moving the podcast – interview from October 30, 2013
Matt has a great blog that you should check out, and I’ve linked some of his posts below to help you get to know him a little better over there. Meanwhile, take a listen as he talks to me about not being “one of those types of pastors”, how his family grew from one to four children in the course of five months, and how he’s so tall he once impaled his head on a coat hook. We also have a great chat about the benefits and challenges of communicating through the written word.
“Yes, He called me to be a pastor, but I’m not just that.”
0:00 ~ not a stereotypical pastor
9:07 ~ a great chat about writing
17:50 ~ 1 to 4 kids in five months
30:50 ~ the hook incident (or: the perils of being 6’7″)
36:25 ~ wife with a gun!
moving the podcast – interview from September 17, 2013
Matt is just a genuinely nice guy. He has a heart for service and Jesus and I think teaching. I wanted to talk to him about his work for Cru, a Christian non-profit that’s active in 191 countries across the globe. We did that, and then we did a little verbal globe-trotting ourselves! We talk about his foreign travels, how he gets paid to go to the beach on spring break, and the importance of being of service to other people.
“Instead of making myself the center of a ministry…I’m coming in as a servant
to other people and the body of Christ, and I’m saying ‘what has the Lord
put on your heart…and how can I help you accomplish that?'”
0:00 ~ writer, StoryMan, huge smiler
6:50 ~ Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ)
13:30 ~ from teacher to Cru missionary
18:45 ~ an open-ended job description
29:00 ~ What are those trips all about?
36:25 ~ life changing world travels
44:05~ two awesome travel stories
50:10 ~ “it doesn’t matter what your role is, it matters what your relationship is”
Matt explains the Atheist Support Group
Matt defines Evangelical for me and I still don’t quite get it
moving the podcast – interview from August 6, 2013
One of my favorite interviews!
I’ve often seen Larry in the same cyber places I was visiting, and I was regularly struck by what a nice guy he seemed to be and the good things he had to say. In our interview, Larry talked to me about his blogging missteps, searching for the right church and letting God shape his dreams. We also talked about how we sometimes head out on a search for self or faith or purpose, only to come around full circle, right back to the place we started from. And how, at forty-five, Larry is just now learning who he is.
“What I’ve realized is that I’ve got a story, and that’s what I’m trying to tell.
In bits and pieces, I’m trying to tell a little bit of my story.”
0:00 ~ meeting in the comment section
6:00 ~ honesty (and vulnerability) in blogging
10:55 ~ the history of Deuceology
16:25 ~ “I’m just now learning who I am.”
20:10 ~ wandering around in a circle
28:20 ~ we’re all in full-time ministry
37:55 ~ Resignation (writing fiction)
41:20 ~ Dunn Holler!
Rob Shepherd is one of those names I’ve seen around almost since the moment I started blogging. I’d read many of his posts over those years, but didn’t know very much about him. Then guest Ricky Anderson suggested I talk to Rob, saying what a great guy he was and how he wasn’t afraid of anything.
I found out Rob actually is afraid of some things, after all. We talk about that, the balancing act between husband, father and pastor, and his first book, about fighting his people-pleasing addiction.
“So when you start to understand how God created you and really start plugging in
to the areas that you are gifted, it really starts to give you some confidence
to do some of those things that used to be scary to you.”
0:00 ~ a sorta southern former military brat
6:25 ~ writing random things
10:45 ~ the pastor balancing act
17:25 ~ fear and people pleasing
22:55 ~ facing fear (baby steps & diving in)
28:35 ~ Rob Shepherd, author