B.A., History (Covenant College, 2004); M.Div. (Westminster Seminary California, 2009); Ph.D., Religion, Ethics and Society (Emory University, 2014).

Matt began teaching at Calvin Theological Seminary in 2016. He previously taught at Emory University and Oglethorpe University, in Atlanta, Georgia, and at Sewanee, University of the South, in Sewanee, Tennessee. His research focuses on religion, society and politics in American history. He is currently writing a book entitled The Wars of the Lord: The Puritan Conquest of America’s First People, a narrative of religion, colonialism, and race in early America. His first book, Calvin’s Political Theology and the Public Engagement of the Church: Christ’s Two Kingdoms, was published with Cambridge University Press in 2017. He is the editor of On Charity and Justice, a volume of Abraham Kuyper’s collected works in public theology, forthcoming with Lexham Press in 2021. He has also written a number of journal articles and book chapters on Christianity and slavery before the Civil War and on the history of Reformed political thought.

Matt teaches courses in ethics, history, and political thought. He formerly worked as a legislative correspondent for a Member of Congress and as a counter-terrorism intelligence analyst for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Matt and his wife Elizabeth have three children.

  1. Thank you for your report on the tornado and God’s protection of your loved ones. Praying for you in Christiansburg, VA.

  2. Just came across your blog while prepping for a Sunday School class on DVD’s Living in God’s Two Kingdoms, and have subscribed. Thank you!

  3. Thank you very much for creation this blog; I am reading some of the original pamphlet writings of Paul Althaus in German – and was simply not sure regarding Althaus’ nuts + bolts theology pre 1933 – and then during the ’33 – ’44 period.

  4. Hi, came across your blog through a friend. Really enjoyed the ‘Is the Gospel Social?’ post – we have a choice between platonic dualism or a ‘faith for all of life’. Some good points made in the article. Keep up the good work!

    The Roadside Musings

  5. Your articles that I have read over the years have been very helpful to me. Though you write as an American, they are highly relevant even here in Kenya. Maybe one day you will visit us and give a lecture or talk on some of the things you write about.

    God’s blessings,

  6. Immelman Andrè

    I read part One of your essay, The Two Kingdoms Doctrine: What’s The Fuss All About? Part One with great interest, but am not able to locate parts Two and Three…

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