Matthew B. Scraper

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.


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.