Speak Up!

You know who you are. You sit in the corner, quietly reading this blog, without ever leaving a comment. You think to yourself:

  • I don’t have anything to say!
  • They’ll laugh at me and call me names like “Cotton-headed ninny muggins”!
  • They’ll think that all I do is sit around in my sweat pants and read blogs all day!

Nonsense! (how many exclamation points can he use in this post?!?) Here at The Blazing Center we love comments. We may not be able to respond to them all, but we read and appreciate every one.

So I’m declaring today “Get To Know You Better” day. We’ll keep it simple. To help us know our readers better, leave a comment that includes:

– Your name (only first is necessary)

– Your age (if you feel comfortable)

– Where you’re from.

Does this feel like one of those cheesy team-building exercises where one person falls backward and the rest of the team catches him? Good! Let’s get started.

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I’m married to Jen, and I have three kids. I know a lot about Star Wars, and I live in a van down by the river. I’ve also written a number of books, which people seem to like.


  1. Cotton-headed ninny muggins says

    Name: Cotton-head N. Muggins
    Age: I don’t feel comfortable actually
    From: The Dim Fringes

  2. Sonya says

    Age 36 and living in the great state of Texas, city of El Paso. Like Jason, I too don’t travel by horse but I do ocassionaly hitch a ride on a passing tumble weed.

  3. kathy hickey says

    Age 59

    Not sure how I got your link for my Google Reader, but I love reading your blog!

  4. Peter says

    DFW, TX

    I’ve commented before, but infrequently. I generally don’t post too much if I don’t have much that’s useful to say, but still enjoy what you write.

  5. says

    37 for a few more days…
    SGC… Indiana, PA

    btw… I don’t sit around in my sweat pants all day long… usually it is my pj’s… :)

  6. Ariane says

    28 (just had a birthday, and I am realizing the older you get, the more you don’t look forward to them!)
    Dyer, Indiana

    And no this exercise is not cheesy- think about those cute Geico commercials where the sales guy is trying to build a trust relationship by falling back onto the tiny gecko!

  7. Katherine says

    I am 20 years old. My home is Dover, Delaware. But I am in college in Grove City, PA.
    I love this blog!!!

  8. says

    Were you just trying to get lots of comments to puff up your pride? Just kidding. :)
    I am a home school student from WAY up north (in the north of the most northern state that is not Alaska.) I think I might of commented once or twice, but it never hurts to comment again.

  9. says

    Dan Warne


    Born in KS, lived in Sinaloa Mexico for six years as an MK, now studying biblical counseling at TMC in Santa Clarita, CA. Going to lead worship in a church plant in small-town KS when I graduate at the end of this year.

  10. says

    Janet from Gaithersburg, MD


    Found your blog through twitter and really like it. I am a homeschool mom and read parts of your blog out loud to the kiddos.

  11. Madonna says

    Age: old in some peoples eyes – like mine!!!
    SGC, Indiana, Pa.; formerly Okla. City, OK,: formerly your dad/grandfather’s hometown of Mattoon, Illinois

  12. fredokie says

    61 in three weeks. Feel 21 in my brain but body brings me back to reality. 82 comments so far. What a record.

  13. Dan says

    Cape Girardeau, MO
    Keep it up, I am enjoying it!
    I read a lot of blogs but I’ve never commented before. But then again nobody has ever asked me to, either!

  14. says

    Age: 41
    From (currently residing at): Iwakuni, Japan

    More info to better know one blog reader:

    Although I have my own blog, I’m currently more of a blog reader than a blogger. My blog is mostly a collection of helpful things I find in the blogosphere (and elsewhere) that are worthy of posting, passing on, and preserving for ready reference. Paraphrasing words from Tony Reinke, I enjoy gathering spiritual gold from the blogosphere (and other sources) and sharing it on my blog.

    Here’s a list of blogs I try to regularly read:
    Albert Mohler’s Blog
    Between Two Worlds
    C.J. Mahaney
    Challies Dot Com
    Cloud of Witnesses
    Desiring God Blog
    Founders Ministries Blog
    Josh Harris
    Ligonier Ministries Blog
    Of First Importance
    Parchment and Pen
    T4G (whenver it’s updated)
    The Blazing Center

    Hope that helps you know a little more about one of this blog’s readers.

