Matt Tarr

About Matt Tarr

Matt currently serves as pastor-teacher at High Point Baptist Church, Larksville, PA. Prior to his ministry at High Point, Matt also served in the counseling department at Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, CA, and as a chaplain at the Scranton-Wyoming Valley Rescue Mission. He enjoys spending time with his wife Melody and his two children, Jonathan and Timothy.

28 Things You Didn’t Know About “Christian” Psychology

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counselingLike any pastor, I make it a major discipline in my life to read a lot. I must; I cannot allow my tools to grow dull. And, like any pastor SHOULD, I spend a significant portion of my week counseling the flock of God. Of course, that means a significant portion of my regular readings come from books on counseling. At any given time, I’m always working through five or more books to help me diagnose the soul and apply biblical principles to the hearts of the hurting, weary, or fainthearted. It is in fact a sad reality that many pastors have absolved themselves from the responsibility to counsel.… Continue reading

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Replacing Scalia and A Hope Not of This World

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scotus sealThe sudden passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia continues to grab national headlines. He has left rather large shoes to fill for whoever will be appointed, and the brilliance of the man is recognized by both conservatives and liberals alike. In a sense, he cannot be replaced, but his vacant seat is now leaving both parties scrambling in an effort to nominate a successor. The fact that Justice Scalia was among the few true conservatives on the Court who did not view the Constitution as a “living document,” has particularly left many conservatives deeply concerned as to the future of our America.… Continue reading

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Reprise: What’s the Big Deal About Doctrine?

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The word “doctrine” has almost become a dirty word in many churches. In fact, so has the word “preaching,” but that’s another post! Many don’t think doctrine is practical or important. It’s all just academic stuff for the theologian or seminarian, and if anything, does little more than cause discord in the church. It’s unfortunate that so many think this way, but it’s because today’s churches have a poor understanding of the meaning of “doctrine,” and because of this poor understanding, they perceive doctrine negatively, thinking it doesn’t apply to real life situations or real spiritual growth. In many circles, the word “doctrine” is considered synonymous with “vain genealogies” and is perceived as nothing more than the discussion of the number of angels on the head of a needle.… Continue reading

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4 Reasons the Bible Can’t Be “Probably” True

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sunday schoolI remember sitting in my seat, stunned quite a number of years ago by what I’d just heard. My mind replayed the words of the recent seminary grad just to make sure I didn’t mishear him. “We can’t be absolutely sure the Bible is true or that the God of the Bible exists,” he stated again in the Sunday School class. What’s worse is that he went on with the approval of the silently nodding heads in the room as if he had just communicated what everyone had always thought. They were just not intellectually honest enough to admit it. The class went on, and the teacher went on to argue how God and the Bible are practically absolute because they are so probably absolute.… Continue reading

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Understanding the Easily Offended

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WARNING OFFENDEDAll of us have experienced that person in our lives – the one who is easily offended. It seems that no matter what we do, we cannot seem to please them, and we’re constantly doing “damage control.” In time, we can grow discouraged or impatient with such people. After all, it’s almost as if the person looks for ways to be offended! They are slow to change and quick to criticize. That kind of person is hard to win and hard to befriend. And in the context of the church, that person becomes virtually impossible to disciple because they resist challenge, deflect confrontation, ignore the Scriptures, and then… they bite.… Continue reading

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