Pastor Matthew Best

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Comfort, on its own is not a bad thing. Humans like comfort. And for good reasons. The alternative, pain, is just unpleasant. But I think it’s much more complicated than that. Like most things, too much of a good thing can turn out to be not so good. That’s true…


Prayer for October 20, 2021: Please pray with me. God who comforts and afflicts, what shall we say? We want to always see ourselves as afflicted, seeking comfort. Yet how true is this? Why do we run from the reality that sometimes we are the cause of discomfort to others…


People wonder why it takes so much effort to make change happen — serious change. Simple answer — Newton’s first law of motion states that an object in motion tends to stay in motion unless an external force acts upon it. …


Prayer for October 19, 2021: Please pray with me. God of change, blow through us. A characteristic of something that is alive is that it changes, adapts, and transforms. This is certainly true of faith. Faith is alive and causes change, adaptions, and transformation in us. But also in our…


Prayer for October 18, 2021: Please pray with me. God who builds up people and tears down injustice, shape us to follow in your footsteps. It’s so easy to fall into the pit of complaining. But it leads no where. It turns us inward on our selves. Complaining by itself…


…Do something edifying.

Doing something edifying means to do something that builds people up. I’ve seen far too many people who engage in politics and religion go down the complaining road. It’s a road that only leads to fear, anger, division, and projection. …


Prayer for October 13, 2021: Please pray with me. God of hypocrites, we dare to reach out to you. Hypocrisy tears us apart, but we are addicted to it. We comfort ourselves into believing that because we believe the “right” things, then it doesn’t matter what we do, how we…


Hypocrisy and Projection are related to each other:

“Hypocrisy is a failure to act in accordance with the standards you claim to hold.

Projection is instead attributing/accusing others of that which you yourself feel or do, usually falsely.

“They are tangentially related, but hypocrisy is contained to your own…


Prayer for October 7, 2021: Please pray with me. God of life, you are a God who creates life. And how beautiful that is. But do we really understand this? Why do we assume that life is always what it is right now? Why do we assume that what we…


A colleague posted a link to an article entitled, “ After the Pandemic, Pastors are Done Enduring Ministry.” I wasn’t sure what to make of the title, but it drew me in.

At the core is another article telling the church how pastors are leaving ministry — and that this…

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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