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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

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Mr. Holland’s Opus

In 1995, MGM studios released a movie starring Richard Dreyfus called Mr. Holland’s Opus. The movie told the story of a high school music teacher whose sole ambition it was to write a great American symphony. As the story unfolds, viewers enter into this teacher’s lifelong journey with music, experiencing the joys and struggles both…

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When to Let Go

Love is taking a few steps backward, maybe even more, to give way to the happiness of the person you love. Winnie the Pooh I had to let go.  I didn’t want to. After all, the minute that I let go of the back of her bicycle, it was a certainty that she would fall.…

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What a Pitcher!

There is a song by Kenny Rogers about a young boy who walks outside one day with his ball and bat. When he finds the right spot in the open field near his home, he takes the ball and holds it out in front of him. Just before he throws it up into the air…

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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