Mark Hart- The Bible Geek

Mark Hart – The Bible Geek

Mark Hart is a former teen, CORE member, and youth minister in LIFE TEEN, and now proudly serves as Vice President of LIFE TEEN. A graduate from the University of Notre Dame, and an author of three books, Mark’s creative work on videos and written resources are known internationally. In his free time, Mark travels the globe leading conferences, retreats, missions, and trainings for teens and adults alike.

Affectionately known as the “Bible Geek ®,” Mark is a man on a mission echoing the Good News to all he meets. He reaches tens of thousands of people weekly in his “Spread the Word” e-mails as he breaks open the Scriptures with humor and relevance, showing how they still apply to our modern lives. His fun-loving and comedic personality help him open teens up to scripture in a unique way, while bringing to light the depth of what it means to be a Catholic Christian.

Mark currently lives in Phoenix, AZ with wife, Melanie, the woman of his dreams and their two daughters, Hope and Trinity.

Mark has traveled throughout North America, Europe and Australia teaching and preaching the faith to hundreds of thousands of youth and adults. He has spoken at World Youth Days and dozens of Diocesan Youth Conferences and Eucharistic Congresses. His summers are spent evangelizing at Steubenville and Notre Dame Summer Youth Conferences, and through LIFE TEEN Camp experiences. In addition, Mark trains youth ministers at National LIFE TEEN Conferences and Retreat experiences, leads Parish Missions and speaks on college and high school campuses around the country.

An author, speaker, director and teacher, Mark’s work both written and spoken, is known across the country and world. While he serves as the Vice President of LIFE TEEN, he is known to tens of thousands simply as the “Bible Geek ®” Mark passionately echoes the gospel to all he encounters. He is as deep as he is funny, and his love for his wife and daughters is second only to his immense love for Jesus Christ.

Fourth Sunday of Advent – Sunday, Sunday, Sunday with Mark Hart

The Sunday, Sunday, Sunday Podcast is a reflection on the upcoming Sunday Mass readings presented by LifeTeen.com and hosted by Mark Hart. Sunday Readings from the USCCB Reading 1 2 sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16 Responsorial Psalm ps 89:2-3, 4-5, 27-29 Reading 2 rom 16:25-27 Gospel lk 1:26-38 The angel Gabriel was sent from God […]

Second Sunday of Advent – Sunday, Sunday, Sunday with Mark Hart

The Sunday, Sunday, Sunday Podcast is a reflection on the upcoming Sunday Mass readings presented by LifeTeen.com and hosted by Mark Hart. Sunday Readings from the USCCB Reading 1 Is 40:1-5, 9-11 Responsorial Psalm ps 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14 Reading 2  2 pt 3:8-14 Gospel Mk 1:1-8 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ the […]

First Sunday of Advent – Sunday, Sunday, Sunday with Mark Hart

The Sunday, Sunday, Sunday Podcast is a reflection on the upcoming Sunday Mass readings presented by LifeTeen.com and hosted by Mark Hart.

Sunday Readings from the USCCB

Reading 1 IS 63:16B-17, 19B; 64:2-7

Responsorial Psalm PS 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19

Reading 2 1 COR 1:3-9

Gospel MK 13:33-37

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Be watchful! Be alert!
You do not know when the time will come.
It is like a man traveling abroad.
He leaves home and places his servants in charge,
each with his own work,
and orders the gatekeeper to be on the watch.
Watch, therefore;
you do not know when the Lord of the house is coming,
whether in the evening, or at midnight,
or at cockcrow, or in the morning.
May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping.
What I say to you, I say to all: ‘Watch!’”

