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Hi, I’m Matthew, a husband, father, United Methodist Minister, former Army Sniper and Modern Day Mystic who is passionate about practical spirituality, religion and culture, the real lives of ministers, cooking, and travel. Thanks for visiting!

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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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About Me

Hi, I’m Matthew. 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. Read more

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