I have just learned, with much sorrow, that Fr Matthew Baker, a friend from seminary, died in a tragic car accident last night. Miraculously, his six children, who were in the car with him, survived.
Our prayers, love and sympathies, go to Katherine and the family. I have numerous fond memories of evenings with Matthew puffing on Hal o’the Winds pipe tobacco and sipping good Scotch as we discussed his research and pondered “great and weighty” theological matters. I’m not sure how much we would have agreed on these days, but I always appreciated his intensity, creativity, and clarity. What I especially remember was that he was always insistent in those discussion that theology remain conversant (his word) with the culture around it — which was somehow my “take away” from knowing Matthew. Thanks, Mat.
Matthew was really just embarking upon his theological and priestly career to serve the church and the communities that, as he often noted, he felt so nourished and loved by.
We’ll miss you Matthew.
A fund has been set up to help the family — please see www.gofundme.com/nizf2g.