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
    When we stop caring about what people think, we lose our capacity for connection. When we become defined by what people think, we lose our willingness to be vulnerable. If we dismiss all the criticism, we lose out on important feedback, but if we subject ourselves to the hatefulness, our spirits get crushed. It’s a tightrope, shame resilience is the balance bar, and the safety net below is the one or two people in our lives who can help us reality-check the criticism and cynicism.
    Note: Brene Brown on how to handle criticism, and it's awesome
  • 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.