To The Bestest Readers In The World-Wide Blogosphere

It’s Thanksgiving week and one of the things that Stephen and I are particularly grateful for is all of you who read our blog.

We want to say thank you for reading our blog, thank you for all your encouraging comments and emails. Thanks for your comments even when you’ve disagreed with us! Thank you even if you only “lurk around” as one person told me, and don’t leave any comments. Thank you for sharing our posts on Facebook and Twitter.  And thank you for assuring me time and again how cool yet age-appropriate I dress.

We’d love to hear any thoughts you have on how we could improve our blog, or topics you might like to see us address.  However, please don’t ask me to address any topics that have to deal with politics, nuclear physics, or gardening, as I’m woefully ignorant on those topics, though the one summer I had a garden I did manage to grow a softball-sized pumpkin on the end of a 200-foot vine that took up half my back yard.

Again, thanks for being the bestest readers in the whole world-wide blogosphere interweb!

photo by Cathdew

  • yitzhaklee

    Keep relating everyday life with the godly life. Make outlandish posts about how nuclear physics relates to the glory of God. Thanks for writing!

    • Mark Altrogge

      Thanks yitzhaklee (good name)! Guess I'd better pull out some of my old nuclear physics textbooks…

  • http://www.honeycombmusic.co.uk Vince

    Yo sure welcome pardner. Happy Thanksgiving to all the Aaaaltrooogeees!

    • Mark Altrogge

      Hey Vince,

      Somehow I can't picture you saying that with your accent. Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving to you. Wait. You don't celebrate Thanksgiving. Boxing Day?

      • http://www.honeycombmusic.co.uk Vince

        You'd be surprised. I am always practicing my mid-west accent. A "Happy Christmas and New Year" would be welcome in due course. Enjoy your festivities.

        • Mark Altrogge

          Now I can hear that…

  • JackW

    Thank you for the way you treat our comments with grace, dispite their sometimes questionable content.

    • Mark Altrogge

      Thanks Jack! Well, we receive tons of grace ourselves…..

  • http://speakingtothesoul.blogspot.com Nicole McLernon

    I love everything you guys write. I often tell people that this is one of the best blogs on the entire Internet. I so appreciate the fact that you mix Gospel truth with truth. I never know what I'll find here but I have never been disappointed yet. Keep up the good work!!

    • Mark Altrogge

      Thanks so much Nicole – very kind and encouraging words!

  • Abigail M.

    You guys are great! I really enjoy your blog. I'd really enjoy seeing some posts on enduring family conflict and simple, short explanations of important theological issues. Thanks for writing and happy Thanksgiving!

    • Mark Altrogge

      Thanks Abigail,

      If you can, and are up for it, maybe sometime you could email us a little more detail on the family conflict thing and mention any theological issues you might have in mind.

  • Ajay

    I’ve been uber blessed by the posts ya’ll have written, everything is relevant to what every Christian is or will face, keep it up, definitely serves alot of people

    • Mark Altrogge

      Thanks Ajay! We'll try.

  • mezmcconnell

    Thought I'd join the love in – I love your stuff!! End of.

    • Mark Altrogge

      Thanks mez! End of.

  • Mark Altrogge

    Thanks Louis! A father-son duo…hmmm. I'll have to talk to Stephen about that.

  • http://vyrso.com ann

    I have been encouraged by your blog and cant wait to check it out everyday. It keeps me thinking and laughing. I enjoy the humor and the appeal to be unified as Christians. I would love to see some posts on singleness, reformed theology, spiritual gifts, complementarism vs. egalitarian, biblical counseling, and anything else you have to share. Very thankful for you!! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    • Mark Altrogge

      Thanks ann for your kind words – wow, now those are some big topics – thank you for the suggestions…I'll add them to the list.

  • Mary Ann

    Thanks so much for the blog; love reading it! Always an encouragement!

    Now, if there are any teckkies out there…going to http://www.theblazingcenter.com really slows down my computer. However, if I go to it from a link on Facebook, it runs OK.
    Any thoughts?

    • Mark Altrogge

      I have no idea, Mary Ann – what browser do you use?

      • Mary Ann

        IE7 and Windows 2003

  • http://twitter.com/lidialimardo @lidialimardo

    I'm really thankful for this blog too! I've learned a lot and I've been encouraged so much and so many times. I've also laughed a lot!.. I mean, a lot!!! I've also been blessed by what I've seen in your relationship with your son Stephen… How you love, respect and learn from each other. Stephen is very blessed to have you and you have been blessed with a son like him. May God keep you both in the center of his will, that you may always bring glory to His name among the nations and the Blogosphere! :) Blessings!

  • Jonathan

    I really enjoy your mix of theological insight and goofy jokes. Thanks.

    There are tons of things that I'd be interested about.
    From Mark, I'm interested in his song-writing process (how does he come up with songs? what is the iterative process like), his insights over his time as a pastor (how has he grown/changed), his interactions with his sons (and spouses), wives (and spouses), etc.

    From Stephen, I'd like to know more about what it's like to be a young pastor. what is it like to shepherd men that are your grandfather's age?

    of course, any goofy stories are great, especially the ones that happen to you guys. the story about mark trying to figure out the telephone system made me laugh very, very hard.

    thanks again to you for publishing your thoughts. Happy thanksgiving!

  • Ruth

    Hi guys!
    I love your blog and so do my teenage kids. Although I do appreciate deep theological truths, there are lots of places to find that on the internet. I know this will probably disappoint you, but what I love about your site is the humor. It's really, really hard to find good clean humor, especially something appropriate to share with my kids. My sense of humor is a bit off the wall and I love the things you post.
    Now on to practical matters, I'm having the same problem as Mary Ann (above), that my internet window freezes up when I go to http://www.theblazingcenter.com, but I can click on individual posts if I click over from a posted link. I'm not technical at all, but I can only give you one clue. We have internet filters in place for our kids and the younger children with heavy filtering can go straight to your site. It may be something to do with ads or other links. ???