October 11, 2015

This is, above all, a hopeful book that should open up new vistas of hopeful possibility to those who have too long felt stuck in a prison of religious certainty whose news often seems anything but good, and to those who have rejected the version of Christianity offered to them on the basis that the God portrayed to them appears to be at best hard to please and at worst downright dangerous. Matthew joins the growing chorus of voices calling for a more Christlike re-appraisal of the God of love and light. My hope is that reading his book will leave you with questions like “Can God really be that good?!” and whet your appetite for further study. Read more

October 8, 2015

I know I originally stated that October 18 was going to be the official release but I lied. You can now follow the link to purchase my first book, All Set Free: How God is Revealed in Jesus and Why That is Really Good News. I am very proud and humbled by the whole experience. I think you all will enjoy it as I hope it whets your appetite for more in depth study.  Read more

October 7, 2015

I received my presentation copy of “All Set Free” last night. Take a look here. I just wanted to update everyone on the official date of release, which will be October 18, 2015. I will be kicking off the release of the book with a party at my house in Paradise, Ca. Invites were sent out on Facebook. If you didn’t get one, hit me up on there and let me know you are coming. Invites are open to all pretty much.  Read more

October 5, 2015

And in spite of this obvious transformation, in spite of a restored heart, and in spite of Kelly’s Christ-encounter, her life was ended. With the juice from the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil still dripping down our collective chins, we cried: “Crucify her! Crucify her!” Read more

September 30, 2015

I would like to conclude by asking that you remove my name from that of the “elect”—as if I had a choice after this letter! I know that I would have stood with the mob and yelled “crucify him[12],” so I am not innocent. In fact, none of us are. However, knowing what I know now, I cannot find it within me to worship you if you are no better than us. You are a tyrant just like every tyrant that ever existed. And you are petty, not set apart from either humanity or the countless gods we’ve created. Read more

September 27, 2015

 I hate to break it to you but talking snakes are mythology. That being said, snakes make a great analogy for twisted desire. This twisted desire manifests due in part to the prohibition of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. This knowledge we desire leads us to want to be like God—leads us to believe we can be gods. Read more

September 26, 2015

So, I know I did not defend whether a “liberal Christian” can exist. Hopefully, if you have been keeping abreast to what I write, the answer is self-evident. Honestly, I would have offered more of a retort but it is so damn easy to fall into the scapegoating trap and I am trying to watch myself. I will, however, conclude by saying the following: Conservatism does not get to claim ownership of the Gospel, even if some of their members refuse to acknowledge a contrary understanding of it. Read more

September 23, 2015

In closing, I hope that your visit goes off without a hitch. More profoundly, however, is that I hope your visit impacts others to take a stand in the name of peace, in the name of unity, and in the name of love. We all have different traditions, cultures, and beliefs but what makes us similar is that we are all made in the image of our Abba. You recognize that and it is a beautiful thing to witness. Keep the faith. Keep spreading the message of peace. Continue loving the “least of these.” Read more

September 20, 2015

Prohibitions are the first pillar of culture. Thus, this account presupposes the existence of civilization. There is a different story being told. That story is because we are creatures of imitation—even each others’ desires—we inevitably come into conflict with one another. Prohibitions are placed by the community to quell violence. However, they, in and of themselves, cause desire to increase and become the “cure” and “poison”; juxtaposed much like the Greek word, pharmakon.[2] This “twisted” desire will lead to the fall in chapter 3, which I will discuss in the next installment. Read more

September 19, 2015

Why did you even create such a place of calamity and sorrow? Doesn’t the “Bible clearly state” that you are light and in you there is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5)? I mean, that is a pretty strong statement so why in the hell (pardon the pun) did you create a place of objective darkness? I know the answer to that is “sin” but really, the creation of everlasting darkness is your answer to those who choose to “remain in their sin”? And if hell isn’t a place of torment but a state of mind, separated from your presence, can you please explain the metaphysics of that because I thought you were omnipresent. As I understand things, either you are present in hell or simply a demiurge. Read more

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