Hold On a Little More: Encouragement for Advent

Hold On a Little More: Encouragement for Advent

It started the evening of June 18th. I was in bed working on my computer when out of nowhere my left arm felt very wrong, like it had suddenly fallen asleep. My forearm and fingers felt numb, and I couldn’t move my hand normally. I leapt out of bed in a panic...
I Give Thanks

I Give Thanks

I’m in one of my favorite places this morning, sitting on the couch in my pajamas with my laptop. I feel so at home in this cozy little house in Berkeley. For the last three and a half years, since that life-changing day in May of 2016, Annie and...
#10YearChallenge

#10YearChallenge

I’ve never been one to stand on the sidelines, especially if there’s a bandwagon to jump on. So here’s my contribution to the #10YearChallenge. 2009 was a good year in many ways. I had just started my new job as worship pastor at Redeemer Covenant Church in...
Gay God Love Year

Gay God Love Year

A few weeks back, I wrote about why my identity as a gay man matters—-even in church, maybe even especially in church. I’m glad that I was able to find the words and that they resonated with so many of you. It led to some good, healthy conversations on Facebook...
We Get It, You’re Gay

We Get It, You’re Gay

includer © David Hayward aka The Naked Pastor Purchase a print here. I recently got some feedback about my ministry from someone who used to go to my church. He basically said “I don’t want to hear that Matt’s gay every Sunday.” Oof. I’ll...
Deeply Christian and Profoundly Gay

Deeply Christian and Profoundly Gay

It’s National Coming Out Day, and I have been doing a lot of thinking about my identity. For many, many years I tried to deny a central part of myself, and when I finally came out publicly in 2016, it was really important to me to “live in congruence with...

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