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About StriderMTB

Hi, I'm Matt. "Strider" from Lord of the Rings is my favorite literary character of all time and for various reasons I write under the pseudonym "StriderMTB. As my blog suggests I seek to live out both the excitement and tension of a Christian walk with Christ in the 3rd world context of Asia. I am unmarried yet blessed to oversee an orphanage of amazing children in South-East Asia. I hate lima beans and love to pour milk over my ice-cream. I try to stay active in both reading and writing and this blog is a smattering of my many thoughts. I see the Kingdom of God as Jesus preached it and lived to be the only hope for a broken world and an even more broken and apathetic church.

A Dream: A Sniper Rifle vs. Christ’s Binoculars

I just woke up from a powerful dream…in a coffee shop… in Cambodia. The dream was not about being in a coffee shop in Cambodia; I am literally in Cambodia in a coffee shop, having just woken up from a … Continue reading

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Vegetarianism and Homosexuality

1 Corinthians 5:1-12 “It is widely reported that there is sexual immorality among you… When you are assembled in the name of our Lord Jesus with my spirit and with the power of our Lord Jesus, 5 turn that one over to Satan … Continue reading

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Donald Trump: Fascist or Narcissistic Bully?

Let me start with the bad and then the potential good. Do I think Donald Trump is a fascist or a bigoted racist? No. BUT I do believe he is a thinned-skinned, revengeful, narcissistic bully who masks his deep insecurities with … Continue reading

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Dorito Chips and Fetuses

When pro-abortion activists, specifically NARAL, can be offended by a Superbowl commercial over a snack chip that shows an ultrasound of a 9-month old baby and suggest it is part of a pro-life conspiracy to “humanize fetuses” you know you … Continue reading

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Looking at Gethsemane Anew: The Fall and Rise of Jesus

Before he rose up from the depths of the grave, Jesus needed to first rise up from the ground upon which he fell. Don’t be put off. The fall and rise of Jesus that I refer to is not a … Continue reading

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Clotting a Wound with Spiritual Platelets

A few weeks ago one of the orphans at the Children’s Home I oversee, named Vantha, came down with a very severe case of dengue fever. His case was so bad that the private clinics did not want to accept … Continue reading

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Adversity Lesson 3: How the end product of affliction can be a hope that does not dissappoint

Romans 5:2-5 says, “Through Him, we have obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions, … Continue reading

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Adversity Lesson 2: “They will pass through the valley of weeping and make it spring” (Ps. 84:6).

There are two authors and speakers that God has graciously used to bless me and teach me over the past weeks. One is Bob Sorge and the other is Francis Frangipane. Early on when the pain and confusion was most … Continue reading

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Adversity Lesson 1: God comes to change us not only console us

“Dear Matt, what I am about to tell you I say with a very heavy heart. I met someone else when I returned home last month, and he recently proposed to me. It was not planned–it took me by surprise. … Continue reading

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Responding to the Problem of Moral Evil

When the atheist asks– “If God exists how can he allow evils like rape, theft and murder to exist?”– it is critical to take note of the fact that the atheist is working off the assumption that actions like rape, … Continue reading

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