About Matthew Stout

I'm a husband, dad, youth minister, sometimes cartoonist, and all-around mediocre guy.

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  • Matthew shared from Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown
    Going back to Roosevelt’s “Man in the Arena” speech, I also learned that the people who love me, the people I really depend on, were never the critics who were pointing at me while I stumbled. They weren’t in the bleachers at all. They were with me in the arena. Fighting for me and with me.
  • Matthew shared from Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown
    Imperfect parenting moments turn into gifts as our children watch us try to figure out what went wrong and how we can do better next time. The mandate is not to be perfect and raise happy children. Perfection doesn’t exist, and I’ve found that what makes children happy doesn’t always prepare them to be courageous, engaged adults.
    Note: Brene Brown kicking my butt in the first chapter already
  • Matthew shared from Classic Christianity (Systematic Theology) by Thomas C. Oden
    your body” are “instruments of righteousness” (Rom. 6:13). The Christian hope risks distortion if stated as if it were essentially a hope for the soul’s escape from the prison of the body into a purely spiritual realm. Christianity hopes for the renewal of the whole person, where I will again be myself, will live again in my glorified body (Ignatius, Smyrna 2–9). It is the body revivified that rises in the resurrection. “It is precisely the substance of this our flesh but without sin, which will rise again” (Formula of Concord, 548). Manichaean teaching of matter as evil is rejected...
    Note: A word on the hope of resurrection from Oden
  • Matthew shared from The Recovery of a Contagious Methodist Movement (Adaptive Leadership Series) by George G Hunter III
    When everybody in a so-called Christian culture is assumed to be a Christian, this assumption immunizes people against the possibility of becoming actual followers of Jesus Christ.
  • Matthew shared from Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why He Matters by N. T. Wright
    Perhaps, indeed, it has been the same in our own day. Perhaps even “his own people”—this time not the Jewish people of the first century, but the would-be Christian people of the Western world—have not been ready to recognize Jesus himself. We want a “religious” leader, not a king! We want someone to save our souls, not rule our world! Or, if we want a king, someone to take charge of our world, what we want is someone to implement the policies we already embrace, just as Jesus’s contemporaries did. But if Christians don’t get Jesus right, what chance is there that other people...
    Note: Dang I think this book is gonna be good