Posts by Matt Harkey

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From Sound Bites To Sound Doctrine

by Matt Harkey

A sound bite culture can be a dangerous world. We live in a world of sound bites and marketable slogans. Thanks to the Internet age and advancements in technology we are now able to quickly and effectively transmit information at incalculable speeds. With a mere swipe of the finger and tap of the app we […]

An Outcome of Christ’s Sacrifice

by Matt Harkey

What was the outcome of Christ’s sacrifice? Well there wasn’t just one. We could search the New Testament and find multiple results of Christ’s death on the cross. In Hebrews 9:12 we read of one, however, as the author writes: “[Christ] did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered […]

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood or Boz?

by Matt Harkey

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Boz, two programs for kids, one secular, another “Christian.” Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is a PBS Kids television series production. Boz is produced by Exclaim Entertainment, LLC, that envisions creating “high-quality Christian programming for children.” My son and I watched episodes of both programs the other day. Though I’ve seen maybe 10 episodes of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, my […]

The Superior Son on David’s Throne

by Matt Harkey

If a good father had children in a room, some were his and others were not, and he was asked to respond to the question, “which are most important to you?”, how would he respond? His own kids. And why? Because they share a unique relationship with the father. So it is with Jesus. He […]

An Actual & Absolute Savior

by Matt Harkey

In Hebrews 7:25 we read the words: Therefore, He is always able to save those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to intercede for them. (HCSB) It is on the basis[1] of Jesus’ endless life and permanent priesthood that the author can say those relevant words in v. 25. What may […]

Completing our Praise in the Congregation

by Matt Harkey

The psalmist, David, writes in Psalm 34:1-3 (ESV). . . 1     I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. 2    My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. 3    Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together! Let me draw […]

D-Groups entry #1 2015

by Matt Harkey

If you were to ask me, “What is the most significant aspect of your ministry to the young adults?” I’d answer: D-Groups. Let me tell you why… Before Christ ascended to heaven he left his disciples with a task…a task of discipleship. Specifically, Jesus commanded, “Go, therefore, and make disciples . . .” (Matt 28:19). In carrying […]

A Spiritual Battle

by Matt Harkey

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens—Eph. 6:12 (NET) Recognize you are in a spiritual battle. It’s so easy to forget isn’t it? It’s so easy to think that our […]

Do you fear man or God?

by Matt Harkey

I was having a conversation with my pastor and friend this afternoon about the temptation we Christians often face to be timid in our faith. He brought it up. I resonated with it. So I thought I’d take a moment to blog about the root cause of our timidity in standing up for Christ. It’s […]

Mundane Worship

by Matt Harkey

I picked up a book this afternoon that I read for a Seminary class about a year ago called Recalling the Hope of Glory.  Like many of the other books I read in Seminary, this one I just zoomed through. But it’s been beckoning me for quite some time, saying, “pick up and read.” Without […]