Author Archives: stephen matlock

The Collector of Dreams

By | February 18, 2018

We had a flash fiction contest this weekend, to write 1000 words using the prompt “collector.” I wrote this quickly, thinking about how we treat our children and families. Typically I don’t post my flash fiction as it either is just a work in progress or it is a story I am attempting to sell/market,… Read More »

Does White Privilege Exist?

By | January 23, 2018

Recently a sincere white American Christian male asserted that there is no such thing as white privilege, that white Christians have no obligation to inquire as to whether there is any such thing as white privilege, that people of color, sexual minorities, and others (including, I’d hazard, women) have nothing to complain about in the… Read More »

The Troublesome Word “Evangelical”

By | January 23, 2018

Evangelicals created the word to separate themselves from historic Christianity that they felt was too liberal. Now they’ve ruined Evangelical. I would identify as an Evangelical, having been raised as one and being one for 50+ years. But now, to associate the term “Evangelical” is to stain myself in scandal and moral antinomy. I call… Read More »

Converting the Unconvertable

By | January 17, 2018

You cannot change someone’s mind through the presentation of fact. That presentation of fact happens later, after they are willing to be persuaded. What changes people is personal interaction and communication. So outside of any change of mind, connection with people can lead to a chance for a change in direction. It happens very, very… Read More »

The Evangel and Evangelicals

By | December 23, 2017

It’s weird to me. My friends who are not connected to white Evangelicalism see all the things white Evangelicals are doing. They see the open adulation of whiteness and religiosity and absolutely crazy & delusional “rationalizations” for supporting people like Trump and Moore and somehow making it OK because Jesus. This is actually going on,… Read More »

Review: A Civil War Christmas

By | December 17, 2017

We saw #Taproot Theatre’s production of “A Civil War Christmas” last night, and I have to say, I wanted to like this more, but could not. This was not due to the sets, the lighting, the staging, the choreography, the sound, the music, costumes, or the actors—all which were competent and professional. It was the… Read More »

Evangelicals Lose It All for Their Mess of Pottage

By | December 12, 2017

I have to say this AGAIN IN CAPS to my Evangelical friends: WHEN YOU MAKE IT ALL ABOUT ABORTION, YOU END UP WITH TERRIBLE, DESPICABLE CANDIDATES WHO KNOW YOU HAVE NO OTHER STANDARDS. Had Evangelicals looked at the candidates in Alabama in the primary, they would have selected Luther Strange, who would have won this… Read More »

Love Wins, But Sometimes It Comes in Second

By | December 11, 2017

“May God have mercy on us all. I only know I miss my daughter Patti very much and I am grateful for having her as my daughter.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/12/11/how-is-my-daughter-a-pervert-alabama-dads-plain-spoken-rebuke-of-roy-moore-strikes-a-nerve/ Would you abandon your child if they told you they were gay? Would you sit there while your preacher preached hate about your child? Would you sit… Read More »