Matthew Hawks

I have experienced several twists in my journey, all not what I was trying to do, all involving some risk I wanted to avoid, but all ultimately for the better. As a young man in college, I resolved not to get married until after I had experienced Navy life at sea. I had hear many horror stories of the pain of many absences leading to divorce. Why put a wife through that? Far better to stay single and avoid the risk of failure. But then I met my future wife, we had a whirlwind romance, and I got married two weeks before reporting to a submarine for three years of "extremely arduous sea duty." By God's grace, we stayed together. We now have seven children, and recently celebrated our 24th anniversary. I have always followed Christ, but my devotion was weak until I was led to realize that God really created the universe. Then His Word came much more alive to me, and I began to realize how close God had been the whole time. My life is truly centered on Him now, and I live each day by His grace and mercy.

My Life

Favorite Quote

What are you going to do, now that you don't have to do anything? (Gerhard Forde) I also find this comes in handy since I have 7 children: "So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Jesus Christ, as quoted in Matthew 6:31-34 (NIV)

Friends describe me

quiet but unexpectedly hilarious

My hobbies

Family, jogging, variety puzzles, reading.

Fantasy dinner guests

Eric Metaxas, Malcolm Gladwell

Best advice I ever received

You don't have to remember the truth.

My undergrad alma mater

US Naval Academy

My worst subject in school


In college I drove

a 1990 Toyota Celica

If I weren't a professor, I would

be involved in nuclear submarine construction.

Favorite books

The Genesis Flood (non-fiction), The Space Trilogy (CS Lewis, fiction)

Favorite movies

The Spitfire Grill, The Hunt for Red October, Master & Commander

Favorite city


Favorite coffee


Nobody knows I

can make this strange sound with my hands

Current Research

Graph-theoretic change detection; relieving math anxiety