The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe – Sunday, Sunday, Sunday with Mark Hart

The Sunday, Sunday, Sunday Podcast is a reflection on the upcoming Sunday Mass readings presented by LifeTeen.com and hosted by Mark Hart. Sunday Readings from the USCCB Reading 1  WIS 3:1-9 Responsorial Psalm EZ 34:11-12, 15-17 Reading 2  1 COR 15:20-26, 28 Gospel MT 25:31-46 Jesus said to his disciples: “When the Son of Man comes in […]

IP#268 Mark Hart – Behold the Mystery on Inside the Pages

“Behold the Mystery: A Deeper Understanding of the Catholic Mass”, authored by the phenomenal Mark Hart, is perfect for all who wish to explore the mystery of the Catholic Mass. Leave it to the “Bible Geek” to steep us in the Scriptures in order to break open up our Sacred Liturgy of the Eucharist in a joy-filled, enthusiastic, life-sustaining way . He even, in the last part of the book, answers frequently asked questions, such as Why can’t I leave right after Communion? or Why did the words change? And be sure to check out Mark’s “10 things we can do to get more out of Mass”. Perfect for Catholics and non-Catholics alike. A “Holy, Holy, Holy” must have read.

Feast of All Souls – Sunday, Sunday, Sunday with Mark Hart

Mark offers teaching on the Feast of All Souls and the biblical understanding of Purgatory.

Sunday Readings from the USCCB

Reading 1 WIS 3:1-9

Responsorial Psalm PS 23:1-3A, 3B-4, 5, 6

Reading 2 ROM 5:5-11 or ROM 6:3-9

Gospel JN 6:37-40

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday, Sunday, Sunday with Mark Hart

The Sunday, Sunday, Sunday Podcast is a reflection on the upcoming Sunday Mass readings presented by LifeTeen.com and hosted by Mark Hart.

Reading 1 IS 45:1, 4-6

Responsorial Psalm PS 96:1, 3, 4-5, 7-8, 9-10

Reading 2 1 THES 1:1-5B

Gospel MT 22:15-21

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday, Sunday, Sunday with Mark Hart

The Sunday, Sunday, Sunday Podcast is a reflection on the upcoming Sunday Mass readings presented by LifeTeen.com and hosted by Mark Hart.

Sunday Readings from the USCCB

Reading 1 IS 25:6-10A

Responsorial Psalm PS 23:1-3A, 3B-4, 5, 6

Reading 2 PHIL 4:12-14, 19-20

Gospel MT 22:1-14

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday, Sunday, Sunday with Mark Hart

Gospel MT 21:28-32

Jesus said to the chief priests and elders of the people:
“What is your opinion?
A man had two sons.
He came to the first and said,
‘Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.’
He said in reply, ‘I will not, ‘
but afterwards changed his mind and went.
The man came to the other son and gave the same order.
He said in reply, ‘Yes, sir, ‘but did not go.
Which of the two did his father’s will?”
They answered, “The first.”
Jesus said to them, “Amen, I say to you,
tax collectors and prostitutes
are entering the kingdom of God before you.
When John came to you in the way of righteousness,
you did not believe him;
but tax collectors and prostitutes did.
Yet even when you saw that,
you did not later change your minds and believe him.”

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday, Sunday, Sunday with Mark Hart

The Sunday, Sunday, Sunday Podcast is a reflection on the upcoming Sunday Mass readings presented by LifeTeen.com and hosted by Mark Hart. Sunday Readings from the USCCB Reading 1  IS 55:6-9 Responsorial Psalm PS 145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18 Reading 2  PHIL 1:20C-24, 27A Gospel MT 20:1-16A Jesus told his disciples this parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like […]

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday, Sunday, Sunday with Mark Hart

The Sunday, Sunday, Sunday Podcast is a reflection on the upcoming Sunday Mass readings presented by LifeTeen.com and hosted by Mark Hart.

Sunday Readings
Reading 1 IS 56:1, 6-7
Responsorial Psalm PS 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8
Reading 2 ROM 11:13-15, 29-32
Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi and
he asked his disciples,
“Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”
They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah,
still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Simon Peter said in reply,
“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus said to him in reply,
“Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah.
For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.
And so I say to you, you are Peter,
and upon this rock I will build my church,
and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.
I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven.
Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven;
and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
Then he strictly ordered his disciples
to tell no one that he was the Christ.

