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My actual name is John Starke, not John Ploughman. John Ploughman is a reference to a book C. H. Spurgeon once wrote. My interests are Theology, Philosophy, the Bible,  Music, Church History, and baseball. I am married to a beautiful woman named Jena who is widely famous for her cooking and baking skills. I am a father to Corinne, Owen, and Noelle.  I work at The Gospel Coalition.

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  1. Liza Cassity permalink
    September 16, 2009 9:25 pm


    What if there was proof that the Bible was divinely inspired? What if the evidence for Biblical truth came from the last place you’d expect to find religious support?

    There’s a book coming out this October that provides such evidence, and—shockingly enough—the source is science.

    In THE GENESIS ENIGMA: Why the Bible is Scientifically Accurate, respected evolutionary biologist Andrew Parker seeks to cross the boundaries between the Genesis story and evolutionary theory by dissecting the parallels between the two accounts, piece by piece, to show that both sides are indeed compatible.

    THE GENESIS ENGIMA has already stirred much discussion and recognition in the UK—The Daily Mail calls it “Jaw-dropping… an astounding work.” I’ve looked over your site and I really think your readers would be interested in this book. I’d love to send you a copy for review and/or set up a Q&A if possible.

    Please let me know if you would like more information, or a copy of the book!


    Liza Cassity
    Publicity & Marketing
    Dutton, Penguin Group USA

  2. schreinerpatrick permalink
    November 10, 2009 12:05 am

    Hey I ran across your blog from Owen Strachan’s blog and I think you go to my dad’s church. I thought the title of your blog was neat b/c my wife has that book which does not have a publishing date but just a place, London. We think it may have been printed shortly after the time of Spurgeon. It is a neat looking book.

  3. jbstarke permalink*
    November 10, 2009 2:59 am

    Hey Patrick,
    I do go to Clifton! I have an old copy of the book from my wife’s grandfather. And I don’t know either when it was published.

    • Galen permalink
      March 28, 2010 4:54 pm

      He was a great grandfather. He and Spurge are probably on the beach by the crystal sea talking about it right now, since time is no longer applicable for them…


  4. toni roth permalink
    March 24, 2010 4:27 pm

    Hi Mr. Starke,

    This is a test comment to see if they publish immediately – or if you approve them first.

    Thank you,

  5. March 24, 2010 4:37 pm

    Okay – test confirmed. 🙂

    I apologize for contacting you on your blog. I was trying to send you an email, but cannot find your current email address. Would you mind emailing me your current email address? Basically I wanted to let you know we had mailed you some resources and I believe we have the wrong contact address for you in our system. I can explain more in the email.

    I am excited to have stumbled upon your blog. 🙂 I’m going to read through it now.

    warmly in Christ,
    toni roth

  6. April 17, 2010 11:51 pm

    Great looking blog.

  7. May 10, 2010 1:30 pm


    I couldn’t find an email address for you. Can you email me?



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