Unsanitary Jesus known to his enemies as Matt and friends as that $#&* (maybe that is supposed to go the other way around). He was born and raised in the great state of Alabama. Contrary to popular opinion living in Alabama did not do much damage to his fragile psyche. In fact his life is proof that intellectual life can be found anywhere, yes Virginia, even in central Alabama. Matt is a proud graduate of Shades Valley High School in Birmingham. He is an even prouder graduate of the University of Tennessee (despite what ESPN says we do graduate… sometimes). Furthermore, Matt lucked into a Masters of Divinity from Samford University, though questions still remain about how he pulled that caper. From 2008 to 2009 he lived and studied in Wheaton, Illinois, where he received a Masters in Biblical Studies (focusing on the impact of religion in America). Ultimately, he desires to do PhD on a thesis exploring the scientific conflict theory which presupposes a direct conflict between science and religion. He wishes he could become the hottest free agent on the Doctoral Fellowship market (Notre Dame, you can begin recruiting him anytime now), but in the meantime is helping out where he can, writing his blog, buying used books for BAM’s 2nd and Charles, and moving toward the establishment of Agnostes Theos, a group advocating for and modeling civil public discourse on religious discourse.
His great loves remain UT football, baseball, Revenge (the show not the action), and seeing the Kingdom break into his life be it in a sanctuary or a barroom. He cannot understand why Natalie Portman could be happily married without him, how snow can fall on a Midwestern spring break, or why Presbyterians can be obnoxious everywhere you go. He regrets the lack of a great love of the opposite sex, but has consigned himself to life of chastity and makes a swell bachelor. He cooks, he cleans, he philosophizes. He is, however, always open to anyone who might want to save him from himself.
Matt loves walks on the beach, sunsets, oh who are we kidding. He enjoys punk and alternative music, bad movies, and has no taste for the finer things of life. He is content with a hotdog and a good double-header. In fact, he could survive on stale popcorn and a Lost re-run. His only dreams in life are to plant Vineyard churches, to get his doctorate, and to continue teaching “good” sinners to be “bad” Christians. He would also like to see Tennesse when another national championship game in his life, but he is realistic enough to enjoy a good SEC championship appearance every now and again. You probably shouldn’t even listen to a word he says but he is perfectly happy if you want to follow his attempts to be a “good” man.