• I was That Guy at my parents’ church. You know the type: Slouching in the back pew with raised eyebrow. Smirking every time the pa...
    Why I'm Quitting Cynicism
    By Matt Mellema
    February 23rd, 2017

    Confessions of a Recovering Cynic
  • Here are my New Year’s resolutions: Spend more time reading and writing, and less time watching television Get in better shape–work ...
    New Year’s Resolutions
    By Matt Mellema
    January 26th, 2017

    Confessions of a Recovering Cynic
  • If you’re reading this, that means I’m 30. Yes, today’s my 30th birthday. Sigh. I’m one of those people who hates their birthday–I don’t l...
    30 Years, 30 Lessons
    By Matt Mellema
    November 17th, 2016

    Confessions of a Recovering Cynic
  • I’ve had art on the mind lately. This past weekend was the Anselm Society’s yearly kickoff event. Anselm is a fantastic organization dedicated to...
    Art in a Dark World
    By Matt Mellema
    October 06th, 2016

    Confessions of a Recovering Cynic
  • You may have noticed that I haven’t updated the blog in awhile1. A big reason for this is that my posts had fallen into a rut, and I got frustrated....
    Why I’m Sorry About Being So...
    By Matt Mellema
    September 22nd, 2016

    Confessions of a Recovering Cynic
  • I have a confession: I like reading genre fiction. I also have a confession about the confession: I feel ashamed about it. And I shouldn’t. Mostly-...
    Reading Cynicism Out of Genre
    By Matt Mellema
    August 04th, 2016

    Confessions of a Recovering Cynic
  • In my last post, I rejected a perfectly fine church because it wasn’t perfect enough. In this post, I finally find a church that is utterly perfect...
    How to NOT Be a Cynic at Churc...
    By Matt Mellema
    July 14th, 2016

    Confessions of a Recovering Cynic
  • In my last post, I discussed my four requirements for a perfect church. They were: A feeling of antiquity High church trappings Minima...
    How NOT To Be a Cynic at Churc...
    By Matt Mellema
    July 07th, 2016

    Confessions of a Recovering Cynic
  • Last time, I described my love of the Anglo-Catholicism of St. Mary Magdalene’s Church in Oxford.1 But alas, my fairy tale love could never last. ...
    How to NOT Be a Cynic at Churc...
    By Matt Mellema
    June 30th, 2016

    Confessions of a Recovering Cynic