Articles By: Matt Miles

I lived and taught at an international school in South Korea for the past six years, before moving to Ohio for further education in teaching English as a Second Language. I enjoy reading fiction and non fiction, especially short stories, books/novels about other cultures and humor.

Fasting from Facebook Arguments, Part 3

Fasting from Facebook Arguments, Part 3
Read Part 1 here and part 2 here. I spend a lot of time waiting outside the office of the professor I work for as a grad assistant, and I’m grateful for that. As I sat on the floor and waited for a one o’clock ish meeting, emphasis on the ambiguity of “ish”, I had the opportunity...
September 4th, 2013 | Essays, Featured | Read More

Fasting from Facebook Arguments Part 2

Fasting from Facebook Arguments Part 2
One of the benefits of refraining from arguments on social media has been the opportunity to listen more. Granted, I didn’t appreciate everything I heard, but imposed silence on my end made necessary space for contemplating the merits of my annoyance.  At worst, I grumbled or vented to my wife...
June 12th, 2013 | Essays, Featured | Read More

Being a “Mental Mainliner” in a Baptist Church

Being a “Mental Mainliner” in a Baptist Church
  “I’m a liberal, aren’t I?” I asked my wife after letting loose a series of angry comments leveled at political conservatives. I can’t remember what it was about, but it probably had something to do with gender, because that’s an easy trigger. It shattered my self- perception, however,...
April 15th, 2013 | Essays, Featured | Read More

Fasting from Facebook Arguments Part 1

Fasting from Facebook Arguments Part 1
As I mentioned elsewhere, I tend to be a contrarian. While I identify as a Christian, in a theological argument I keep my cards close to my chest to avoid revealing a hint of denomination. In a political argument, I may very well be that jerk who takes a moderate position or a libertarian one, depending...
April 3rd, 2013 | Essays, Featured | Read More

Growing up in Middle Earth

Growing up in Middle Earth
March 18th, 2013 | Essays, Featured | Read More

On Working Harder For Free

On Working Harder For Free
I hate to say this, especially after the past couple of weeks, but not all conversations on Facebook are terrible. Many of them are, and also pointless, and a wonderful excuse to talk about everything but the original point the speaker meant to bring up in the first place. And maybe that’s what happened...
August 21st, 2012 | Essays, Social Justice | Read More

On Writing Like a Man

On Writing Like a Man
It wasn’t until college that I learned men don’t have empathy. I had just switched majors from pastoral studies to missions, and looked forward to a reading lineup that included an anthropology book on culture. Before we’d start, however,the man who was our teacher and the head of...
April 25th, 2012 | Books, Essays, Social Justice | Read More

Blue Like Jazz Contest

Blue Like Jazz Contest
Blue Like Jazz opens this weekend, and we’re excited. We’re excited like these guys, who are giving away free stuff. And it’s just been brought to my attention that we’re doing the same. So…we’re, well, you know. Here’s how to win both a copy of The Way with two free...
April 12th, 2012 | Film | Read More

Pet Heaven

Pet Heaven
“Welcome to our mid-week service,” the tiny old man in front of the pulpit spoke. The handful of people in the pews smiled back their greetings. Even Regina lifted her head, panted, then settled back down on the floor next to the old woman, Annie Williams, known to most of the congregation as Aunt...
November 15th, 2011 | Featured, Fiction | Read More

Chuck, Community, and the Sliding Scale of Forgiveness

Chuck, Community, and the Sliding Scale of Forgiveness
A couple of years ago my wife introduced me to Chuck, a spy comedy with nerdy pop culture references she promised we both would find appealing. I was amused by the references, but to be honest, I found the rest of it silly. However, there are few things my wife and I can watch together, so we sat and...
June 10th, 2011 | Featured, Television | Read More