Author Archives: matthewshaunanderson
I think my last post was December of 2015. Pretty sad, I know. Marriage, family, job, kid’s school and sporting events, friends, unexpected circumstances… All this and more make for a full calendar and a fulfilling life. The things that bring me the most joy – my wife, kids, extended family and friends – take […]
Preparing our Hearts for Christmas
I was reading a devotional by my old college president and wanted to share it with you. I have taken the liberty to change some of the words and the way it was written but the main remains the same: The Christmas season is approaching, and we must prepare our hearts for Christ’s coming. […]
Overcoming Great Loss and Encountering Grief
Part of life is experiencing loss. There is no way around it. We cannot avoid it. No matter how we live, no matter how much we try to self-protect, no matter how hard we try to insulate ourselves loss will strike and it will strike more than once in our life. No matter what the […]
The Power of Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving has come and gone. I must admit that Thanksgiving may be my favorite holiday. There are so many good memories for me around Thanksgiving. My parents always made it so special. There was always family and friends involved. If someone didn’t have somewhere to spend Thanksgiving, well, then they came to our house. And […]
Purpose: Cluster or Scatter?
We are meant to go to the nations. We are meant to carry the gospel to all the world. It is what God has purposed us to do. We are not meant to stay in one place. It is our tendency as humans to cluster but it is God’s intention that we would scatter across […]
N.T. Wright on Beauty, Justice and Faith Part 3
N.T. Wright on Beauty, Justice and Faith Part 3 Here is the final part of the interview. Hope you enjoy!
N.T. Wright on Beauty, Justice and Faith Part 2
N.T. Wright on Beauty, Justice and Faith Part 2 Here is Part 2 of N.T. Wright’s interview.
N.T. Wright Interview on Beauty, Justice, and Our Faith Part 1
N.T. Wright Interview on Beauty, Justice, and Our Faith Part 1 My son has recently started playing the trombone and I have recently stepped back into photography as a hobby and my friends have experienced some horrific things in their lives. All these things have triggered many thoughts about beauty, justice and our faith. I […]
Do We Know How to Blush?
“Were they ashamed when they committed abomination? No, they were not at all ashamed; they did not know how to blush. Therefore they shall fall among the fallen; when I punish them, they shall be overthrown, says the Lord” (Jeremiah 8:12 ESV). Have you ever wondered just how much our society influences you? I have […]
Against All Hope
If we all got vulnerable we would all admit that there are times in our lives that hopelessness begins to set in. Maybe for some of us it is more than we would like to admit and for others it may be just once in a while. No matter how often one experiences that hopelessness […]