Category: Christian Life

Gray Matters

In my first book, Hipster Christianity, I attempted to explore the relationship between Christianity and popular culture by examining the phenomenon of “cool Christianity” and how the realities of trendiness and the notion of “cultural relevance” have been interpreted and enacted...

/ March 12, 2013

Epiphany, Obscurity, and New Year’s Resolutions

This past weekend, many Christians around the world celebrated the feast of Epiphany.  The day commemorates, among other things, the visit by the “wise men from the east” to the birthplace of Jesus.  The celebration highlights the paradoxes at the...

/ January 9, 2013

What Christmas Bells Might Mean

On my way home from work today, my favorite Christmas mix CD was playing, and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” came on. It had been a long day at work, I was homesick and eager to get on my...

/ December 14, 2012

On Thanksgiving and the Act of Gratitude

I have taken to joking in recent months that given the shape of my life at this particular moment, I’ve lost every right to complain–ever. And it’s true:  I have a great deal to be thankful for.  I am in...

/ November 21, 2012

The End of our Exploring: Announcing Matt’s new book on Questioning

What does it mean to ask a question?  That’s a funny way of putting it, isn’t it?  I mean, it seems perfectly obvious:  people want to find something out, so they make an inquiry.  What else could a question mean,...

/ November 16, 2012

Charmlessness unto Godliness

I have recently found myself immersed in learning a hard lesson, much too slowly. It seems to have started with a lecture I heard at Wheatstone, in which John Mark Reynolds urged, as a side note to his topic, to...

/ August 13, 2012

Why Holiness? A Conversation with Tyler Braun

Tyler Braun is one of the rising class of younger writers and has taken on one of the more difficult areas one could write about:  holiness.  It’s a crucial topic and one that does not get nearly enough attention in...

/ August 6, 2012

On Leaving Home: Vocation, Eternity, and Texas

Three weeks ago, in preparation for my move to Houston, TX, I moved out of my apartment. My beloved apartment. My beautiful, quiet, charming, perfect apartment. These next two weeks I am saying a lot of goodbyes; goodbyes to people...

/ July 25, 2012

The Trouble with Talking about our “Identity in Christ”

When it comes to explaining the Christian life, these days the premier conceptual tool that evangelicals are deploying is that of “identity.”  And in doing so, we’ve turned the affirmation of people’s “identity in Christ” into a cliche, neutering it...

/ July 12, 2012

Desiderius Erasmus and “It wasn’t me, it was God”

For Erasmus, grace is active in our acting, in the beauty of virtue displayed that engages and transforms our affections, allowing us to play a part that becomes our own as we play it. […] Erasmus subverts the distinction between...

/ July 10, 2012