Matthew has been writing since 2002.

He grew up in Portland, OR in a broken, dysfunctional family. Today’s world is a brutal place for men. People are lovers of self, reckless, and dishonorable to their parents. Matt sat his entire youth through church unseen. He wasn’t supposed to make it. Like most others boys in his circumstance, he should have joined gangs, abused substances, used women, cursed the world around him, deemed himself entitled, and detested God. Instead, at age 10 he prayed for salvation.

As society grows in its trickery against the women and its tyranny against the boys, the young men, and the old men, pushing more and more of them over the edge to their own destruction, God has led Matt to set his face like emery harder than flint and fight back. This call was impossible to live up to in his paralyzed state so God put him through a spiritual version of a Navy SEAL hell-week in which he was dropped into the Valley of Death and left alone where he wouldn’t see the light of day, know the pleasures of life, enjoy companionship, or feel anything other than pain for the next decade (see Job 33:19-30). He would experience the most extreme physical pain (kidney stones) and soul pain bestowed on humankind. He would never win gainful employment beyond slaving away at the bottom of the barrel, marry, have kids, or own anything of real value. He’d sleep on garage floors and be homeless with no choice. Even when evangelizing in the sub-Sahara or smuggling Bibles in mainland China, God would have him do it literally on a few dollars a day and rice and sometimes, nothing. Christian men have forgotten that God wants to make soldiers out of men, not self-entitled, pampered whiners (Matt. 8:9-10, 2 Tim. 2:3).

To date, Matt has been around the world a dozen times, nearly 40 countries, paid for his own education in college and seminary, learned to read the Scriptures in Greek and Hebrew on his own, and authored two works on biblical manhood and womanhood consisting of over 700 pages, 222,000 words, sourcing hundreds of articles and books, and thousands of hours of research and writing over ten years–the equivalent of two PhD dissertations–each with no funding, no commissioning, and no publishing contracts. Because the only approval and help you need to do such things is God’s.

Matt in Ephesus in 2002 when he started writing.

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Read his personal story, The Long Road to Manhood.