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday, Sunday, Sunday with Mark Hart

a reflection on the upcoming Sunday Mass readings presented by LifeTeen.com and hosted by Mark Hart.
Reading 1 1 KGS 19:9A, 11-13A

Responsorial Psalm PS 85:9, 10, 11-12, 13-14

Reading 2 ROM 9:1-5

Gospel MT 14:22-33

After he had fed the people, Jesus made the disciples get into a boat
and precede him to the other side,
while he dismissed the crowds.
After doing so, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray.
When it was evening he was there alone.
Meanwhile the boat, already a few miles offshore,
was being tossed about by the waves, for the wind was against it.
During the fourth watch of the night,
he came toward them walking on the sea.
When the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified.
“It is a ghost,” they said, and they cried out in fear.
At once Jesus spoke to them, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”
Peter said to him in reply,
“Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”
He said, “Come.”
Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus.
But when he saw how strong the wind was he became frightened;
and, beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught Peter,
and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
After they got into the boat, the wind died down.
Those who were in the boat did him homage, saying,
“Truly, you are the Son of God.”

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday, Sunday, Sunday with Mark Hart

a reflection on the upcoming Sunday Mass readings presented by LifeTeen.com and hosted by Mark Hart.

Reading 1 1 KGS 3:5, 7-12

Responsorial Psalm PS 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-128, 129-130

Reading 2 ROM 8:28-30

Gospel MT 13:44-52

Jesus said to his disciples:
“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field,
which a person finds and hides again,
and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant
searching for fine pearls.
When he finds a pearl of great price,
he goes and sells all that he has and buys it.
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea,
which collects fish of every kind.
When it is full they haul it ashore
and sit down to put what is good into buckets.
What is bad they throw away.
Thus it will be at the end of the age.
The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous
and throw them into the fiery furnace,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.

“Do you understand all these things?”
They answered, “Yes.”
And he replied,
“Then every scribe who has been instructed in the kingdom of heaven
is like the head of a household
who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old.”

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday, Sunday, Sunday with Mark Hart

a reflection on the upcoming Sunday Mass readings presented by LifeTeen.com and hosted by Mark Hart.

Sunday Readings from the USCCB

Reading 1 IS 55:10-11

Responsorial Psalm PS 65:10, 11, 12-13, 14

Reading 2 ROM 8:18-23

Gospel MT 13:1-23

Jesus proposed another parable to the crowds, saying:
“The kingdom of heaven may be likened
to a man who sowed good seed in his field.
While everyone was asleep his enemy came
and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off.
When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well.
The slaves of the householder came to him and said,
‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field?
Where have the weeds come from?’
He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’
His slaves said to him,
‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’
He replied, ‘No, if you pull up the weeds
you might uproot the wheat along with them.
Let them grow together until harvest;
then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters,
“First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning;
but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday, Sunday, Sunday with Mark Hart

a reflection on the upcoming Sunday Mass readings presented by LifeTeen.com and hosted by Mark Hart.

Sunday Readings from the USCCB

Reading 1 IS 55:10-11

Responsorial Psalm PS 65:10, 11, 12-13, 14

Reading 2 ROM 8:18-23

Gospel MT 13:1-23

On that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down by the sea.
Such large crowds gathered around him
that he got into a boat and sat down,
and the whole crowd stood along the shore.
And he spoke to them at length in parables, saying:
“A sower went out to sow.
And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path,
and birds came and ate it up.
Some fell on rocky ground, where it had little soil.
It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep,
and when the sun rose it was scorched,
and it withered for lack of roots.
Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it.
But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit,
a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.
Whoever has ears ought to hear.”

The disciples approached him and said,
“Why do you speak to them in parables?”
He said to them in reply,
“Because knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven
has been granted to you, but to them it has not been granted.
To anyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich;
from anyone who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
This is why I speak to them in parables, because
they look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand.
Isaiah’s prophecy is fulfilled in them, which says:
You shall indeed hear but not understand,
you shall indeed look but never see.
Gross is the heart of this people,
they will hardly hear with their ears,
they have closed their eyes,
lest they see with their eyes
and hear with their ears
and understand with their hearts and be converted,
and I heal them.

