Matt Campbell – Reflections on Life, Ministry and Scripture

Greg Boyd
August 4, 2008, 3:42 pm
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My brother recently posted Charlie Rose interviewing pastor/author Greg Boyd. The interview centers on Boyd’s book The Myth of a Christian Nation and the majority of the interview discusses faith/politics. Good interview that is worth checking out…


Great Leadership Resource
July 29, 2008, 8:44 pm
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I am not one to give many endorsements for leadership books often, but before you go out and purchase any other book(s) on leadership please order Axiom by Bill Hybels. I received my copy last week and have not put it down since opening. This book is an awesome resource for the Church leader and Hybels’ format makes for easy reading. He includes 76 leadership proverbs drawn from his experience in the local church. No leadership mumbo-jumbo, only what he has experienced and has chosen to share. No drawn principles rather bite-size chunks. Check it out…

July 18, 2008, 1:37 am
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Since Nicole and I have owned our house I have made it a top priority to be the best neighbor I can. I hold my job as a neighbor to be one of the more important tasks set in front of me and I pray for them by name daily. In particular, I work hard to befriend those to my right and left. I see these folk a lot because I share a driveway on one side and a fence on the other side. And, boy, It’s nice to have someone greet you with a smile (other than your spouse or happy dog) when you get home from work.

We have had multiple neighbors to the house on our right and I am so proud that I have known each neighbor by name and known on a fairly personally level. There a lot of things that are worth bragging about, but this is one of the “tops” for me. In fact, one family attends church where I serve.

My newest neighbor is about as nice a man I have come across. He, in all seriousness, might be as giving of his time than any other person I have met. I am unsure if he is a believer. He has mentioned belief in a higher power, but never in Jesus. Never once have I been aggressive in converting him, though…it’s actually never been on top of my list. Just tried hard to be as good a neighbor I can be.

Last week he and I were working between our houses, loading brush and pine needles in my truck to haul away. We had a pretty good conversation about general stuff and even talked faith a bit. I hadn’t thought about this until he mentioned it later, but my radio station was tuned to the Christian station. He saw me as he was backing out later that night and said he loved that station so much he pre-set on his station. It reminded him of songs he sang when he was younger.

I am fairly sure that God is hearing my prayers and is stirring in his heart. Please say a prayer this man. I won’t mention his name, but ask that you do pray for him.

Gettin’ Settled….
July 6, 2008, 3:20 am
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Life is good!!! Family life is better!!! The Heavenly Father is best!!! And His blessings are incomparable. I echo the praises of the prophet: “Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted.” (Is. 12:4)

Well…Nicole, Lily and I (don’t forget Boomer) are now home and adjusting well. Nicole’s parents are here and have made everything far easier for us had we come back to an empty home. The overflow of care, kind words, cards and visits from our church friends has blown us away (how people live apart from the Church I don’t know). The next step??? Headin’ back to work Monday morning (I’m a story teller for VBS).

Peace…Matt c.

Lilly Grace Campbell
July 2, 2008, 4:01 pm
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Lillian (Lilly) Grace Campbell was born July 1st at 7:54pm and weighed in at 6lbs 4oz and measured at 18in.

What can I give back to God for the blessings He’s poured out on me this day? May these few words be lifted as a toast to Him. He alone is worthy of our praise and our smiles.

Waiting on the Baby!!!
June 25, 2008, 3:52 pm
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As I am write this note my cell phone is in my pocket waiting for “the” call. By “the” call I refer to Nicole calling to say, “Matt, it’s time for the baby to get out of my belly! Take me to the hospital!!!” And, literally, she could call at any moment. We both want to share that surprise. We both want that memory to look back upon. I can’t wait for that call. Her bags are packed. I have a good book in a bag along with my computer, camera and ipod. This is definitely the most unique experience of my life thus far.

We spent forever deciding on a name for the new little girl in our family. Well, let me rephrase that. We spent forever agreeing on a name. Nicole knew exactly what the name would be, I was just a little slow in realizing Nicole would get her way. So, I cannot reveal the name yet. I’ll give you a hint, though. It starts with a “L”.

For the most part we have everything ready for when we get back home. The nursery is finished. The good people at our church threw us shower to furnish us with lots of essentials. All the guys threw me a diaper party (it was really more of a wiffel ball party that required diapers for entrance). A good friend is cleaning our house while we are in the hospital. And…well…I’m sure we are forgetting a few things, but that will just have to be a surprise waiting in disguise for now.

I would say that even Boomer is ready for the baby. He has turned into a lovey-dovey dog that last few weeks. He cuddles, licks and gives more attention than I can remember. He is and will continue to be a good companion for our family.

I will be posting lots of pics of the addition to the Campbell family. When that time comes no one knows. Until then we are just “waitin’ on the baby.”

Authors worth keeping tabs on…
May 28, 2008, 9:06 pm
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When I was younger my siblings and I constantly made fun of and complained about the number of books my dad had at home, in his church office and in his car. Seriously, if you saw the amount of books in my Dad’s library you’d understand. However, it’s funny how much I am taking after my Dad because I am beginning to cultivate an ever growing library of my own. We kids still poke fun at my Dad, but I now immensely respect my Dad for his library because it displays that he was always learning (Even today you could find him in the middle of ten or so books at a time…it’s amazing). He is the best example in my life of a lifelong learner. He could use sermons over and over, but there is no need…he is always learning and developing fresh thoughts. He is 65, but definitely more progressive in his thinking/writing and farther on the cutting edge than I probably will ever be. From his example I learned being well-read is important if I am preach a lifetime.

—My mom actually wrote me the other day with URL to his new website. It’s still being constructed, but will begin posting thoughts soon—

In my father’s footsteps I love to read (this wasn’t always true). From his bookshelves and of others I respect I’ve discovered several authors worth keeping tabs on. Below are some a few of the authors that grace their shelves…and now grace mine.

Ministry and Leadership

Leonard Sweet

Tom Rainer

Theological and Scholarly

N.T. Wright

Eugene Peterson

Philip Yancey

Dallas Willard

Authors Having Passed

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Henri Nouwen

A.W. Tozer

Leeland Ryken