June 20, 2018 matt
After next week, things slow down a bit at First Baptist Church of Gadsden, the church I serve as pastor. VBS is over, and we have a large community-oriented music camp for kids next week. I love the busy seasons of ministry, however I have come to realize how important the low tide of a
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July 30, 2016 matt
Dear Alabama Politicians,   The great Christian apologist CS Lewis once predicted we would eventually live in a society of “men without chests,” presciently seeing a time in which man’s base desires would outstrip his values. Right now, I am praying Alabama won’t sell her soul to “fix” a budget shortfall. The state, properly ordered
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July 10, 2015 matt
There has been a lot of talk about Southern heritage lately. Some folks want to reduce that down to symbols and flags. Unfortunately, those symbols and flags often represent those parts and histories we should be ashamed of. I don’t like to focus on that. I want to focus on what we can be proud of!
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November 10, 2014 matt
Alabama Baptists are preparing to vote for a new president this Wednesday. I plan to nominate my friend Craig Carlisle for the position. Here are 5 reasons why. 1. Choices – Alabama Baptists, from my perspective, are served well by having choices. For the first time in 16 years, Alabama Baptists will have the opportunity
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August 19, 2014 matt
This is a post I wrote in August of 2013. I felt like it would be worth reposting again this August! I will never forget the pressure I felt as I drove to Louisville, KY 3 years ago in August. We did not yet have jobs there, but we did have bills! Seminarians from your
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May 28, 2014 matt
So often, the idea of the pastor-church relationship is presented entirely in terms of whether or not the pastor has the ability to minister well to the congregation. This is, of course, important, as the Scripture clearly teaches that pastors must be about the business of caring for souls. However, the two churches I have
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May 12, 2014 matt
I am in the process of preparing to preach through 1 Peter. This book is especially poignant for Christians in this age, I think, because our cultural crosswinds are increasingly hostile to the message of Christ. Peter refers to the letter’s recipients as “elect exiles.” That is, they are beloved of God and rejected by
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May 7, 2014 matt
I love barbecue. Being from Alabama, barbecue has always been pork and chicken to me. However, recently, I decided to smoke beef short ribs. Beef, done low and slow over smoke, is nothing short of amazing. Here are a few pictures: Before:   After:   Pick up a rack of uncut beef short ribs. Coat
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May 6, 2014 matt
“Preacher, I have a question for you.” This precious lady had a serious but happy look on her face as she asked me. “I wonder if you can answer it with one word.” “I can do my best, sweet lady. Let’s hear it,” I replied. “Should we be afraid of Reformed Theology?” she asked me.
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April 29, 2014 matt
The message of Fred Phelps and his Westboro “Church” is abominable. May God have mercy on Fred Phelps. I find no contradiction in those two statements. In fact, the very things that make me anathematize what Fred Phelps preached are precisely the things that make me hope He has found the grace of God which
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