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Matthew is willing to speak on a variety of different subjects. If you’d like to invite Matthew to speak, you can request your own topic or choose from this list of featured talks and make your request here!

Jesus claimed to be the messiah,84or “Christ.” See Mark 14:61-62 the savior,85Luke 19:10 sent by God,86Luke 10:16 the Way, the Truth, the Life87John 14:6, and the “Son of man” defined in the book of Daniel as the magnificent figure, coming with the clouds of Heaven, given glory, authority, sovereign power, worship by all peoples of every kind, and a kingdom that will last forever.88Compare Daniel 7:13-14 with Mark 14:62-64

Anyone could say these things about themselves. Many people have! But there is something about Jesus that has survived the test of time, and to not take a close look at this man is to gamble at an extraordinary risk. If Jesus really is who He claimed to be, this changes everything! What evidence do we have to believe this is true? In this talk, Matthew shows that faith in Jesus is far from blind, but a reasonable, thoughtful posture in view of all the evidence for Christianity.

For a long time in history, God “needed” to exist. Stuff happened in the sky, we didn’t understand it, so we said that it must be God. Later on, people started realizing that so much of the phenomena on earth have natural explanations.

Many people think that we should have outgrown God by now. To them, it seems that belief in God has been replaced by science, and that faith today is harmful to the future of the scientific enterprise. Is this true? In this talk, Matthew discusses the relationship between faith and science, showing that science is not opposed to Christian faith, nor should Christians be opposed to science.

If you are in a courtroom, chances are somebody is going to give a testimony of something that happened in the past. Lawyers have their methods of verifying or denying these truth claims. The more evidence, the stronger the case.

The message of Jesus is also a story about the past, written by real people who claim to be telling the truth. The books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are not just books in the Bible. They are historical documents. So when we ask the question of Jesus we can look at the gospels as such in a scholarly way. Do these books, the biographies of Jesus, stand up to scrutiny? In this talk, Matthew explores this question to show that the testimonies of Jesus can be trusted.

The Resurrection of Jesus is perhaps the most controversial subject in all history. If Jesus really did come back to life, it would confirm Christianity and be considered the most important event in history. If Jesus stayed dead, it would ruin Christianity and be considered the greatest hoax in history.

Despite the many disagreements, there are a number of historical events surrounding the resurrection story which are generally accepted among all historians of Jesus, Christian and non-Christian. Two thousand years ago, something happened which launched the Christian movement. In this talk, Matthew looks at the pieces to show that the resurrection of Jesus is the most reasonable solution which makes sense of the known historical events.

The Problem of Evil is one of the most challenging barriers to embracing the Christian faith. Wouldn’t a perfectly good an powerful God remove evil every time? It’s an important question, one which requires careful attention and a whole lot more than a simple bumper-sticker response.

Among all the different questions which people ask about God, the question of evil is very different from other other questions we can ask. We aren’t just dealing with a problem that’s swirling around in our heads. We don’t just think about evil. We feel it! To address this subject, Matthew explores the “Problem of Evil” from the head to the heart.

We live in exciting times, times where God has been revealing himself in tangible ways which defy any kind of naturalistic explanation. Testimonies of God’s miraculous power to heal and deliver are coming from all corners of the globe. In America, a recent Barna study showed that 27 percent of Americans have experienced a healing miracle which medicine cannot account for. Wow!

In this talk, Matthew explains the nature of these miracles and how a church can faithfully jump into what God is doing.

Knowledge of your identity in Christ is the arguably the most important component to an effective life of ministry and spiritual maturity. Practically every commandment of Paul in the Bible is rooted in his lessons of identity which always come prior.

In this message, Matthew traces the logic of Paul to help us understand the good news of who we are in Jesus, and why it matters in our everyday lives.

The Fear of God is mentioned across 274 verses in the Bible.[footnote]Survey conducted November 2016 by Matthew Tingblad[/footnote] It is an important concept of scripture. How do we understand this concept in its cultural context and contemporary application? Are there any differences between Old and New Testament?

In this talk, Matthew tackles this tricky topic, working through a large number of Old and New Testament texts to explain what the Fear of God is and why it matters to our lives as we draw near to Him.

God has a way of taking people on wild rides of joy and passion for his Kingdom. Many of us are familiar with that rush, when the Holy Spirit meets us in powerful ways and we find ourselves overwhelmed by God’s loving presence! But what happens when we don’t feel that way anymore? Is something wrong? Are we falling away from God? Is God still present? Are we even saved?!

Seasons of dryness have a purpose, and God has a way of maturing us in unique ways through those times. In this message, Matthew helps us understand what God may be saying in this “Dark night of the Soul.”

There is no greater news than the good news of Jesus Christ! In the chaos of our world, those of us who know Jesus are desperate for others to have the chance to hear of Jesus and the opportunity to receive him. Why is so much of the church silent?

One of the reasons we hesitate is because we are afraid, and one of the reasons we are afraid is because we don’t know how or what to expect. In this message, Matthew offers some practical advice for getting the message out and breaking through the barrier of fear.

It is no secret why the church has put such great emphasis on the closing words of Jesus in the book of Matthew. The command to go and make disciples of all nations (Matt. 28:16-20) is central to the global Christian movement and the heartbeat of Christ for his lost bride.

In this message, Matthew works through the text of the Great Commission, urging others to become a part of God’s story so that the whole world would hear about the amazing message of King Jesus.

Listen to Matthew give a condensed version of his talk on why God allows evil to a group of high school students in 2018. A presentation of the gospel is given at the end.