Matt Johnson

Matt is a husband, father to two little girls, and is an armchair student of theology. He is a freelance writer and editor with a penchant for redemptive snark. Until recently, Matt spent 7 years as an associate volunteer pastor in counseling and recovery ministry. 

Many moons ago Matt forwent a proper education and traveled the country playing drums in bands you've never heard of. He likes long walks on the beach, puppies, and has questionable taste in music.   

Articles By Matt Johnson

There is a Crack in Everything. That’s How the Light Gets In.

Tuesday March 28, 2017

christian life

Well into my twenties, I put a false hope in association with a “movement.” It carved out a sense of belonging and identity for me. But my hope is not in belonging to a fleeting moment within a movement, but to my Savior who is eternally at work, by his Spirit, despite outward appearances.

Life Coach Jesus

Thursday March 23, 2017

christian life

If you’re feeling confused about your standing with God after a sermon, there is a good chance you have not heard a gospel sermon (what has been done for you), but a sermon principally based on what you must do. This is a law-based sermon.

I’m a Crappy Christian

Tuesday March 7, 2017

christian life

I’m a crappy Christian. Not only that, but the life of faith often does not feel good. Or fulfilling. I don’t know, maybe I’m doing it wrong. In reality I’m probably a much better pagan than a follower of Jesus. And how about you? Don’t be shy. It’s OK to admit it; this may be the open door to getting free of a stifling religion. So you’re a crappy Christian. Don’t worry; there’s a Savior for that.

Sorry Not Sorry

Thursday January 19, 2017

christian life

When I was about seven or eight years old, me and a buddy peed in a neighbor kid’s bike helmet when he wasn’t looking. Just for fun. Unknowingly, he put it back on his head.

Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown

Tuesday December 20, 2016

Christmastime is a season of joy, giving, peace, and goodwill. But it doesn’t always feel that way, does it?

The Dirty Words of Counseling

Thursday November 17, 2016

christian life

We are all counselors. Whether you dispense financial advice at the water cooler, or talk a friend through a crisis, we are all counseling, all the time. The problem is, we’re often not good counselors. Usually our counsel is more like advice, and advice isn’t always helpful.

Peter, The Courageous Coward

Thursday October 27, 2016

christian life

Peter’s waffling tendencies seem like the stuff of psych case studies. But really, his issues are a two-sides-of-the-same-coin kind of problem rooted in fear.