Pastor Matthew Best

Please pray with me: Prayer for December 2, 2021. God who created us in your image, often we become confused. While we claim to believe that we are made in your image, we try far too often to live believing that we make you O Lord in our own image…

I signed up for a daily faith reflection by Richard Rohr some time ago. It’s one of the best things I read each morning.

A recent email reflection included this statement:

“Good theology makes for good politics and positive social relationships. Bad theology makes for stingy politics, a largely reward/punishment…

Prayer for December 1, 2021: Please pray with me. God of imagination. You project amazing things onto creation. Teach us how to project the way you do — projecting something innovative, creative, and life giving. Teach us to make our swords into ploughshares so that life my be nurtured. Teach…

Psychology Today has an unofficial definition for the term projection — “attributing one’s own unacceptable urges to another.” ( Source)

In recent times, I’ve been noticing a great deal of projection going on in the public sphere. I’ve heard politicians and other public figures project onto opponents the very things…

If there was a status designation for my politics, it would probably read “It’s complicated.” It’s much clearer for my religious faith, although that’s not exactly nice and neat either.

Over the years, my religious life and political designations have both changed. These are often seen as core identities of…

In recent times I’ve been struggling with many things. Some days are better than others. I struggle with some things that make the news that make so little sense to me. I struggle with what flies for acceptable political statements and activities.

I struggle with the resistance to accepting the…

Prayer for November 16, 2021: Please pray with me. God of those who care so very much, you know what this is all about. Caring so very much often feels like a huge burden, a weight that drags one down to the depths of hell itself. But that burden is…

Pastor Matthew Best

My name is Matthew Best. I’m an ELCA (Lutheran) pastor who attempts to translate church and churchy stuff into everyday language.

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