When I started this blog in 2012, I wrote:

It’s been a strange few years for me. There has been a lot of change, transition, and loss, a few health scares, and — most importantly for my purposes here — worldviews have emerged, coalesced, and collapsed in spectacular fashion. Emerging from all this is both exciting and scary, as newness often is.

Well, four years later and that has certainly continued to be the case. The collapse of my faith in 2010-2011, the rebuilding of my life on new and creative grounds in 2011-2013, and the surprising, slow, but steady and pervasive reassertion of my faith in the years since then have all given me a lot to think about and ponder.

As I transition into yet another new phase of my life, this blog will continue to a place for me to sort through my thoughts in a vaguely public forum. I certainly am not out for huge numbers of hits or readers and expect much (if not all) of what I write here to go largely unread. The point isn’t that I narcissistically think I have answers or insight that I want ‘out there’, but simply that writing helps me sort through what I think, and writing for an audience (even a hypothetical one) keeps me honest and pushes me to sort things more clearly than I might otherwise.

So, if you’re reading this, here’s what you can expect: a lot of opinions, open questions, and half-formed thoughts on faith, story, philosophy, worldview, and politics.

I’ll ask for forgiveness in advance of errors in logic, gaps in knowledge, and the odd ungracious rant. The thoughts here are not intended to be anyone’s final word, certainly not my own.

Cheers, and thanks for stopping by.



2 thoughts on “About

  1. swmartin1960 July 7, 2016 / 2:23 pm

    Hi Matt: Just read your reflection on This Holy Estate, which I appreciated very much. So much of the response to THE has been polarizing (either casually dismissing or cheering without really understanding what we were trying to do). It was wonderful to read something actually constructive! I’m one of the authors of the Report and would ask you to pray for us as we present to General Synod tomorrow. stephenwilliammartin@me.com.

    • stufffromthestuff July 7, 2016 / 3:01 pm

      Thanks for your kind words. I had been planning on writing a post specifically about THE but it didn’t end up happening, so a paragraph and footnote will have to do, I guess! You are all most definitely in my prayers. It’s a difficult week and season more generally. Godspeed, you brave soul!

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