This blog previously had the title “Six Weeks in Oxford”.  I returned from Oxford in July (2013).  As I alluded to in that previous blog, Mission Books of San Diego has published a book I have written about my recent spiritual and physical journey, called – The Race Before Us: A Journey of Running and Faith.  The book is being released today (September 3, 2013).  I have resumed in this blog to coincide with that release.

The book title is taken from Hebrews 12:1 – “let us run with perseverance the race that is set out before us.”  Whether we recognize it or not, each of us is running a race as we live out our lives every day.  Oftentimes we work just to put one foot in front of the other and sometimes we find the time to ask life’s big questions.  I am no different, I just decided to capture my thoughts as a addressed these challenges at a particularly reflective time of life intensified by some personal challenges.  I hope that the book and this blog might be an encouragement to others who wondering about how best to approach the race that is set out before us.


The Run and The Race.  The subtitle of the book is “A Journey of Running and Faith”.  My journey involved a physical challenge – using running to improve my physical well being at a time that my health was at risk (“The Run”).  Some of my blog posts will be for novice runners or people thinking about starting to run (or walk).  My prayer is that such observations might be an encouragement to start putting one foot ahead of the other on a road towards better health –  because if I could do it, you can do it.

My journey also involved a spiritual challenge – exploring my Christian faith at a time of questioning and doubt (“The Race”).  Many of my blog posts will address questions about faith, the existence of God, and what the answers mean for us.  My hope here too is that those reflections might be an encouragement for anyone wondering about or working through some of “life’s big questions”.

In addition to both the name and the theme of Bruce’s book, The Race Before Us is a 501(c)(3) organization  (“TRBU”) dedicated to exploring running, faith, and the relationship between the two. More specifically, TRBU was formed to provide support, encouragement, and resources for novice runners (and walkers) and amateur apologists (Christians seeking to be better equipped to explain the nature of, and the confidence they have in their faith) as well as for seekers and skeptics with curiosity and/or questions about the Christian faith.

To learn more about the book itself, please click on the “Book” tab above.

– Bruce Matson (September 3, 2013)

  1. #1 by Mary Damon on June 3, 2013 - 6:58 pm

    Cannot wait to read it! Thank you, Bruce for letting us know it’s going to be out there.

  2. #2 by Nikki Frerker on September 16, 2013 - 1:25 am

    Thank you for visiting my blog site, Bruce. We share many common interests. I look forward to following your blog and reading your book.

  3. #3 by bke161 on November 3, 2013 - 3:05 pm

    Since I enjoy reading your blog, I have nominated you for a Sunshine Award. http://runninglarge.wordpress.com/2013/11/03/sunshine-award/

  4. #4 by Nikki Frerker on November 11, 2013 - 2:26 pm

    Bruce – Thanks very much for the nomination. I can’t wait to learn about the Sunshine Award. I am amazed at how many common interests we share … including our legal professions. Good luck at the Richmond Half! Peace – Nikki

  5. #5 by Jennifer Robbins (@thejenniferRo) on December 4, 2013 - 5:22 pm

    Bruce would love to invite you on the show “The Writer’s Voice.” Please get in touch with me at Twitter

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