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.   

Books by Matt Johnson

Articles By Matt Johnson

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

Tuesday October 22, 2019

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.

Sorry Not Sorry

Tuesday May 21, 2019

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

Thursday December 20, 2018

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

Marriage: The Happy, Holy, Beautiful Mess

Tuesday June 6, 2017

marriage 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, 2017

christian 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.

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.