“But blessed are your eyes, because they see,
and your ears, because they hear.
Amen, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people
longed to see what you see but did not see it,
and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.

“Hear then the parable of the sower.
The seed sown on the path is the one
who hears the word of the kingdom without understanding it,
and the evil one comes and steals away
what was sown in his heart.
The seed sown on rocky ground
is the one who hears the word and receives it at once with joy.
But he has no root and lasts only for a time.
When some tribulation or persecution comes because of the word,
he immediately falls away.
The seed sown among thorns is the one who hears the word,
but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word
and it bears no fruit.
But the seed sown on rich soil
is the one who hears the word and understands it,
who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.”

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday, Sunday, Sunday with Mark Hart

A reflection on the upcoming Sunday Mass readings presented by LifeTeen.com and hosted by Mark Hart.

Gospel MT 11:25-30

At that time Jesus exclaimed:
“I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for although you have hidden these things
from the wise and the learned
you have revealed them to little ones.
Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father.
No one knows the Son except the Father,
and no one knows the Father except the Son
and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am meek and humble of heart;
and you will find rest for yourselves.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul – Sunday, Sunday, Sunday with Mark Hart

The Sunday, Sunday, Sunday Podcast is a reflection on the upcoming Sunday Mass readings presented by LifeTeen.com

Gospel MT 16:13-19

When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi
he asked his disciples,
“Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”
They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah,
still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Simon Peter said in reply,
“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah.
For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.
And so I say to you, you are Peter,
and upon this rock I will build my Church,
and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.
I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of heaven.
Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven;
and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
whoever eats this bread will live forever.”

Corpus Christi – Sunday, Sunday, Sunday with Mark Hart

The Sunday, Sunday, Sunday Podcast is a reflection on the upcoming Sunday Mass readings presented by LifeTeen.com and hosted by Mark Hart.

Gospel JN 6:51-58

Jesus said to the Jewish crowds:
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven;
whoever eats this bread will live forever;
and the bread that I will give
is my flesh for the life of the world.”

The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying,
“How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”
Jesus said to them,
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood,
you do not have life within you.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
has eternal life,
and I will raise him on the last day.
For my flesh is true food,
and my blood is true drink.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
remains in me and I in him.
Just as the living Father sent me
and I have life because of the Father,
so also the one who feeds on me
will have life because of me.
This is the bread that came down from heaven.
Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died,
whoever eats this bread will live forever.”

BG12 Mark Hart the Bible Geek “Answers from the Word” – The Acts of the Apostles

The Acts of the Apostles..it’s time, context, importance and relevance for today. Who wrote Acts? How is it divided up? What makes it unique?

BG11 Mark Hart the Bible Geek “Answers from the Word” – The Gospel of John

Mark answers –

The Gospel of John..it’s time, context, importance and relevance for today. Who was John? Who were the people he was addressing? What makes it unique?

BG5 Mark Hart the Bible Geek “Answers from the Word” – Why does God allow suffering?

Mark answers –

What should we do when life is overwhelming? Why does God allow us to suffer?

BG8 Mark Hart the Bible Geek “Answers from the Word” – The Gospel of Mark

Mark answers –

The Gospel of Mark…it’s time, context, importance and relevance for today. Who was Mark? Who were the people he was addressing? What makes it unique?

BG26 The 7th Commandment – Mark Hart the Bible Geek “Answers from the Word”

Mark breaks open The TEN COMMANDMENTS-

The Seventh Commandment:

YOU SHALL NOT STEAL.

BG25 The 6th Commandment – Mark Hart the Bible Geek “Answers from the Word”

Mark breaks open The TEN COMMANDMENTS-

The Sixth Commandment:

YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY.

