Matt "Dynolight" Lantz

Matt Lantz
Matt is the founding director of the Forge program and has been overseeing its ministry since the fall of 2005 when he first arrived at Pine Cove. He lives in Tyler with his wife, Darcie, and their three children. Matt has earned a Bachelors degree from Texas Christian University and a Master’s degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. When Matt isn’t investing in the lives of students, he enjoys amateur photography, genealogical research, and his regular dose of wrestling matches with his children.
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Studying the Bible: Research

1 Peter Bible

This is the fourth post in a series of articles that outline some basic steps to practice in studying the Bible. For a list of all the posts, click here. Step 4: Research the Book After taking the time to outline the book and understand the author’s flow of thought throughout the letter, I then turn my attention to understanding the immediate context of the book. The Bible has been written over thousands of years by multiple different authors from all walks of life. It was written in three different languages and over the course of several major world events […]

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Studying the Bible: Outline

1 Peter Bible

This is the third post in a series of articles that outline some basic steps to practice in studying the Bible. For a list of all the posts, click here. Step 3: Outline the Whole Book Once I have read the book three times, I’ll use the information I gathered while reading through the book and begin the process of discerning an outline. So, the objective here is to work in reverse. I have the written letter from Peter. If he would have used an outline, what would it have looked like? Outlining the book will help me think through […]

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Studying the Bible: Reading

1 Peter Bible

This is the second post in a series of articles that outline some basic steps to practice in studying the Bible. For a list of all the posts, click here. Step 2: Read the Whole Book In our previous post we outlined that prayer is not only the starting point but also the environment for studying the Scriptures. Once we are rightly oriented, we should first immerse ourselves in the content of the entire book before attempting to understand the meaning of one part of it. So, the next thing I do in my study is read the entire book […]

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Studying the Bible: Where to Begin?

1 Peter Bible

I remember when I was a freshman in college that I loved reading the Bible and wanted to study it deeply, but I felt like I didn’t possess the tools I needed to be able to effectively or meaningfully study it. I didn’t know where to start and, even if I did attempt to start, I had no idea if I was headed in the right direction once I did. Thankfully, an older man in my life took me under his wing and taught me how to study the Scriptures. Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen for all of us. As much […]

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The Forge: Pine Cove’s Discipleship Program

Guys in Leadership Training Program

Summer is here and the excitement of campers being back at Pine Cove for another transforming week of camp is in the air. We are looking forward to all that God wants to accomplish this summer. In addition to the ongoing summer ministries of our camps, many people might not realize that Pine Cove is also preparing to welcome its ninth class of the Forge this fall. The Forge is a discipleship program for our college-aged staff designed to develop followers and prepare leaders for a lifetime of good works. As the video above illustrates, the Forge is an environment […]

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