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.

  • Karen

    age: 50

    from: Bedford, IA

  • http://god-at-the-center.blogspot.com Chris

    Age: 32
    From: Columbia, SC

  • Barrett

    Barrett Young
    La Plata, MD

    Reader and tweeter.

    Cotton-headed ninny muggins? Wow. That hurt.

  • Cotton-headed ninny muggins

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

  • http://tinyurl.com/delgadoj jason d.

    age 26
    from Fort Worth, Texas (no i don’t ride a house) ;)

  • http://tinyurl.com/delgadoj jason d.

    uh i meant horse (not house)

  • Pattie

    Age 46, Philadelphia area

  • http://www.tonydye@wordpress.com Tony D.

    I am from Enterprise, Alabama.

    age: 52 in pastor’s years

  • http://loveinthetruth.blogspot.com Trevor

    Trevor Peck
    Echo Bay, On, Canada
    Go Maple Leafs, Go Dolphins, Go Yankees, Go Tar Heels, Go #24…pretty much a glutton for punishment!

  • http://www.mestudios.net micahellis

    Micah Ellis – Age:29
    Graphic Designer from Hope, Maine

    Thanks for your blog and your music!

  • http://www.blogofdan.co.uk Dan

    Dan Green
    Surrey, England

  • http://chosenforgrace.blogspot.com Matthew

    Matthew Robbins
    Cincinnati, OH

  • http://pdb.homelinux.net Paul B.

    Age 27, living in Lakewood, Colorado, a suburb of Denver.

  • Megan M.

    I don’t feel comfortable giving exact answers, but I am a college student in Virginia.

  • Sonya

    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.

    • bluegrascowgal

      Ouch I'd rather have the horse! I don't feel like getting tumbled (pun intended; very sorry)

  • http://dsrowles.blogspot.com Dad Rowles

    dadrowles on twitter

    Sanford NC

    62 years young, going for 100

  • Graham


    London, UK

  • kathy hickey

    Age 59

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

  • http://lore.unskewed.com Lore

    Lore (Long E sound)
    Potsdam, NY

  • Sandy

    Stillman Valley, IL
    Love your blog by the way!

  • http://www.mightyanchor.com/blog Andrew



    Orlando, FL

  • http://www.mightyanchor.com/blog Andrew

    Oh sorry, I wanted to echo that I really enjoy reading your blog.

  • http://www.redeemerlynchburg.org Tim Sharpe

    Lynchburg, VA

  • Galephico

    Age : 26
    From Paris, France

  • http://intheclearing.blogspot.com Bob

    Age: 53
    from: Portland, ME

  • Sarah Altrogge

    Indiana, PA
    Your daughter in law (Mark) /sister in law (Stephen)

  • Jessina

    I’m 16 and I live somewhere on the east coast. :)

  • Jason

    Age: 21 2/3
    From Lebanon, PA, now in Philadelphia.

  • Justin

    Age: 23
    Hannibal, MO

  • Robert



    Roseburg, OR

  • Leslie

    Atlanta, GA!

  • http://pijohnsonblog.blogspot.com Isaac Johnson

    Stephen you crack me up

    26 years old
    Columbia, MO but moving to Louisville to attend Southern in August!!

  • http://laedelas.blogspot.com Laedelas

    Age: Unknown
    Location: Mirkwood

    I’d like to note that I am, in fact, reading blogs while wearing sweatpants in the middle of a Friday :-)

  • Peter

    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.

  • http://mayberry4me.blogspot.com/ Vicki

    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… :)

  • http://thecessacs.blogspot.com Amber

    Amber, 22, Houston

  • http://www.pollywogcreek.blogspot.com Patricia (Pollywog Creek)

    LOVE your blog, and guilty as charged!

    58 for one more month

    Small town in Florida

  • Kristen

    SE Minnesota
    I think this is my first comment, but I love this blog!

  • http://finfamclassical.blogspot.com Chris

    OK- just because you asked so nicely…
    Age 48, from Los Alamos, NM

  • Will

    Older than dirt

    Surprise, AZ

  • Marjorie

    Location-Ogden, Utah

  • Andy

    Age – nearly 480 months!
    Jefferson City, MO

  • Jennifer

    age – almost 32
    Massachusetts (Crossway Church) :-)
    I love this blog!

  • Ariane

    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!

  • Josh

    South Carolina

  • James

    Youngsville, NC

  • http://fromlaw2grace.blogspot.com/ Debbie

    age -52
    Castine, OH

    That wasn’t so bad! :)

  • http://whithersoever.tumblr.com/ Samuel

    Age 18
    FL / college in UT (BYU)

  • http://youngglory.blogspot.com Matt Blick


  • Michael Ochoa

    Michael Ochoa
    San Ramon, CA

  • John Mark

    Taylorsville (=rural), KY
    I enjoyed Mark’s interview with Mahaney.

