There Is a Flow

There Is a Flow

Pastor Matt's Notes & Blog

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Charting the Course

Have you noticed that most static images of earth that you see feature the United States front and center? That is precisely because these images were produced by and for people in the USA. Googling “church history chart” produces similar results. Catholic websites create diagrams that put the Roman church right in the middle, a ...

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…and Found!

Perspective is everything. As was the case for Plato’s cave dwellers, reality is often defined by what is perceived by the senses. This world, in all its “lostness,” is in a constant state of blindly grabbing for a handle on what is real. However, when someone is “found,” they stand on a firm foundation. As ...

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The Cliff

In 1991, one had quite a few options when it came to video games. Nintendo and Sega had kicked off the “console wars,” and home PC ownership was higher than ever. But for all of the love that the Marios and the Sonics of the virtual world received, there was one group of digital denizens ...

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The Lost and God

Reading the historical narratives of the Old Testament is often the entry point for so many children in the church. The accounts of Noah, Abraham, and David give us history with a theological underpinning. Yet even these narratives are the unfortunate victims of poor interpretation. This problem is often also present in the prophetic sections ...

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Terrified by Truth

Hands down, the passage in scripture that should terrify the American church is Matthew 25:31-46. It is a lot, but it is definitely worth reading in whole: So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good ...

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How Lost are the Lost?

The news never fails to illustrate what the Bible says about our world, about people. It might seem like a six degrees of Kevin Bacon exercise, but pretty much any high-profile news story has some similarity or connection to another story in the headlines. Usually, the tie that binds them is an illustrative point about ...

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Scared of not being Scared

Fall is here. If you find yourself inside a store, it means everything is pumpkin spice, football, and Halloween. If you’re lucky, you might stumble across a NFL themed, nutmeg and cinnamon infused, spooky ceiling decoration. That hits the “big three” of fall, and annoys all passersby at the same time. Halloween is always a ...

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The Danger of the Dinner Table

The dinner table is dangerous. I’m not talking about the potential for a leg giving out and a terrible collapse, nor am I too concerned about the potential for overindulging and the related health issues. The dinner table is dangerous because it brings and keeps us together. At least, it has the potential to. Watching ...

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Victims to Blame

What is a victim? That word carries a lot of meaning (or meanings) these days. The most basic definition is “a person harmed as the result of an action.” That is pretty generic. However, the weight that we’ve placed on that word is significantly more nuanced. Today, it is common to think of a victim ...

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Lost

I’ve never been lost. At least, I don’t think I have. Maybe I have been lost, but through dumb luck I wandered back to where I should be. If you think about it rationally, as soon as someone begins to perceive they are lost they would stop, turn around, and return to the familiar. But ...