone answered me or not. Hard to do that right now.

  6. Darrell, I’m having a problem with the setting of the password. It keeps saying that my passwords match and I’ve checked them 5 times and they do.

    What do I do?

  7. Okay, Rob… I’ll try to say this as sweetly and ladylike as I can….

    Get your ASS over to the forum. I don’t see you over there yet and its not the same.


    1. Okay, my bad.. I just saw you in the member list. I hadn’t looked through that before.

      Good good. I’ll leave you alone, now. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    2. Okay, my bad.. I just saw you in the member list. I hadn’t looked through that before.

      I’ll leave you alone, now. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. You know…during the second world war there was a United States Marine Corps general by the name of “Howling Mad Smith”…well…my names not Smith, but I am Howling Mad…you might say, bent, ticked off…out of sorts…call it what you will, and if it’s sin, well…I’ll confess it later…

    I tried to register for the forum, and it isn’t working for me…

    That makes me…Hhhhowlinnnngggggg Maddddddd!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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