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Modern Day Mystic. United Methodist Minister. Veteran Infantry Scout Sniper. Fiercely Cherokee.

A Little More About Me

I’m a sixth generation Army campaign veteran, an ordained United Methodist Minister, a modern day mystic serving as the second abbot of a modern monastic community, and the descendant of a Trail of Tears survivor.  I would love to share my story with you and I often speak about different aspects of what I’ve learned along the way. If you want to learn more about me, you can do that here.

The Issues

 I have a passion for helping people to re-imagine the teachings of Christ engaged through the lens of a love that is proactive, sacrificial, and unconditional and shared in a non-coercive and nonjudgmental way. You can learn more about my platform and the different topics that I often speak about here.

Publications

The experience of growing in a relationship with God is very much like the experience of growing in any relationship. This book takes a look at the seasons of spiritual growth, and how those seasons are reflected in the order of salvation as we work our way through concepts, theologies, and practices that lead to a deeply spiritual life. You can learn more here.

Matthew’s Blog

Chicken Noodle Soup

The Ingredients Whole Chicken (I prefer NAE, if possible)Whole, Unpeeled Carrots (8)Celery Stalk (1)Large Yellow Onion (1)Green Onions (1 bunch)Shallot (1)Minced GarlicFresh Parsley (1 bunch)Maple SyrupChicken Broth 32 oz (2)Celtic Sea SaltCoarse Black PepperExtra Wide Egg Noodles (1 bag) The Recipe There really is nothing quite like a great bowl of chicken noodle soup on…

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Margherita Pizza

The Ingredients The Sauce:Crushed Fire Roasted Tomatoes (28 oz can) (2)Tomato Paste (6 oz can) (1)Minced GarlicItalian SeasoningCoarse Black PepperCeltic Sea Salt The Crust:Artisan Bread Flower (2 cups)Active Dry Yeast ( 1 Packet)Sugar (about 2 Tbsp)Celtic Sea Salt (about 1 Tbsp)Extra Virgin Olive Oil The Toppings:Sliced Mozzarella or Burrata CheeseFresh Basil Leaves (preferably straight from…

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Matthew’s Chili

Ingredients Lean Ground Beef (1-1.5 lbs)Ground Sweet Italian Sausage (1-1.5 lbs)Sweet Green Bell Pepper (1)Large Yellow Onion (1)Large Red Onion (1)Stewed Fire Roasted Tomatoes (1 28 oz can)Dark Red Kidney Beans (1 14.5 oz can)Tomato Sauce (1 8 oz can)Guinness Stout (1 bottle)Worcestershire SauceMinced Garlic (4 cloves)Celtic Sea SaltCoarse Black PepperCrushed BasilGround CinnamonChili PowderPaprikaExtra Virgin…

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“I believe that the love of Christ is proactive, sacrificial, and unconditional. A love like that can only be shared without judgment or coercion. I’ve spent a lifetime teaching others to encounter the teachings of Christ through the lens of love. If something inside of you is screaming that there’s got to be more to life than what you may have experienced, then this is the right place for you.”

Matthew B. Scraper

Kate and Matthew Scraper in Oklahoma City, 2021