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Matthew Stokes

Matthew Stokes is a writer and college instructor from Birmingham, Alabama. His work has appeared in the Alabama Daily News, the University Bookman, and the Gospel Coalition. Follow him on Twitter: @yellingstopal.

Articles by Matthew Stokes

November 1, 2020 5:30 am

Help the Hillbillies—and Help Them Help Themselves

Pushback against ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ as a snobbish outsider’s view of Appalachia is inaccurate, unfair, and—worst of all—unhelpful.
Matthew Stokes
September 18, 2020 5:01 am

Dress for Success, Even in Distress

COVID is changing everything about us, including how we dress. What does that mean for our state of being?
Matthew Stokes
August 15, 2020 6:02 am

Can the GOP Avoid the Fate of World Championship Wrestling?

The lessons Republicans can learn from a Southern-circuit pro-wrestling outfit dominated by a cult of personality. 
Matthew Stokes
July 27, 2020 5:30 am

The Authenticity Trap

It can be good when athletes use their power to push for causes dear to them. But what happens when we learn too much?
Matthew Stokes
July 22, 2020 4:00 am

Data, Principles, and Dodges

Responses to police violence and coronavirus betray a weakness in current conservative argumentation.
Matthew Stokes
July 10, 2020 5:30 am

Tammy Duckworth and the Trump Trap

What her clash with Tucker Carlson over statue removal can teach us about our new ‘culture war’ moment.
Matthew Stokes
June 29, 2020 5:30 am

What Evangelicals’ Coziness with Trump Puts at Risk

On Mohler, Metaxas, McEnany, and more.
Matthew Stokes
June 21, 2020 11:43 am

Time with Dad

Sorting through memories on my first Father’s Day without my father.
Matthew Stokes
June 12, 2020 5:30 am

How Nick Saban and Drew Brees Can Lead

The coach, the quarterback, and the protests.
Matthew Stokes
June 9, 2020 7:49 am

Jeff Sessions Tries to Thread the Trumpist Needle

The Alabama Senate race highlights the contradictions at the heart of today’s pro-Trump GOP.
Matthew Stokes