"Children are the only test of character that you cannot get rid of when you are tired or stressed and go do your own thing. You can take a break from a 'ministry' but not from a whole slew of little kids. You are up to bat all the time. You never see the dugout, much less the locker room. But it is way down in the nitty-gritty, knee deep in the nuts and bolts of everyday life, that God makes spiritual giants. Laundry and phonics and recipes are the stuff of greatness. "

- Jill Barrett
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.)