The World is My Canvas!

"Do I really have the permission to call the world around me my canvas? Do I have the freedom, the audacity, the creativity, and the imagination to wade in and create on that canvas? Or am I nothing more than a detached observer?"  [Paul Richardson, A Certain Risk, p. 109] We’ve been taught so often in our own cultural that to seek God is to seek solitude, peaceful settings, and quiet time. These are all good things. But I wonder, too, if sometimes we lose sight of the fact that we also meet with God in a very real way when we are sweeping across the canvas of our community and our city; that in our interactions with people we not only find ourselves thinking about God, but we begin to commune with him on a deeper level by actually walking with him. ...  Keep reading

Lemons and Lemonade

We've all had less-than-ideal things happen to us.  That's the nice way of saying "stuff happens".  Sometimes that "stuff" is really bad, even for the most faithful, Godly, and holy among us.  Some Christians might find this disturbing--after all, isn't God able to make everything go my way all the time--but the writer of Ecclesiastes showed us this truth a very long time ago, writing, "The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to us all" (Ecc 9:11). ...  Keep reading

Why start with such a boring list, Matt?

As I continue to read Scripture, learn from others, and experience day-to-day life on this planet, I continue to realize that there are mountains of fascinating insights, deep meanings, and undeniable truths lying just below the surface of the words and stories of Scripture--hidden gold just waiting to be discovered.  Even the genealogy of Matthew, much to my surprise, was full of a few crazy-fun and meaningful nuggets of truth. ...  Keep reading