Pastor Matthew Best

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…

Prayer for November 30, 2021: Please pray with me. God of goodness, how are we to look at evil and how are we to respond? Are we to see it for what it is? That is what Luther called a Theologian of the Cross. Are we to fight it? Certainly…

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…

Prayer for November 10, 2021: Please pray with me. Holy God, you come to us in a variety of ways. Often in silence. I wonder how many times we miss hearing you because we are too busy being angry and outraged. I wonder why we look for opportunities to be…

Our society seems to be addicted to a drug — anger. Social media plays a part in this. What ends up on most of our feeds are stories and statements that are designed to elicit a response and the most powerful human emotion is anger. But social media isn’t the…

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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