BG24 The Fifth Commandment – Mark Hart the Bible Geek “Answers from the Word”

Mark breaks open The TEN COMMANDMENTS-

The Fifth Commandment: YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.

BG23 The Fourth Commandment – Mark Hart the Bible Geek “Answers from the Word”

Mark breaks open The TEN COMMANDMENTS-

The Fourth Commandment:
Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God gives you.

BG21 The Second Commandment – Mark Hart the Bible Geek “Answers from the Word”

Mark breaks open The TEN COMMANDMENTS-

The Second Commandment:

You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.

You have heard that it was said to the men of old, “You shall not swear falsely….” But I say to you, Do not swear at all.

BG20 The First Commandment – Mark Hart the Bible Geek “Answers from the Word”

Mark breaks open The TEN COMMANDMENTS-

The First Commandment:
I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them or serve them.

BG7 Mark Hart the Bible Geek “Answers from the Word” – The Gospel of Matthew

Mark answers – The Gospel of Matthew…it’s time, context, importance and relevance for today.  Who was Matthew?  Who were the people he was addressing?  What makes it unique? Mark Hart is an author, speaker, director and teacher, Mark’s work both written and spoken, is known across the country and world. While he serves as the […]

BG10 Mark Hart the Bible Geek “Answers from the Word” – Lent and Prayer

Preparing for Ash Wednesday and reflecting on the readings…Fasting, Almsgiving and Returning to God. Also Mark talks of the importance of Prayer.

BG19 Mark Hart the Bible Geek “Answers from the Word” – St. Paul’s letter to Timothy

Mark breaks open St. Paul’s letter to the Timothy-

Exactly who was St. Paul writing to in his letter to Timothy? What was the purpose of the letter? What was the message? How does it apply to our lives today?

BG18 Mark Hart the Bible Geek “Answers from the Word” – St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians

Mark breaks open St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians-

Exactly who was St. Paul writing to in his letter to the Philippians? What was the purpose of the letter? What was the message? How does it apply to our lives today?

Beyond Words with Mark Hart – The Fourth Sunday of Advent

The Fourth Sunday of Advent

Beyond Words with Mark Hart – The Third Sunday of Advent

Mark reflects on the Third Sunday in Advent

Beyond Words with Mark Hart – The Second Sunday of Advent

Mark Hart is an author, speaker, director and teacher, Mark’s work both written and spoken, is known across the country and world. While he serves as the Vice President of LIFE TEEN, he is known to tens of thousands simply as the “Bible Geek ®” Mark passionately echoes the gospel to all he encounters. He […]

Beyond Words with Mark Hart – The First Sunday of Advent

The First Sunday of Advent

BG17 Mark Hart the Bible Geek “Answers from the Word” – St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians

Exactly who was St. Paul writing to in his letter to the Ephesians? What was the purpose of the letter? What was the message? Howdoes it apply to our lives today?

BG16 Mark Hart the Bible Geek “Answers from the Word” – St. Paul’s letter to the Galatians

Mark breaks open St. Paul’s letter to the Galatians –
Exactly who was St. Paul writing to in his letter to the Galatians? What was the purpose of the letter? What was the message? Howdoes it apply to our lives today?

BG15 Mark Hart the Bible Geek “Answers from the Word” – St. Paul’s letters to the Corinthians

Mark breaks open St. Paul’s letters to the Corinthians –
Exactly who was St. Paul writing to in his letter to the Corinthians? What was the purpose of the letter? What was the message? How does it apply to our lives today?

St. Luke the Evangelist

Mark Hart “The Bible Geek” talks to us about the importance of St. Luke Luke was a Greco-Syrian physician who lived in the Greek city of Antioch in Ancient Syria. His earliest notice is in Paul’s Epistle to Philemon, verse 24. He is also mentioned in Colossians 4:14 and 2 Timothy 4:11, two works commonly ascribed to Paul. The next earliest account of […]

BG14 Mark Hart the Bible Geek “Answers from the Word” – St. Paul’s letter to the Romans

Exactly who was St. Paul writing to in his letter to the Romans? What was the purpose of the letter? What was the message? How does it apply to our lives today?

