Matt Kaufman

Matt Kaufman has been a columnist for Boundless since the site’s founding in 1998, and did a stint as editor in 2002-2003. He’s also a former staffer and current contributing editor for Focus on the Family Citizen magazine. Matt is a freelance writer/editor who spent some years in Colorado, but gave up the mountains for the cornfields: He now lives in his hometown of Urbana, home of the University of Illinois. His house is a five minute drive from the one where he grew up, and he enjoys daily walks around the park where he used to play baseball.

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Little Things Mean a Lot to Your Pastor

Few people have a clue about the burdens pastors carry. That’s due both to the men and to the job: The men generally are humble, not self-promoting, and the job entails a lot of personal ministry and confidentiality. Those who do see the pastor’s work …

The Rewards of Service

I once served on a church nominating committee, seeking volunteers to serve on other boards and committees. It was a brief experience but a memorable one: For a couple of months, lots of people stopped making eye contact with me. Church members I used …

Priorities in Choosing a Church

When I was in my mid-30s, I moved to a new city and set out to find a church to join. Within my denomination, there were three or four within reasonable driving range, with a couple more within city limits. I decided to visit them all. I had an idea in …

What’s Your Motivation?

“What’s my motivation?” Actors have been asking that question for a long time. It’s not enough for them simply to follow the script they’re given: If they’re going to be convincing in their roles, they have to know why their characters say and do the t …

What’s the Point of Freedom and Democracy?

“I am a democrat because I believe in the Fall of Man. I think most people are democrats for the opposite reasons. A great deal of democratic enthusiasm descends from the ideas of people like Rousseau, who believe in democracy because they thought mank …

It’s the Resurrection or Nothing

During Easter Sunday services, I heard one of my favorite passages, 1 Corinthians 15:13-20 (ESV): But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised.  And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and y …

Everybody Loves an Upset

What’s the best part of March Madness? There’s so much to choose from. There’s the sheer volume of basketball, especially the first few days. There’s the high stakes: Every game means a lot. There’s the fun of picking brackets, trying to figure out whi …

The Problem With Prejudice

When most of us hear the word prejudice, we think first of a negative attitude toward groups of people, often based on race. With that in mind, we also may think of it as an attitude held mainly by other people, not ourselves (since we, naturally, depl …

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