  15. says

    Desiree, 31, Houston. This blog has great grace-filled posts. And Stephen cracks me up. : ) I’d ask my hubby to consider moving to Indiana, but I don’t think there are any big chemical manufacturers there……. Oh well. Guess I’ll just keep reading the blog. : )

  16. Sarah A says

    I must be the 101st?
    My name is Sarah, I’m thirty years old and I live in Auckland, New Zealand – down down under. ;)

  17. says

    Name: ‘Guerite (pronoun “Greet”) That is my real nick name which is short for Marguerite (better not call me by my real name.) For my blog name is BoldLion. We all need to be Bold as a Lion for Christ! Born deaf but oral educated “talk”.

    Age: 44 years young and doesn’t look like one (most people thinks that I am in my mid 20’s) Still single!

    Live: Born and Raised in Wilson, NC Native Wilson County

    Church: Christ Baptist Church of Wilson

    I am a subscriber to your blog and love to read them. I learned a lot from you all. Thank you for blogging this.

    I do read a lot of other blogs too. I too have a blog and another blog for the Deaf which I need to update and write a blog to them.

  18. Debbye says

    Age: 54 years
    Location: West Palm Beach
    Member of a PCA church
    Mom of 3 — oldest is an officer in the Navy who deploys in two weeks (again) back to the Persian Gulf

    I love this blog and look forward to it every day!

  19. Steve says

    Steve, pronounced Steev

    50, and very comfortable, although I’ve been told I look much older, as well as younger. I guess it depends on who’s doin’ the tellin’

    Charlotte, NC, but born & raised in Lancaster County, PA

    I’ve posted a comment a time or two, but rarely miss a post.

    And I do just love those team building exercises (not really).

    Yea for Wilson, NC. Best barbecue in the world at Parker’s.

    (Thanks for the ideas, Guerite)

  20. Jane says

    and my hubby Bob, 33…..daily visitors
    from the sticks of Western PA
    and blessed not only by the blog, but as part of SGC Indiana, PA

  21. Christy Pinontoan says

    Age: 26
    Originally from Indonesia but currently live in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (interesting combination, you might think!:P)

    I’m greatly encouraged by your postings, please keep them coming!

  22. says

    Age 50
    Charlotte, NC

    I’ve known Mark since 1981 when I moved to Indiana and became part of the church. I also had the privilege of being his secretary for a couple of years. Great times!

  23. says

    PS…I thought my girls made it up that “Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins” was an actual phrase…you’ve proved them right…

  24. Devorah says


    Ontario, Canada

    I started reading this blog just a few days ago, but I am definitely one who is guilty of not commenting on blogs… I’m feeling convicted=P! Maybe I should change =).

  25. says

    I’ve followed your blog for quite some time, and added it to my blog roll last year when I started blogging. Here are my “vital statistics”

    – Barry Wallace
    – 53
    – Sikeston, MO

  26. Joanne says

    Name: Joanne
    Age: let’s just say I knew Mark Altrogge long before he was Pastor Dink from Dinkville.
    As I read this blog (lurk?) I try to figure out who is more hilarious; Mark or Stephen?

  27. Erin C. says

    Age 22
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Excellent Gospel-centred articles that i always forward to my friends. Keep up the good work.

  28. Tiffany says

    Better late than never, right?
    Tiffany, 28, from Omaha, NE (I don’t live near a corn field)

  29. Robin says

    I’m 48 and behind on many things in my life…including reading this blog which I get my e-mail. I have commented a few times, but mostly just read it and am blessed, encouraged, challenged, and sometimes humored by it. I appreciate what you guys are doing here.

    I live near Richmond in Chesterfield, VA.

  30. says

    You should not ask your bible anything try asking yourself what the people who wrote the bible were trying to accomplish and do some research on where the bible came from and where the stories in the bible came from. Ask your self if the bibles version of the truth is any different than all the other "holy text".


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