  • Audrey

    Age: 15
    Indiana, PA

  • http://godmyexceedingjoy.blogspot.comj Violet

    Happy Valley, OR (suburb of Portland)
    Your blog always encourages and challenges me. Thanks.

  • http://ebprice.wordpress.com Amanda


  • http://pennypinchingpenguin.blogspot.com Audra Barrick

    wheeling, wv
    (hoping to come visit SGC Indiana soon with our little bundle! Miss you guys and LOVE this blog!)

  • Katherine

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

  • Kim

    Kim (one of your favorite Tennesseans)


    Knoxville, TN

  • Jack


    Lancaster, PA Crossway Church

  • http://racheldulaney.blogspot.com Rachel Dulaney

    Los Angeles, CA (currently residing in San Luis Obispo, CA)

  • http://www.nobody416.wordpress.com Olivia

    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.

  • http://reicheru.wordpress.com Rachael

    28, WA state, I really appreciate this blog; thank you ~

  • http://www.batteredbronzemirror.com Dan

    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.

  • http://www.morrison.net.nz Kris

    Age: 30
    From: Christchurch, New Zealand

  • http://www.artformpromotions.com Janet

    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.

  • Madonna

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

  • Ken

    Age 51

    From: Simpsonville, SC

  • http://libertasdesign.wordpress.com Abigail

    My name is Abigail, I’m 20, and from Churubusco, IN.

  • erin

    New York, New York (but always a indiana, pa girl at heart)

  • http://www.westbreedlove.com west

    13,106 days old
    Knoxville, TN

  • Leanne

    Age: 27
    From: Maryland

  • http://www.isaiah48.blogspot.com Kim

    Temple, TX

  • Mia

    Greenville, South Carolina

    Love your blog! And your twitter is hilarious.

  • wes

    charlotte, nc

  • wes

    charlotte, nc

  • http://hankinsd.blogspot.com Elizabeth


    About 50/50 on the sweat pants ;)

    Thanks for your honesty, transparency, & courage to speak the truth!

  • Clinton

    Clinton, 20, living in Cambridge, MA originally from Austin, TX.

  • Christine

    32, Freeland MI

  • Katherine


    20 going on 21!

    Auckers in Niu Zeeland (not Australia!) :)

  • Ed Wolff

    Ed Wolff
    Gatesville, Texas

  • Cathy

    Basking Ridge, NJ
    Thanks so much for your blog. I get a lot from it!

  • https://dailyspecials.wordpress.com/ Jason

    Scott AFB, IL

  • http://www.gcbchurch.org Jeff Brewer

    Jeff Brewer
    Roselle, IL

  • Regina

    Torrance, California

    Love the blog!

  • fredokie

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

  • Bill

    Age: 48

    The center of the Garden State

  • Jill

    Jill, 24, Chicago suburbs

  • http://vintage-kitchen-sink.blogspot.com/ Rachel

    Lancaster, PA

  • renee

    Jackson, MS

  • renee

    Jackson, MS 39204

  • http://www.theviewfrommychair,blogspot.com John


    Warrenton, VA

  • Dan

    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!

  • Judy



    Your blog is very encouraging!

  • http://www.beautyfromtheheart.ogr Hannah

    (Sweat pants! Who told?!?)

    On the Northerlyish side of the U.S.’s 2nd Southernmost state (TX.)

  • http://www.asacrificeofpraise.wordpress.com Emily

    27 for one more month. :)
    greenville south carolina

  • http://beneaththesurfacedream.wordpress.com/ Courtney

    Pasadena, CA
    (Sovereign Grace Church of Pasadena)

  • http://www.cross-core.blogspot.com/ John

    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.

  • Laura

    Kalispell, Montana

  • Jessica

    nice way to get people to comment for the first time haha

  • http://desireevanessen.blogspot.com Desiree

    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. : )

  • Margaret

    Margaret, 40, from Chicago but living in Hungary. Subscriber!

  • Sarah A

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

  • http://joannamuses.com Joanna


  • David

    From Australia but living in Omaha

  • Brenda

    Kilgore, Texas

  • http://taguelisa.wordpress.com Lisa

    Lisa, 43, Minneapolis MN

  • Debbie

    I am guilty…
    Dallas, Texas

  • http://www.boldlion.blogspot.com ‘Guerite ~ BoldLion

    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.

  • Ben

    Ben & Jan M.
    Indiana, PA

  • http://rickaldrich.xanga.com/ Rick

    Age 41
    Kenosha, WI

  • Debbye

    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!

