January 22, 2021

If there is a show better than The Office, I’ve yet to see it. Just about every night, after our daughter goes to bed, my wife and I nod off to sleep with this award-winning comedy playing on the laptop. This has gone on for years. And years. And years. I know, I know; it’s an obsession. But it’s a good obsession. There are much worse things to be addicted to. But between the silly comedic “that’s what she said”… Read more

January 21, 2021

Now that Joseph R. Biden is President of the United States of America, I keep hearing something that is deeply troubling to me: “Now we can get back to normal.” NOW WE CAN GET BACK TO NORMAL!!!??? Given how bat-shit crazy the past 4 years were under FORMER President Donald J. Trump, I get it. Normalcy seems like a welcomed state of being. But it shouldn’t be. First off, “normal” led to the current state we are in. “Normal” led… Read more

January 20, 2021

Hey friends, readers, hate followers, shit talkers, podcast listeners, and everyone in between! The 4th volume of The Bonfire Sessions series of booklets is now available on Kindle for only 99 cents. I’d be super happy if you checked it out. As of writing this, it’s the number 1 new release in one of its categories, and the early reviews are super encouraging. Here’s what the booklet is all about: The Bonfire Sessions: Winter is a thought-provoking booklet that discusses: what… Read more

January 13, 2021

There seems to be a recent movement among some Christians who think that Jesus played nice. They’ll see what I write on Patheos or on social media, bristle at the words, and then conclude that I am not very Christlike (recently labelled “self-righteous”) because in their minds, Jesus was all about love, was all about meeting people where they are at, all about listening and not judging others. And look, to some extent, Jesus was all about those things. Sometimes. And… Read more

January 11, 2021

In today’s episode of Apostates Anonymous, I sit down with Brenda Marie Davies of the God is Grey YouTube channel to discuss the state of Christianity, her upcoming book, and so much more. Go ahead and subscribe to her channel at God is Grey. To listen to the interview, click my big, dumb face below: If you wanna get to know me better, please follow me on social media. I’m pretty active on all platforms: Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube Also, if… Read more

January 9, 2021

Anyone who knows me knows I am obsessed with The Lord of the Rings, Middle Earth, and all things Tolkien. I’m such a nerd that I’ve studied the mythopoetic stories found in The Silmarillion and even read through The Unfinished Tales. I use LOTR analogies all throughout my personal writings and if I ever get another dog, will assuredly name him Tom Bombadil (to the annoyance of both my wife and daughter). But, c’mon, isn’t that the coolest name for… Read more

January 8, 2021

“The Bible is the inerrant Word of God,” or so says many Christians. But it’s not. I’m sorry, but I’m not sorry. Now, before you gird up your loins and fit yourself ready for battle, here’s 7 reasons why I say such an inflammatory thing. I. The Bible Never Claims to Be Let’s start with the obvious. The Bible never claims to be the inerrant Word of God. Not in Genesis. Not in Exodus. Not in Deuteronomy. Not in the… Read more

January 7, 2021

Dear Trump-Supporting Christians, Are you happy now? Is this what you wanted? To watch fellow Trump supporters storm the Capitol building? Did you think all of Trump’s rhetoric and subtle – sometimes not so subtle – calls for violence would go unnoticed by members of your camp? Honestly, I’m at a loss right now. My thoughts are jumbled (which is why this will probably read more like a stream of consciousness than a well-constructed letter). I’m at a loss because… Read more

January 5, 2021

Today, we at the Heretic Happy Hour podcast begin a series on the “clobber passages,” beginning with the passages Christians use to clobber the LGBTQ+ community. In it, we discuss Genesis 19, Romans 1, and the Corinthian letter. Plus, we talk to theologian Alexander John Shaia. To listen to the episode, click the logo!!! If you wanna get to know me better, please follow me on social media. I’m pretty active on all platforms: Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube Also, if… Read more

January 5, 2021

In case you didn’t know, I’m a Universalist. This means that in the end, I believe all will be reconciled to God and one another. How this works out, specifically, I’m not sure. It could be Christocentric as my good friend Keith Giles says, or it could be more pluralistic as my best friend Michael Machuga suggests. Either way, it renders me a heretic in the eyes of many, leaving countless folks confused and asking, “Matt, what if you’re wrong?”… Read more

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