"Make a mistake in the interpretation of one of Shakespeare's plays, falsely scan a piece of Spenserian verse, and there is unlikely to be an entailment of eternal consequence; but we can not lightly accept a similar laxity in the interpretation of Scripture. We are dealing with God's thoughts: we are obligated to take the greatest pains to understand them truly and to explain them clearly."

- D.A. Carson
Mark's Bio


Name: Mark
Hometown: Houston Texas
Place of birth: Houston Texas
Family stats: Wife: Danielle
Kids: Aaron 9, Bethany 7, Caleb 5, Elisabeth "Bess" 21 months, our 5th is due in April 2008
Occupation: Business Manager
Age: 39
Denomination: Southern Baptist
Calvinist or Arminian: Yes
Eschatology: Historical Premillennial / Prewrath
Favorite quote: "The Church exists for no other purpose but to draw men into Christ. . . If they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time. God became man for no other purpose. It is even doubtful, you know, whether the whole universe was created for any other reason." - C.S. Lewis
Favorite movie: Saving Private Ryan, LOTR, Last of the Mohicans
Favorite book: The Book of James (for now).
Beyond the Bible: The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard
Nomination for honorary thinkling: My awesome wife Danielle
Favorite author: JRR Tolkien, Wayne Grudem, John Stott, Ravi Zacharias
Favorite ice cream flavor: Black Walnut
Style of music: Christian Alternative
Best artist: Lifehouse, Delirious?
Others I like: Falling Up, Pillar, Red, Kutless, Chris Tomlin, David Crowder
I respect: Michael W. Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman
First Car: Chevy Chevette
Testimony: "Testimony is not a synonym for autobiography. To witness is to speak of Christ." J.R.W. Stott
My testimony is a story about a glorious savior who chose me and wouldn't let go no matter how hard I tried to escape. I can't remember a time when He didn't hold me tight in His hand. Even when I was running away.
Which muppet most represents me: Ernie
Best president: Ronald Reagan "He won the cold war without firing a shot."
Unusual Fact: I startle easily when someone or something (my multiple alarms) wakes me up.
Area of Expertise: I'm a generalist. I know very little about a lot of different things.
Areas of interest: systematic theology, Biblical history, culture and geography, management philosophy, education leadership
Superpower: Invisibility
Thinkling title: The answer to this question is better left to my Thinkling brethren.
Nickname: Blo (childhood nickname)
Education: BBA - General Business from the University of Houston - Downtown
Last Good Book Read::
Last Good Movie Seen:: Amazing Grace, (Also, the 1989 Fred Savage movie, "The Wizard". The movie features a lot of old BoDeans songs and some classic Super Nintendo games. It was free on cable.)