Our nation seems more divided than ever on moral and spiritual issues. The different tribes watch comfortable cable channels, subscribe to congenial blogs, or lob incendiary posts at other tribes on social media. Each group is trying to control the script—evangelicals included.There are fewer places where the tribes even live side by side. A New... Continue Reading →
by Matthew Raley I'll be speaking about my book, The Diversity Culture, tomorrow, September 11th in Cottonwood. The conference takes place from 9 AM to 1 PM at 1st Baptist Church, 3320 Brush Street. You can reach the church for more information at (530) 347-3691. Here is a map to the church. I am very... Continue Reading →
by Matthew Raley Here's the audio archive of the interview I did this afternoon on "KKMS Live with Jeff and Lee." Thanks for the opportunity, guys!
by Matthew Raley Last week, I was interviewed about my new book The Diversity Culture by Tracy Haney for Prime Time America on Moody Radio. The interview was broadcast on July 9th during Part 2 of the program and is archived on the web. Many thanks to Tracy for all his work and interest!
I can do four presentations about my book that are suitable for many groups and settings. My biographical info and picture are on the About Matt page, and you can click here if you're interested in having me speak to your group. A Fresh Look at the Samaritan Woman Meet the woman at the well... Continue Reading →
by Matthew Raley My email command center refreshes the inevitable advertisements whenever I so much as breathe. So I find myself confronted with faces smoothed from wrinkles and thighs cured of cellulite -- all by the miracle of photoshop. When the screen isn't filled with skin, there are rows of teeth. I understand the intent.... Continue Reading →
by Matthew Raley To my frustration, the default mode of pastors when teaching the New Testament is, "We have to cross a huge gap of time and culture to understand the 1st century." The Bible is indeed a foreign book, and studying it does require effort. Its foreign nature derives from a national Jewish narrative... Continue Reading →
A couple of years ago, browsing through a used bookstore in St. Helena, CA, I discovered a paperback edition of Alexis de Tocqueville's classic, Democracy In America. The volume was flawless, the spine and the covers uncreased, the pages without a mark or fold. I bought it, only to discover that the book had a... Continue Reading →
by Matthew Raley It transpired in the media during Holy Week that evangelicalism, like Lazarus, is bound for the grave despite the earnest prayers of believers for healing. That this came to light is not cause for dismay. The week began with a cover story by Newsweek's editor Jon Meacham, "The Decline and Fall of... Continue Reading →