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.

Review: Do More Better

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There are a handful of men about whom I’ve often asked, “How does he do it all?” I hold each of those men with high regard, and I’ve never had to hear any one of them actually say that they were busy. All I needed to do was look at their output of work and I knew they were. No doubt, you know people like that as well. You don’t need to ask them if they’re busy. So, before asking them for more of their time, you first ask the question, “Do I actually need their time?” In other words, because of their hard work ethic, you respect them, and because you respect them, you respect their time. … Continue reading

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What’s the Point? You Might Have Missed It (Reprise)

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off target“Just get them in.”

Pragmatism. Marketing schemes. Church growth tactics. Shock techniques. Raunchy slogans and billboards. Grunge Christianity.

Translation? It misses the point of the church. Unfortunately, these kinds of efforts aren’t the exception to the rule, they’ve become standard practices in many of today’s churches. It’s easy to identify them, because more often than not their objective is to be seen – loud, obnoxiously, and clear by using whatever rubber-neck producing means necessary for their marketing campaigns. With V-neck T-shirts, thick rimmed glasses and skinny jeans, these churches are led by pastors who earnestly believe that this is how you grow your church and make a difference in your community.… Continue reading

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Hallows’ Eve: Betrayal of the Martyrs & Betrayal of Christ

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In just over a week, Americans will be participating in the fourth most popular holiday, Halloween. Of course, the holiday didn’t always mean “trick or treating,” costumes, and children intoxicated with candy. We’ve come quite far from the original intent of the holiday (what holiday hasn’t?), which, in name, calls to remembrance the many saints who have been martyred for the cause of Christ (hallow’d + eve = Halloween). That’s why in my last post, I encouraged you to remember the martyrs in order that you may be encouraged by them and be strengthened by their faith on the holiday that originally intended to encourage us to do that very thing.… Continue reading

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Halloween: Remembering the Martyrs

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getting ready for winterI have always enjoyed the arrival of October. Contrary to most, I actually like the cooler weather and the change in seasons. I enjoy the crisp air, lower humidity, harvest festivities and the subsequent preparation for winter. But October also brings with it a certain line of decor, which has expanded tremendously in recent years as many anticipate the beginning of the holiday season with the unofficial one, Halloween. Yet, in spite of its “fake holiday” status, Halloween boasts the 4th most popular holiday in America.

Now, I have my opinions as to whether Christians should, or should not participate, but every Christian falls, more or less, into one of three categories.… Continue reading

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Protagoras, Harvard, and 21st Century Evangelicalism

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Harvard_Wreath_Logo_1.svgIn 1636, the academic doors of the first university in America (of course, then being the British ruled colony) opened out of a recognized need to train men for ministry. Naturally then, it has a very specific scope and a serious commitment, so when the first formal “Rules and Precepts” were adopted just ten years later, the founding members wrote that every student should “be plainly instructed, and earnestly pressed to consider well, the main end of his life and studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life (Jn 17:3) and therefore to lay Christ in the bottom, as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and learning.… Continue reading

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