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

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.

You Are Not Alone

Tuesday October 4, 2016

pain & suffering

Everyone, without exception, struggles with both sin and suffering. Letting people know that we’re all in the boat together can go a long way.