All posts by Matthew Shedden

Matthew Shedden is pastor at Defiance Church in a small mountain town in Colorado. There he tries to reclaim the trivial by spending with his family, fly fishing the Roaring Fork, skiing, and cooking.

A Trivial link: 2021 #2

I’ve sent this essay to a couple friends this week because it captures so well the project I care about. Increasingly our world is being pulled into thinking in abstractions. But how do we keep drawing ourselves into the “25-foot...

/ January 15, 2021

Notes from Sermon: 1.10.21

On Mondays I’ll be posting a quote I shared during the sermon or from the cutting room floor. I’ll post the scripture I referenced, and the connections may or may not be obvious. Then Jesus came from Galilee to the...

/ January 11, 2021

A Trivial Link

Given the events of the week (or any given week in America), many people are talking to their kids about politics or asking how much they should discuss politics together. One thing I have learned as a pastor is people...

/ January 9, 2021

‘the single individual’

Lately I’ve been listening to the wonderful biography Philosopher of the Heart: The Restless Life of Søren Kierkegaard by Clare Carlisle. I did not know a lot about Kierkegaard, but the biography is a great introduction that makes you want...

/ January 7, 2021

Binging with Bonhoeffer

In normal life one is often not at all aware that we always receive infinitely more than we give, and that gratitude is what enriches life. One easily overestimates the importance of one’s own acts and deeds, compared with what...

/ January 5, 2021

Notes from the Sermon

On Mondays I’ll be posting a quote I shared during the sermon or from the cutting room floor. I’ll post the scripture I referenced, and the connections may or may not be obvious. The Lord did not come to make...

/ January 5, 2021

Limitation

One resistance to the technological age I tried to practice recently is avoiding books from authors with active social media presences. Obviously, I have exceptions to this rule, but it seems good writers are struggling to get book contracts without...

/ October 13, 2020

Picking apples, making pies

Stay out super late tonight Picking apples, making pies Put a little something in our lemonade and take it with us We’re half awake in a fake empire We’re half awake in a fake empire –The National, Fake Empire

/ July 9, 2020

Bonhoeffer on Absence

Well, that escalated quickly! As soon as my last post published about how all our concerns are being governed by politics the virus came and took over that spot. The core of the post remains true, but things shifted fast....

/ May 15, 2020

The Trivial

In 1986 Stanley Hauerwas wrote a brilliant essay on Peace and the significance of the trivial. The essay is one of my favorites, and I believe is of particular importance today.

/ February 27, 2020