BG13 Mark Hart the Bible Geek “Answers from the Word” – The Study of St. Paul – introduction

Mark begins our study of the works of St. Paul by answering –
Who was St. Paul? What was his background, his beliefs and why was his conversion so important? What did he write? Where did he travel? How did he witness to the “Truth”?

BG9 Mark Hart the Bible Geek “Answers from the Word” – The Gospel of Luke

Mark answers – The Gospel of Luke..it’s time, context, importance and relevance for today. Who was Luke? Who were the people he was addressing? What makes it unique? Mark Hart is an author, speaker, director and teacher, Mark’s work both written and spoken, is known across the country and world. While he serves as the […]

BG6 Mark Hart the Bible Geek “Answers from the Word” – What Biblical verses deal with abortion? Embryonic Stem Cell Research?

Mark answers – 1. What Biblical verses deal with abortion? My supposedly Christian friends think abortion is okay and I need some passages to help explain why abortion is so wrong. 2. I am really trying to understand embryonic stem cell research, and I still do not understand why the Catholic church is against it, […]

BG4 Mark Hart the Bible Geek “Answers from the Word” – Could Mary Have said “no”? and What about those Magi?

Mark answers – 1. What makes Mary any different than you or me? What if Mary had said, “No”? 2. How did the tradition of there being three magi start up if Matthew:2 doesn’t give a number of Magi? How did they get named? Basically, I need some more information on how this Catholic tradition […]

BG3 Mark Hart the Bible Geek “Answers from the Word” – Sharing Catholic Faith with Family, Friends, and Co-Workers

Mark answers – 1. How can I talk about my faith with my family and friends, especially during the holidays? 2. What if they throw up issues about the Church that I don’t know how to answer? Mark Hart is an author, speaker, director and teacher, Mark’s work both written and spoken, is known across […]

BG2 Mark Hart the Bible Geek “Answers from the Word” – Plan for Reading the Bible

Mark answers – 1. Five tangible things people can to do to start reading the Bible.  Which translation is best for you?  Best times to study and how long?  Journaling?  Other resources? 2. What is a “good” teen bible? Mark Hart is an author, speaker, director and teacher, Mark’s work both written and spoken, is […]

BG1 Mark Hart the Bible Geek “Answers from the Word” – Advent

Mark answers – 1. Why do we celebrate Advent? What does it mean and what’s it all about? 2. What is the significance of the Advent Wreath, the nativity set, the different colors, etc. we see in Church? Mark Hart is an author, speaker, director and teacher, Mark’s work both written and spoken, is known […]

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Downloads

Show One
1. How do we know that people who lived after Jesus actually believed that the Bible was God’s word? Did they believe and read the same Gospels as us? I heard that the Bible didn’t come around in published form until hundreds of years later. Which would mean the early Christians didn’t have it to believe in?
2. What is the difference between the King James and Catholic Bibles? Would you help explain the differences in Bible translations?

Show Two
1. My friend told me that you read the Bible in a certain order starting with Matthew. Is this true or can I read it from beginning to end
2. What does “fear of the Lord” really mean? I didn’t think we were suppose to be afraid of God. Isn’t God all loving?

Show Three
1. As Catholics, are we to believe and take the Bible literally contextual? For example is the story of Adam and Eve true or is it made up?
2. Do Guardian Angels really exist? Can I read about them in the Bible? Sometimes I even feel attacked when I sleep. Is there a prayer I can ask them to protect me?

Show Four
1. Sometimes it gets really hard for me to deal with ridicule from classmates and others. It’s really hard to be Catholic.
2. What does INRI stand for? What does it mean?

Show Five
1. What are we supposed to take from the different Gospels? It seems they are trying to get across different things when I read them.
2. What does it mean to be made in the image and likeness of God in Genesis? Does that mean that we look like God or He looks like us, or neither?