  • Robert

    Robert B.
    44 years old
    Kittanning, PA

  • Steve

    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)

  • Tosha

    37… Greenville, SC…

  • http://www.psalm42-2.blogspot.com Stephanie

    Hey, I’m 24, and from Ontario, Canada. Love your blog – it’s always an encouargement. Keep up the good work!

  • Kristine

    Long Beach, California
    homeschooling mom of 4 boys
    enjoy your blog.

  • Nichole



    Kenosha, WI

  • Keri

    Oley, PA

  • http://www.beautyfromtheheart.org Lindsey

    Very amusing post. ;-) You have coaxed me out of my lurking– kudos to you! That’s not easy.

    Age: 17
    Location: Northern CA.

  • http://www.hastingshaven.blogspot.com Christina

    Y’all keep a great blog that encourages (and convicts) me quite often.

    Central Texas

  • Michelle W.

    Corona, CA

  • Maria

    48, Maryland

  • http://shepramsey.blogspot.com Josh S.

    27 yrs
    Taylors (just outside of Greenville) SC

  • Kathy

    Springfield, MO

  • http://www.bretcarroll.wordpress.com Bret Carroll

    Florence, AL

  • Anne

    Age: 22
    (Living Word Christian Ministries)

  • Alicia

    I’m a 30 year old pastor’s wife in Ohio.

  • Jane

    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

  • http://www.sixsteps.org/ Alex S. Leung

    Alex Leung
    Toronto, ON, CANADA…. but a student at SBTS!

  • Jeri Tanner

    51 years old from the Birmingham, AL area. Appreciate you guys greatly.

  • Christy Pinontoan

    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!

  • http://www.pilgrimscribblings.blogspot.com David Fisher

    A young 63-year-old from Peterborough, Ontario. I enjoy your posts and I have a link to The Blazing Center on my Pilgrim Scribblings. Keep writing!

  • http://margesweigart.wordpress.com Marge

    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!

  • Rebekah

    21. Lancaster, PA.

  • http://smallreflection.wordpress.com Greg W.

    Age: 20. Home is lovable Graham, NC. Currently an art student in SC ready to head home…

  • http://macmission.wordpress.com/ Bruce

    Age 41
    Empangeni in South Africa

    I enjoy this blog – thanks Stephen and keep up the good work!!

  • http://www.isaiah48.blogspot.com Kim

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

  • http://www.freejesus.wordpress.com brandon

    moore oklahoma

  • Jennifer

    Age: 18
    Place: Big Rapids, MI

  • http://www.sdsmith.net sd smith


    West Virginia

  • Tim

    Age: 22
    Location: Coventry, England, UK

  • Jenna

    Age: 24

    Lancaster County, PA

  • Joe

    Age: 36

    Butler, PA

  • Kristy B.

    Name: Kristy
    Age: 26
    Franklin, WV

  • http://rpevley.wordpress.com Ray

    Name: Ray
    Age: 29
    Lancaster, KY

  • Martin T

    Martin, 48, grace-junkie and worship leader in Warrington, UK.

  • Tom

    Age: 24

    Live: Plymouth, England!

  • Debbie

    Age: 50

    Chicora, Pa

  • Sue


  • http://www.weightuponthelord.com Barry

    Name: Barry

    Age: 43 (but feel at least 6 months younger)

    Wheaton, IL (Also known as the Evangelical Mecca…)

  • Emily



    Place: going to college in Iowa

  • http://blog.gtbc.org Josh

    Hillsboro, OR

  • Jason


    Cincinnati, OH

  • Devorah


    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 =).

  • Marny


    Loving your blog!

  • Johanna


    40 somethin’

    Indiana, PA home-base of the dynamic duo

  • Lydia

    Lydia, 18, currently in Japan,

  • sandy

    23 and hometown’s in california, though currently residing in ny

  • http://barrywallace.wordpress.com/ Barry Wallace

    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

  • Chris

    Age: 26

    Albuquerque NM

  • Joanne

    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?

  • Christine

    SAHM in the greater Chicago area
    age 48

  • Erin C.

    Age 22
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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

  • Watson


    rural west Alabama

  • http://www.trinitysmyrna.org Dan

    Dover, DE

  • http://shawngierling.blogspot.com Shawn

    Heath, OH

  • Tiffany

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

  • Robin

    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.

  • http://godordains.blogspot.com Kaylee Merwin

    Kaylee Merwin
    Age: 15
    TItusville, FL

  • http://www.facebook.com/TLRaySr Timothy Ray

    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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  • David McKay

    David McKay, aged 59 from Bathurst, Australia Piano teacher

  • http://www.michiganron.com Ron Wells

    Ron Wells
    Age: 38
    Petersburg, Michigan