“If we’re going to have a hope of making a positive difference in the world, then we’re going to have to stop trying to make disciples who follow Christ, and start making disciples who know Christ.”
-Matthew B. Scraper
Military Service and Veteran’s Issues
I am a sixth generation veteran of the U.S Army and former Infantry Scout Sniper. In 1998, I deployed in support of Operation Joint Forge to stop the genocide happening in the Balkans. Whether I’m sharing my own story, the history of my family’s legacy of service dating back to the Creek War of 1812, or discussing the issues that face military and veteran families today, I would love to spend some time talking with you about something so dear to my heart.
Christianity and Spirituality
I believe that the love of Christ is proactive, sacrificial, and unconditional. A love like that can only be shared without judgment our coercion. I’ve spent a lifetime teaching a way of encountering the teaching of Christ through the lens of that kind of love, and I believe that it makes all of the difference in the world. If something inside of you is screaming that there’s got to be more to life than what religion has taught us, than I’d love to talk with you.
The Life of a Minister
I nearly snorted the day that my daughter asked me whether pastors have taste buds. “You literally eat everything at every church meal…whether you like it or not.” Life in ministry can be the loveliest of tragedies. From loving without measure, to the weekly anxiety that comes from an endless stream of critiques, as the son of a career minister and a minister myself, I’ve seen it…and heard it. Give me a chance to help you learn how to love your life in the midst of it.
“Matthew has done more than anyone in my life to help me to know God for myself “