Show Six
1. Some of my non-Catholic friends told me that we aren’t a Bible-based religion. I told them that the Catholic church put the Bible together and pointed them to your other answers about it, (which was GREAT by the way). But what do I tell them when they say that all we do is say prayers made up by humans instead of reading the Word of God?
2. A lot of religions say the Revelation is a foreshadowing of what is to come. Is that what it is?

Show Seven
1. A Protestant brother of mine was arguing with me about First Timothy Three: 2 to 5, and he told me that Bishops were told to marry and I wasn’t sure what to say.
2. What is Opus Dei?

Show Eight
1. Christmas, Jesus’ birthday, is always on the same day, December 25th. Why is it that Easter, Jesus’ resurrection, is on different days every?
2. What did Jesus mean when he said that he did not come to bring peace…but a sword?”

Show Nine
1. Do you know any passages in the Bible that answer the question IF God exists?
2. How do you make your faith a part of your relationship when the person you are dating is NOT Catholic?

Show Ten
1. My brother is serving 10 months in Kuwait and I was wondering if there are any bible passages about being a soldier of God?
2. Hey Mark, I was wondering where in the Bible this saying comes from. “If you are ashamed of me, I will be ashamed of you before My Father.”

Show Eleven
1. If we commit venial sins, can we receive Holy Communion?
2. Where is the part in the Bible about “tomorrow not being promised”?

Show Twelve
1. Some of my friends and I are giving a talk on faith and family, and we are having trouble Bible quotes. Where do you think is the best place for us to look?
2. What’s the “longest” book in the Bible?

Show Thirteen
1. Where in the New Testament do we find the Scriptural evidence for the
Church’s teaching about Christ’s true presence in the Eucharist?
2. What is the Old Testament backing for it, is there one?

Show Fourteen
1. Why do we celebrate Advent? What does it mean and what’s it all about?
2. What is the significance of the Advent Wreath, the nativity set, the different colors, etc. we see in Church?

Show Fifteen
1. Five tangible things people can to do to start reading the Bible.
2. What is a “good” teen bible?

Show Sixteen
1. How can I talk about my faith with my family and friends, especially during the holidays?
2. What if they throw up issues about the Church that I don’t know how to answer?

Show Seventeen
1. What makes Mary any different than you or me? What if Mary had said, “No”?
2. How did the tradition of there being three magi start up if Matthew:2 doesn’t give a number of Magi? How did they get named? Basically, I need some more information on how this Catholic tradition got started.

Show Eighteen
1. I get distracted easily, not just in my prayer life, but in my spiritual life as well; how can I help myself get back on track when I lose sight of God?
2. Why don’t teens pray more? And why is that teens are more scared to praise God…when their friends are around?

Show Nineteen
1. What Biblical verses deal with abortion? My supposedly Christian friends think abortion is okay and I need some passages to help explain why abortion is so wrong.
2. I am really trying to understand embryonic stem cell research, and I still do not understand why the Catholic church is against it, if it is saving lives? Can you help me?

Show Twenty
1. Why aren’t dinosaurs in the bible?
2. Why do people live so long in the Old Testament (some people are over 600 years old)?

Show Twenty-One
1. How do we keep our teens Catholic?
2. What is Lifeteen and how did you get involved?

Show Twenty-Two
The importance of reflecting and praying with the Scripture before we go to mass on Sunday. Mark reflects on the prophet Jeremiah and the Beatitudes.
Show Twenty-Three
Preparing for Ash Wednesday and reflecting on the readings…Fasting, Almsgiving and Returning to God. Also Mark talks of the importance of Prayer.
Show Twenty-Four
Mark reflects on the Transfiguration and it’s importance for us today. Mark teaches us to use Lectio Divina to pray this story in Scripture.

Show Twenty-Five
Mark reflects on Holy Week…Passion (Palm Sunday), Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter.

