Hello. My name is John Mark Comer. I make things with words.

John Mark Comer
Garden City

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What does it mean to be human?

We've all heard it said: It's who you are that matters, not what you do.


Where do the scriptures teach that?

After all, from the first page of the Bible forward, human beings were made to rule over the earth, to gather up the raw materials of planet earth, and carve out a world.

Theologically rich, yet down to earth and practical, Garden City speaks to all of us who are searching for our calling in life or just trying to find meaning in the everyday. In the end, this book is an invitation to ask the ancient, primal human question: Why am I here and what should I do about it?

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About John Mark

John Mark Comer

I live in Portland, OR, with my wife Tammy and our three kids – Jude, Moses and Sunday. Portland is this great city in the Pacific Northwest buzzing with culture - food, drink, coffee, indie bands, and lots of depressed people. I love it.

I'm the pastor for teaching and vision at Bridgetown Church, right in the center of the city (by Powell's Books if you've ever been to Portland). We're part of a family of churches spread across the greater Portland area. We have this saying - "In Portland as it is in heaven" - that basically sums up what we're all about.

I'm also the author of a few books; My Name is Hope, Loveology, and my most recent is Garden City with Zondervan.

As for education, I have a Masters Degree in Biblical and Theological Studies from Western Seminary, and I hope to keep going eventually.

If any of the stuff on this site is helpful to you, great. My life's ambition is to learn Jesus' teachings, become more like him, and carry on his work in the world. My prayer is that the stuff I make helps you do the same.

Recent Blog Posts

Five things to watch out for in times of hardship

Posted Saturday, June 18th, 2016 in Thoughts on Life

I woke up Sunday morning to the horror of 49 killed, and 49 hospitalized in the massacre in Orlando. And the crazy thing? I wasn’t shocked. Or even surprised. Mass shootings have become a “new normal” in our country. Heinous,… Continue Reading

Five things to lean into in times of hardship

Posted Saturday, June 18th, 2016 in Emotional Health

This post is Part 2 of a few left over thoughts I ran out of time for in our latest teaching series on the problem of evil. The question we’re asking is: how do we suffer well? We just covered… Continue Reading

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