>Welcome to the Family

>Join the FamilyCRM welcomes our newest contributor, Matthew T. Bradley! I’ll let Matt share a few words about himself in the comments section. Welcome aboard, Matt.



13 thoughts on “>Welcome to the Family

  1. >Welcome Matt. Look forward to reading your posts.

    Posted by Michael Freitag | July 12, 2008, 2:36 pm
  2. >Hey Matt, You’re going to love Nashville! I’m jealous. Welcome.

    Posted by Mark Mathews | July 9, 2008, 11:15 pm
  3. >Another former fundy turned PCA? What is UP with THAT?? I keep telling people that the PCA should have a scholarship fund at Bob Jones University because so many grads end up there.Nice to meet you, Matt! Welcome!

    Posted by QueenKnitter | July 9, 2008, 1:25 am
  4. >As long as a guy’s wife doesn’t have to reintroduce him to his children, I think he’s just experiencing the normal seminary experience.Still, spiritual formation group? That’s pretty heinous sir!Forgetting your preaching tape is one thing, but forgetting those “most intimate for seminary relationships” is … okay, well, maybe it’s not that everyone.So, Captain Bradley, you got Jeff’s video up on YouTube yet or what?

    Posted by GUNNY | July 8, 2008, 11:37 pm
  5. >Now that I’ve sat here and thought for a few moments….dude! Now I totally remember all that. I have a good excuse for not remembering that fact that we had that class together – you’re clean shaven now. You had at least a goatee then, right? And I think I was doing my 1-yr experiment with long hair. Was Mark in that class with us? Yeah, you used to sit to the left of me. I scare myself with the things I have forgotten during my time at seminary. During the fall semester one year in mid December I was studying for finals all morning long. I finally had to get out of the library and go walk around. I bumped into a friend of mine and we were chatting outside of the book center. Another friend of mine walked up and joined the conversation. I introduced the two of them to each other and they just kinda smiled on moved on. Then it hit me…I had been in our Spiritual Formation group with BOTH of them for the past three months! I’m always joking around so they just thought I was kidding but I was not. Scary.

    Posted by Jeff Wright | July 8, 2008, 11:25 pm
  6. >You don’t have enough, sir.;-)

    Posted by GUNNY | July 8, 2008, 11:24 pm
  7. >What’s the bidding up to n ebay so far?

    Posted by Jeff Wright | July 8, 2008, 11:19 pm
  8. >Thanks for the welcomes guys. Matt, I didn’t live in Swiss Towers. I had some friends there, but enver spent any time there. I am unpacking my books into my office and came across a vhs tape the packers threw in with my books. It’s a preaching tape from my DTS preaching class. One of the other students forgot his tape and had to use mine that day. His name was Jeff Wright. So now I have something on Jeff. Hmmmmm…this is perhaps more power than one person can responsibly wield.

    Posted by Matthew Bradley | July 8, 2008, 8:35 pm
  9. >Welcome Right Rev. Bradley.

    Posted by Jared Nelson | July 8, 2008, 7:39 pm
  10. >Matt is one of my top 3 favorite SBC turned PCA guys.I’m hoping he will be my favorite SBC turned PCA turned SBC once again guys, bringing Jay the Bennett back from the dark as well, but so far that group is a VERY lonely one.;-)Great to have you a part of the CRM, brother. This softens the blow of not having you in the Dallas area.

    Posted by GUNNY | July 8, 2008, 7:17 pm
  11. >Did you live in Swiss Tower at DTS? I lived there from August 2003–May 2005. I ask because you look familiar.

    Posted by Matt | July 8, 2008, 4:53 pm
  12. >Matt! You’ve been made. Welcome.

    Posted by M. Jay Bennett | July 8, 2008, 2:11 pm
  13. >Thanks, Jeff!There’s not much to tell, really. I was born a poor black man…oh, wait. No…that’s someone else’s story.I was born in Bryan, Texas to an Air Force Officer and grew up all over the place: Alaska, Texas, Turkey, Kansas, Washington, DC. I attended East Tennessee State University (try not to let this intimidate you) where upon graduation I was commissioned as an officer in the Army. I also married my beautiful wife, Leslie right before our senior year. I did four years on active duty, mostly at Fort Hood, Texas in the 4th Infantry Division, but also spent some time in Kuwait in 1998 when Saddam kicked the inspectors out. I got out of the Army in 2000 and went to work for Eli Lilly and Co selling drugs in East Texas. I only did that for a year before moving my family to Dallas to attend DTS. I graduated in 2006 with a ThM and after a year on staff at Park Cities Pres in Dallas I am currently on staff at a PCA church in Nashville, TN (Covenant Presbyterian). Leslie and I have two rambunctious boys, Ian (8) and Xavier (3).I came to faith along with my family when I was about 4. We were converted in a fundamentalist independent baptist church (God is found in the strangest places). Although I’ve had my ups and downs spiritually, I have been in the church ever since.My hobbies, when I have the time and money for them, are flying, sailing, scuba diving, reading (history or theology or historical theology), and watching soccer, especially European leagues.As a PCA pastor, you have probably guessed my theological bent. I’m all the dirty things we are often called…presuppositionalist, Calvinist, covenantal, reformed, liturgical. I cop to all of ’em. But mostly I’m just happy when I hear the gospel being preached as sin and grace and I find the pastor always seeking Christ in the text.I look forward to contributing here and appreciate Jeff’s kind invitation. We’ve only just arrived in TN and I’m trying to get settled at home and at work, so I might not around much at first. But I’m already working on a little something that might generate some discussion.Thanks again! I’m glad to be here!

    Posted by Matthew Bradley | July 8, 2008, 12:42 pm

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