Show Twenty-Six
Mark talks about the Virginia Tech shootings, the damage done to us by the culture of violence we are saturated in, and how God is always reaching out to us. Mark also talks to us about the gift of Scripture and how it can help us in the grieving process.
Show Twenty-Seven
Mark shares with us his new book “Ask the Bible Geek 2″ and all the gems that you can find in it.
1. What if I don’t have a date on Valentine’s Day (or Prom for that matter)?
2. Does God read the newspaper?
Show Twenty-Eight
How do we find God wherever we are? Finding the Five Stones that can help you navigate through life.
Show Twenty-Nine
What to do when life is overwhelming?
Show Thirty
Encountering God all the time.
Show Thirty-One
There’s nothing “ordinary” about Ordinary Time!
Show Thirty-Two
The Eucharistic Lord and the true real presence of Jesus Christ found in the Body and Blood.
Show Thirty-Three
Five things parents should try to pass on the faith to their children.
Show Thirty-Four
The Sacrament of Reconciliation…the myths, the solid Scriptural references, the heart of a healthy spirituality, and one of most important gifts we have!
Show Thirty-Five
The Ten Commandments – First Commandment
I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land
of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no
other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself a
graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven
above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water
under the earth; you shall not bow down to them or serve
them.
Show Thirty-Six
The Ten Commandments – Second & Third Commandment
You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you
shall labor, and do all your work; but the seventh day is a
sabbath to the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any
work.
Show Thirty-Seven
The Ten Commandments – Fourth Commandment
Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be
long in the land which the Lord your God gives you.
Show Thirty-Eight
The Ten Commandments – Fifth Commandment
You shall not kill.
Show Thirty-Nine
The Ten Commandments – Sixth Commandment
You shall not commit adultery.
Show Forty
The Ten Commandments – Seventh Commandment
You shall not steal.
Show Forty-One
The Ten Commandments – Eighth Commandment
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
Show Forty-Two
The Ten Commandments – Ninth Commandment
You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not
covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant, or his
maidservant, or his ox, or his ass, or anything that is your
neighbor’s.
Show Forty-Three
The Ten Commandments – Tenth Commandment
You shall not covet . . . anything that is your neighbor’s. . . .
You shall not desire your neighbor’s house, his field, or his
manservant, or his maidservant, or his ox, or his ass, or
anything that is your neighbor’s.
Show Forty-Four
Scripture and Tradition
Show Forty-Five
Salvation
Show Forty-Six
Mary
Show Forty-Seven
Real Presence
Show Forty-Eight
The Papacy
Show Forty-Nine
Reconciliation – part 1
Show Fifty
Reconciliation – part 2
Show Fifty-One
Purgatory
Show Fifty-Two
Priesthood
Show Fifty-Three
Summer Scripture
Show Fifty-Four
Grace
Show Fifty-Five
Pope Benedict XVI
Show Fifty-Six
Discerning Family Media
Show Fifty-Seven
How to use the Catechism
Show Fifty-Eight
Tradition
Show Fifty-Nine
Prayer
Show Sixty
Mark’s support for our Fall 2008 Care-a-thon
Show Sixty-One
Overview of the ministry and letters of St. Paul
Show Sixty-Two
St. Paul’s letter to the Romans
Show Sixty-Three
St. Paul’s letters to the Corinthians
Show Sixty-Four
St. Paul’s letter to the Galatians
Show Sixty-Five
St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians
Show Sixty-Six
St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians
Show Sixty-Seven
St. Paul’s letter to the Colossians
Show Sixty-Eight
St. Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians
Show Sixty-Nine
St. Paul’s 1st and 2nd letters to Timothy
Show Seventy
St. Paul’s letters to Titus and Philemon
Show Seventy-One
The Letter to the Hebrews
Show Seventy-Two
The Gospel of Mark
Show Seventy-Three
The Gospel of John
Show Seventy -Four
The Gospel of Matthew
Show Seventy-Five
The Gospel of Luke
Show Seventy-Six
The Acts of the Apostles
Show Seventy-Seven
Revelation
Show Seventy-Eight
James