Education: B.A. Lincoln Christian College, Lincoln, IL 1990 (Preaching)
M.A. Wheaton College, 1995 (Theology and Church History)
Comment to those looking at my sermons: I love to share because I’ve gained invaluable help over the years from countless communicators who have shared with me. I hope that even through the weaknesses and inadequacies I bring to the task of crafting a message, you will find some helpful words or a springboard that launches you into preparing a sermon much more effective than any of these. A sermon that makes Jesus Christ visible, attractive and irresistible.
Sermon or series that made a difference: "Love is Like That" by Enos Dowling,
"Why I Didn’t Quit" by Wayne Smith
One of my favorite illustrations: I think one of my all-time favorites is a story Tony Campolo tells in his book "The Kindgom of God Is a Party." He organizes a surprise birthday party in a diner in Honolulu for a prostitute named Agnes. The guy who runs the diner discovers Campolo is a minister and sneers, "What kind of church do you belong to anyway?" Campolo says, "I belong to a church that throws birthday parties for prostitutes at 3:30 in the morning." The guy says, "No you don’t. There’s no church like that. If ther
Family: Matthew was raised on a farm in Central Illinois and grew up in a home with parents who passionately love Jesus Christ and His Church. He is the youngest of three children.
Matthew and his wife, Kim, were married in October of 1997.
Best advice given to me about preaching: "The mind can only absorb what the seat can endure." (Given to me by my cousin, Steve Schilling, when I was 18 years old after learning I intended to go into the ministry.)
Books that have had an impact: "The Sacred Romance" by Brent Curtis and John Eldredge,
"Worship is a Verb" by Robert Webber,
"When God Builds a Church" by Bob Russell,
"The Connecting Church" by Randy Frazee,
"Well-Intentioned Dragons" by Marshall Shelley
Hobbies: Running, watching the Chicago Bears, Chicago White Sox, or the University of Illinois men’s basketball team, reading, playing basketball.
If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: Love God with all you’ve got. And love people the same way.