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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

Autumn Scent Boil

Do this soon. It singularly beckons Autumn into your home, and it’s simple. The credit for this recipe goes to Megan Scraper . The Ingredients Apple Butter (Freshly cut apples will do the trick if you need a substitute)Orange Peels (We often use an entire sliced orange)NutmegPumpkin SpiceCinnamonBourbonMaple SyrupWater The Recipe Combine those ingredients in…

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Garlic & Herb Ciabatta Toast

The Ingredients Ciabatta Bread (1 Loaf)Extra Virgin Olive OilGarlic SaltCoarse Black PepperSalted Butter (Kerrygold)OreganoRosemarySage The Recipe I believe that food brings people together. Because of that, I’ve intentionally designed my kitchen in the way that I’ve intentionally designed my life…to facilitate community. When you come into my kitchen (or my life), you’ll find thoughtfully designed…

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Everyday Deeds

“I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.” ~The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey As I watched the scenario in front of me begin to unfold, I couldn’t help but wonder whether or not the fast-food restaurants of modern America have…

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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