My Platform Response to Ahmaud Arbery’s Death

Here are my comments regarding the Ahmaud Arbery shooting and subsequent video, shared from the platform of New Hope Church on May 10, 2020: I have to take just a moment and acknowledge something that has dominated the headlines these recent days, and, if I may say, should have been dominating the headlines these recent weeks. I want you to […]

A Lament for Ahmaud

When my white friends (and those who have chosen to no longer be my friends) wonder why I continue to talk about racial justice and issues of marginalization, and the privilege of white people sharing and even surrendering power and position to those with brown and black bodies, and I put it forward as the gospel issue that it is, […]

An Invitation to Fast

An invitation: In light of the COVID-19 pandemic I am inviting the New Hope Church family to set aside Wednesdays as a day of fasting and prayer during which we seek God’s mercy for these uncertain and grievous days. -Pastor Matthew Responding to an existential threat from an approaching army, one ancient monarch, Jehoshaphat, called his people to “fast throughout […]

“To the Other Side”

One of the most vivid stories in the histories of Jesus is when he and his disciples find their boat tossed to and fro upon the stormy waters Galilee’s sea. Consider their experience as recorded by Mark in the history that bears his name: On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to […]

Reflections on Suffering

The great Apostle Peter once wrote, “Therefore, let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good” (1 Peter 4:19). Clearly Peter understood two very important things: when we do the will of God suffering may come (contrary to the whole health and wealth narrative), and God is faithful in the midst […]

Four Prayer Habits I Learned from My Mother

When I was a little boy my dad and mom would gather our little family in our living room each evening for a brief time in the Scriptures and for prayer. Though this was over 40 years ago, I remember these moments as if it were yesterday. Significantly, I recall at least four habits that my mom either told us to implement, or, at […]