Category: Matt’s Blog

Matt’s Blog: Graduation Day

I distinctly remember the day I graduated from seminary. In fact, I have found myself thinking about that day quite often recently. I remember the excitement of pursuing my calling of pastoral ministry with the tools and training that I received from my professors. I also remember the many, many questions that filled my mind...

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Matt’s Blog: Unfamiliar Spaces

A 2014 Pew Research study found that most Americans, whether conservative or liberal, actively prefer to live in communities that reflect their own cultural identities and ethnic makeup. While surprising to some, the data only confirmed what has historically been true, not only in the United States but around the world: we stay close with...

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Matt’s Blog: Solutions to Conflict

One of the most often repeated solutions to conflict in the community is “love.” But if the first duty of love is to listen, as author and theologian Paul Tillich suggests, it seems that our task may be more challenging than at first glance. That’s because as a culture, we have lost our ability to...

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Matt’s Blog: Muscle Confusion

A decade ago I became addicted to a new fitness regimen called Crossfit. Crossfit is dedicated to “forging elite fitness” and their philosophy is based on the principle of muscle confusion. When we want to get physically fit, it is healthy to create a little muscle confusion. It is necessary to disrupt our status quo....

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Matt’s Blog: Asking the Right Questions

Mission is not primarily an activity, it is our very identity as God’s children! Those were some of the challenging words brought to us last weekend by Pastor Stephanie Williams at our Flood Family Rally. What a rich time of being together and leaning in to practical ways of participating in the mission of God...

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An Important Staffing Update from Pastor Matt

Flood Family, Our goal is to be an ever growing movement of hope and healing. Throughout Jesus’ life we see Him calling people to Himself, training them in His words, His works and His ways, and sending them out to expand the Kingdom of God. Following the same model, I have always desired Flood to...

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Matt’s Blog: A Better Education

Over the past half-century millions of hours and dollars have been spent to uncover the obstacles to better educating our students. That’s because despite our country’s #1 ranking in GDP, the US is not even in the top 15 in world education rankings. While researchers looked immediately into the role of class sizes and teaching...

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Matt’s Blog: A Mariachi Trumpet

This week I joined several thousand faith leaders and practitioners in Los Angeles for an annual gathering called CCDA and appropriately enough, it all kicked off on Wednesday night with a mariachi trumpet. But the trumpeter was not alone. He was followed by a joyous procession of walkers that participated in what was called El...

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Matt’s Blog: Good News

The verdict is in: guilty of obstruction of justice and embezzlement. But in the middle of pronouncing the judgement the chairperson stops to say, “I have some great news. I just saved a bunch of money on my car insurance.” You may remember this ad from Geico Insurance, part of a national campaign to spread...

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Matt’s Blog: Nine Marathons

Imagine deciding to walk a marathon tomorrow morning. Though incredibly challenging, many of us could manage the entire 26 miles. Now imagine walking the length of 9 marathons as a single college woman in the country of Malawi. After personally experiencing the lack of access to medical care in Malawi, Duwa Mvula walked over 200...

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