Hi, I'm Matthew Green. I’m authoring the book, Mind Your Heart: Emotion in the Christian Life, based on my research on the neuroscience of emotion for my Ph.D. work at the Toronto School of Theology. My doctoral studies explored how Dallas Willard understood emotion in Christian life and growth and how contemporary neuroscience can clarify and expand on Willard's ideas.
I also studied spiritual growth at The Institute for Spiritual Formation at Biola University. My final thesis examined suffering and growth, where I designed a 5 week small-group study on a right relationship with pain (though I’ve noticed not a lot of people have been knocking down my door to take their group through it; I can’t imagine why!).
Along the way, I’ve also studied and taught mathematics, spirituality, physics, and psychology. I’ve dabbled in art, neurobiology, and astronomy, and various other topics. I still have a love for science documentaries and spiritual formation books alike, but perhaps one of the most important things I have learned is that what is lived is more important than what is learned, and this is crucial when it comes to your relationships with God and other people.
I serve on the council for Grafted Life Ministries, a non-profit organization that desires to practically guide churches, small groups, and individual Christians into deeper awareness of God’s relational invitation through small group studies, reflective exercises, and devotional guides. I also at times have mentored people in person as well as via email and Skype.
In moments between academic reading and writing, I dabble in paper sculpture, gemology, and glass etching; reminisce about the fir trees of the Pacific Northwest; and engage in a love-hate relationship with my laptop. My wife and I live in Southern California where she offers spiritual direction and supervision and leads Play Without Ceasing retreats both locally and internationally, introducing Christians to use play as a means of interacting with God and others in a safe, joyful environment.