I am a sinner saved by God’s grace in 1987. My wife Kate and I have been blessed with two sons (Jonathan and Jacob), who are a source of great joy to us. In addition to our involvement in our local church, as a family we enjoy sports of various kinds, especially basketball and football.

My passion is to help people to see the beauty of Jesus Christ as revealed in the Scriptures, because I am convinced that is what brings transformation (2 Cor 3:18). As a result, the focus of my ministry is the teaching and preaching of God’s Words in various contexts. Since 2006 I have served as Professor of New Testament Studies at Grace College and Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana. I am a member of Christ’s Covenant Church, where I serve on the Preaching Team, lead a small group, and teach regularly in our Life Education classes.

You can follow me on Twitter: @DocHarmon

If you are interested in having me speak or teach for your church or ministry, you can contact me by email: harmonms@grace.edu


  • B.S. in Communication from Ohio University (1995)
  • M.Div from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (2003)
  • Ph.D. in Biblical Theology from Wheaton College (2006)

Full-Time Vocational Ministry Experience

  • Campus Minister, Campus Crusade for Christ (1995-2003)
  • Professor of New Testament Studies (2006-present)

14 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hello,

    I was curious if you know of any publication that combines Old and New Testament survey with an emphasis on redemptive history, rather than just a bare survey of dates, authors, critical issues etc. Looking for something that does this, but also emphasizes the thread of redemption in the history of God with His people.


    1. I’m not aware of anything like this, Bruce. I will note that the introductions to each book in the ESV Study Bible do an excellent job of noting redemptive themes and the place of the book in redemptive history.

  2. I have been studying matthew 1 the genealogy of christ and came across a thought that bothered me. Being that I believe in the virgin birth the genealogy written there does not mean much because Joseph is only Jesus’s adopted father. How do you view this scripture in light of this fact.tracing the ancestry of Joseph back to God.

  3. I see beauty in your words when you say that your passion is to help people to see the beauty of Jesus Christ as revealed in the Scriptures. I totally agree with you! Good words.

  4. Matthew,

    It pains me to see people teaching to go to Titus to see “how to handle false teaching.” You do know that Paul didn’t write Titus, don’t you? The NT is not a message from any savior. It is a church device to mislead the unwary for the benefit of church leaders. That is how it started. John 9:4-5 show clearly in the C. Sinaitcus original that the Master as well as disciple must be living to effect salvation: “sent US”, not “sent me”. HE must also work “while it is day” or ‘living.’ “AS LONG AS I am in the world, I am the Light of the world.” Why would Jesus say that if he was the light after he was GONE? Read John 17:11 carefully. His ‘given’ were IN THE WORLD, all of them, not any yet to come. The red-letter is all I read, and then with a healthy grain of salt. This is not the “word of God” we have, but the word of clever men, writing for money.


    I just pressed on a tab Heurmanustic circle and its been hacked. I dont know how else to inform u except in this public message. Im in UK if that helps to trace it but the script is Asian and so r the women.

    1. Thanks for the heads up, Jane. I have deleted the link. It used to point to the blog of a friend that has gone defunct. I had simply forgotten to remove it.

  6. When You accept Christ as your personal Saviour you are no longer a sinner saved by grace. You are the righteousness of God and All your sins are forgiven. Christ came to set us free from All of our sins. When you accept Christ: Your Nature is change, you have a new heart and you have a new spirit.

  7. Dear Matthew,
    I’m an Anglican minister involved in student ministry at Stellenbosch University in South Africa and am presently pursuing further theological study. I have come across your work on Galatians, but unfortunately we do not have access to your book in our library. I also seem unable to get a copy of your PhD thesis anywhere online. Is there a copyright on this or might you be able to share it with me?
    Kind regards,
    John-Paul Harper

  8. The suffering Servant (Jesus in Isaiah) was maybe even hideous and not beautiful. Something of a paradox (freedom is becoming a bondservant). The parables are almost Buddhist koans. Thought-provoking. Is there an identity of goodness, beauty, and truth? (Greek philosophy). Or is it better to stick to Way, Truth, and Life? One Foundation: moral, epistemological, and ontological (metaphysical). I in Christ and Christ in me. Beautiful but perhaps not simple. PS: Thanks for the free Logos book this month.

  9. Today you linked to your 2016 sermon about TGIM, but neither the link in today’s post nor in your page listing sermons works. I get an error saying it’s invalid.

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