A Sincere Thank You – My Final Post on The Church of No People

October 26, 2015

Thank you.

I don’t know how long I sat in front of my computer, trying to figure out how to begin this final post. The only thing that seems appropriate is to begin by thanking you.

For giving me your time.

For sharing with me your thoughts.

For putting up with me when I have been wrong.

I have been so humbled by all of the time you have shared with me.

There is a season for all things, and it is hard for me to believe that I have kept this season going, kept this torch lit for seven years. My life is in a very different place than it was seven years ago. Blogging itself is very different. Seven years ago, I secretly started a blog, on a whim, and didn’t even tell my wife for a month. I didn’t want to tell her if I was just going to quit.

Today, I am several years into a teaching career that I love. I have a wide vision for the program I am building. I am getting my feet wet in a new church and look forward to a new chapter in my ministry life. I am a dad to a child for whom Cheri and I prayed for years. And I have many other ambitions and projects, decades worth of work, that I want to accomplish. When I started writing, none of this existed.

Blogging has been a fruitful pastime for me. It brought me two books. I was listed among the most widely read Christian bloggers by Church Relevance. I got to travel to Africa. And I met, in person and online, many insightful, gifted writers, whom I admired. Cheri and I were invited into the homes of readers when we traveled. It is for all of these reasons that I have found it hard to say good-bye to this chapter.

But I add up the things I now do, and the things I wish to do, and it is clear that the time has come. I am supposed to be a teacher. I am supposed to be a leader. I am supposed to be a dad and husband. But right now, I am not supposed to be a writer, at least not in this capacity.

I leave this chapter, this platform, with mixed feelings. On the one hand,  am not so sure that the world or the church has improved in seven years. I am not certain that all of our words, our social media, our memes and quotes has accomplished what we have hoped for. Next week, I will almost certainly have thoughts and feelings about the goings-on in the world, but I do not feel that my first and best efforts should be dedicated to sharing those feelings publicly.

On the other hand, while I may sometimes be cynical, anxious or fearful about the state of the world, I am eternally optimistic about the Church (capital C). As Screwtape told his nephew, we humans cannot see the Church as the Enemy sees it. We see the human edifice, the petty ideas, the big show, all of which is destined to go as chaff. But Christ’s Church is his Bride, and it is eternal. We may be living in a cultural and spiritual slump in this generation. But the flame of the Church, however stifled, however faint, will never die out.

On that note, I leave you, friends, brothers, sisters. I give you my most humble and heartfelt thanks for the time you have shared with me. May you feel all the grace and love of Jesus in your lives.

13 responses to A Sincere Thank You – My Final Post on The Church of No People

  1. Sad to see you stop but it sounds like you’re making a wise choice. Well done for all the good work you’ve done here over the years.

  2. I’m sorry to see you go too! Will you be keeping this blog up so we can read your past posts? Either way, may you and your family be blessed and safe!

  3. Thank you for all the thoughts and ideas you’ve shared here and elsewhere over the years. Many blessings to you, your family, and your students!
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  4. Thank you for the work and words you’ve shared on this blog. I wish you the best in your future paths! :)

  5. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and heart with the world, and thank you for creating a forum for open discussion about the world, Christianity, and Christians in the world. I haven’t been a regular reader for a while (seasons, y’know) but the words I read here often illuminated my life in some way. Even today, one of your statements renewed a specific hope in my heart.

    I wish you all the best with the new ministry and whatever comes. May you always feel God with you.

  6. Thanks for sharing your thoughtful insights.

    A word of advice: keep your feet dry unless you are swimming.

  7. Oh wow, Matt, I’ll miss you! I really enjoyed your posts. You got me thinking a lot and often opened my eyes to what was going on in the world when I so often tried to hide my head in the sand. Good luck to you and your family. If you write another book, I hope you’ll post it here. :-)
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  8. Many prayers, blessings and encouragement for you and your beautiful family as you head out on a new adventure! We had babies at the same time – taught art at the same time and basically you held my hand as we went through some of the same thought processes of life, teaching, family and the Church. God Bless you. Amen.

  9. Matt, thank YOU for sharing your thoughts with us for these years. Sorry to see the blogging stop but totally get it. Wishing you all the best in this new stage of your life :-).
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  10. All I did was see the title and say, “Oh, no!” But I quite understand that you’re at a different place in life right now, and glad for that. Yet the blogosphere will be a little poorer without your brand of thoughtfulness and sanity. How many of your posts have I shared? I hope we see you back one day.
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  11. All of God’s best to you and your family! Awesome that you are putting them before continued blogging “fame!”
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  12. Now who will make me think, shake up my assumptions, and point me in new directions?
    It’s hard to make decisions like these, and you’re doing the right thing. We’ll miss you.