About Richard Kent Matthews

Writer | Author | Speaker | Pastoral Counselor

My name is Richard Kent Matthews. I have been on the spiritual path for as long as I can remember. I began singing when I was about five, then progressed into the church and school choirs, trios and solos. Afterward, I pursued my professional life and returned to music in the early 90s. I eventually began doing guest musical appearances at various churches around Western Oregon in 1999. And I have been singing off and on, mostly on, ever since. It is my joy, my calling, my best work.

Controversial, a bit radical, free thinker, vegetarian, cat lover, reader (loves Powell’s Books in Portland).

Traveled a bit, lived in Canada, stationed in Louisiana and Germany, spent 10 years in Colorado before spending the last 24 years in Oregon. And started out in California many years ago! Left in 1973.

Loves tomatoes, flourless breads, coffee, teas of many varieties, almonds, cashews, and seeds of all kinds.

Has great friends, has lost many friends to many conditions including alcohol and drugs, cancer, AIDS, and old age.

No kids but loves kids. Married once; involved, well, many times.

Mostly free from racism, sexism, homophobia, but not perfect in anything. Still growing, maturing, and laughing a lot.

A former barber, office worker, caregiver (spent 15 years with one patient. Nearly the best gig of entire life), and a former drunk and heavy smoker (quit both 24 years ago). Also an ex-holy roller. Did my best drinking, smoking, drugs, promiscuity, lying, crying, and fearing while a holy roller.

My spiritual path has changed dramatically since leaving fundamentalist religion. Glad to be free, indeed. (Updated July 12, 2014)

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7 thoughts on “About Richard Kent Matthews

  1. I love your about/bio. I do realize how difficult effective self-reflection can be, and can only hope that I see myself half as clearly as I think I do. I’d much prefer to befriend someone who is “mostly free from racism, homophobia, etc.,” than someone who tells me they are 100% free of the same. When we realize that we have “issues,” we can deal with them much more effectively than if we don’t realize we have issues at all. And we all have issues — even if those issues primarily have to do with not knowing we have… issues. I was a holy roller back in the mid-1970s. I was eventually “cast(e) forth” for asking too many questions. Though it took awhile, I eventually found my niche and my passion: I’m a radical, activist librarian; questions are my life; and I’m having a helluva time (in both the good and bad senses). I look forward to following you.

    • Thanks for the feedback. Yes, absolutism carries the seeds of its own disease. I seek to remain open to new possibilities rather than to think I have finally figured it all out. I am a seeker, more interested in the journey than the destination. And what a journey it’s been. Grateful for the experience.

  2. “. . . more interested in the journey than the destination.” There was a day, for me, when I would have said, “Yea Man! You Rock!” But years have taught me something valuable. For the Christian, the journey is but a door jam. Your post today speaks of Christians looking forward to. . . I can now state that I am arrived in my heart. Kind of like being on a train destined to a certain city. You’re on the train! You’re not on the dock somewhere else. Since God does not lie, arrival is a sure thing. It’s not the journey for me anymore. It’s the destination.

    Each is welcome to his part of the elephant. But thought I’d share a slightly contrary view of that remark you made.

    • hiwaychristian: Contrary views are always welcome. Thanks.

      “Since God does not lie…” suggests a Creative Source with a Biblical-type personality, like Father, or wrathful, or loving, or vengeful. You know, rather like the humans created in its image. That is not my Source. That’s the difference. I do not wish to arrive. I prefer the travel. We are, as you say, arrived in the heart.

      Thanks again for your insights.

  3. All truths are half truths and we never know which half we cling to, so better to be open and recognize that we still have our weaknesses. Thanks for the comment.

  4. Jackie Paulson

    i got to Former BARBER: and thought wow, so am I…now I am a Security Guard, and have a paralegal degree, we have more in common than that, I love the Lord, and cats too…wow, amazing.

    • My 22 year old cat, Annie, died last Fall. Couldn’t decide if I should get another one right away or not. So, then, I just inherited a dog. She’s not really mine, but she lives on my property, so she’s kinda mine! She’ll fill the gap until I make a decision. Thanks, Spirit, you’re always quick with the gifts.

      Thanks for the kind words.

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