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
Marriage: The Happy, Holy, Beautiful Mess
Tuesday June 6, 2017marriage • relationships •
There’s a whole lot of happiness to be had in marriage. But God-wrought holiness does not always come easily or feel happy—at times, it feels more like a mess. It is beautiful. Not because it’s about your story or mine, but because it’s about God’s.
Weeds and Crap Sandwiches
Tuesday May 9, 2017christian life •
As anyone who has gone without work for any significant amount of time without a nice fat nest egg or trust fund to back them up can tell you, unemployment doesn’t do your self-esteem any favors.
There is a Crack in Everything. That’s How the Light Gets In.
Tuesday March 28, 2017christian 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, 2017christian 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.
Don’t Settle for Jesusy Advice
Tuesday March 14, 2017christian life •
All God’s demands are good, but the problem is, all the demanding isn’t helping any of our doing.
I’m a Crappy Christian
Tuesday March 7, 2017christian 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, 2017christian 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?