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The Rev. Matthew Gaventa

The Rev. Matthew Gaventa is Senior Pastor of University Presbyterian Church in Austin, TX. He was the 2012 recipient of the David H. C. Read Preacher/Scholar award given by Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York, NY.

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The Rev. Matthew Gaventa

Presbyterian Church (USA)

Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, New York, NY

Matt Gaventa is senior pastor at University Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas, and previously served as pastor to Amherst Presbyterian Church in Amherst, Virginia, and as chaplain to Sweet Briar College.

Matt is an acclaimed writer and preacher whose work has been featured in Working Preacher, on the Day1 Sermon Broadcast, and in The Christian Century, for whom he co-hosts the podcast Technicolor Jesus.

Matt holds degrees from Georgetown University, the University of Iowa, and Princeton Theological Seminary, and was the 2012 recipient of the David H.C. Read Preacher/Scholar Award from Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City. He currently lives in Austin with his wife Sarah and their son Charlie.

 

 


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The Rev. Matthew Gaventa

Matt Gaventa: Home Repair 101

Job 42:1-6, 10-17

23rd Sunday after Pentecost - Year B

October 28, 2018

The Rev. Matthew Gaventa (PCUSA)

 

I used to live in a slowly collapsing farmhouse. Just a few years back, in a small town in rural Virginia, my family and I were renting an old two-by-two that at some point in its long and undocumented history had clearly suffered either the slow withering of the foundation or perhaps it had been partially washed away by floods but the result regardless was that the house was slowly sinking in on itself. This had a variety of ill effects - no toy cars would stay put when you set them on the floor. Furniture along the outer walls of the house had to be carefully selected so that it wouldn't fall on top of us. Hanging pictures so they look level - which was never my specialty in the first place - became nearly impossible. But mostly, after a while, you just got used to it. A few extra hooks would align the pictures. A few extra bolts would secure the furniture. And for the rest of it, like the time during one particularly cold winter that the heating duct just snapped off from the vent underneath the living room, for the rest of it, we just relied on that most elemental repair tool. We just used duct tape. Thank God for duct tape. It couldn't fix the foundation but at least it could make the heat work. Without duct tape I don't think that place would have ever felt quite like home.

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The Rev. Matthew Gaventa

Opening Day

Acts 5:27-32

2nd Sunday of Easter - Year C

April 07, 2013

The Rev. Matthew Gaventa (PCUSA)

I have a bone to pick with a man named Sam Holbrook. Now, Sam and I have never met. He wouldn't know me from Adam. It's entirely unfair of me to carry around this grudge. And yet here we are, opening week of the 2013 Major League Baseball season and I am still a bit hung up on the way 2012 ended, and it has more than just a bit to do with Sam Holbrook.

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