On Being Matt Chandler’s Roommate

| January 11, 2016


“But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth.” — James 3:14

This is a story about two young men who were friends, roommates, and pastors.

In other words, this is a story about jealousy.

In the mid-’90s, I was a student at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. I was a successful student with a successful grade point average. I was leading a large college ministry. I was, simply put, on the fast track to success in the field of my choice—pastoral ministry.

My sophomore year a student transferred in who captured the attention and imagination of much of the student body.

His name was Matt Chandler.

Matt had a natural ease about him. He was confident and funny. He immediately commanded a room when he entered. And he, too, was studying in the school of theology. We attended class and church together. I liked him from the moment I met him.

Our junior year, we decided to rent an apartment together. We had different social circles, but many evenings we ate together, watched television, discussed theology, played practical jokes, or watched the massive thunderheads roll across the West Texas…


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