Pastor Matthew Best

This past week I watched the movie “Don’t Look Up.” The quick summary is that two low-level scientists discover a comet that is headed straight for earth and its impact would destroy all life. They are met with resistance, “meh”, and spin with a “Don’t look up” rally. …

Prayer for January 17, 2022: Please pray with me. God of justice, we pray to you. We thank for you people like Martin Luther King, Jr., who walked among us proclaiming your Good News. He took to heart your proclamation of Shalom in the form of the beloved community. He…

Prayer for January 14, 2022: Please pray with me. God of proclamation, there are many gospel narratives that inhabit the world. Gospels that sell us salvation in anything but you — in political parties, ideologies, and politicians. Gospels that tell us that only winning matters. Gospels that tell us that…

Prayer for January 13, 2022: Please pray with me. God of healing, there are many who are in need of your healing. There are many who are in need of physical healing — COVID is running rampant through out land. Hospitalizations are stressing our system and causing our medical professionals…

Prayer for January 11, 2022: Please pray with me. God of wonder, come to us. So often we fall prey to cynicism. It’s easy to go into the black hole of despair, but that leads nowhere. It’s easy to see how terrible things are — to always see what’s wrong…

Prayer for January 7, 2022: Please pray with me. God of the forgotten, we know that you have not forgotten anyone. While the world may forget people, cast them aside as inconvenient or uncomfortable, make them invisible, or silence them, your ways are different Lord. While the world is blind…

Yesterday morning I received a text letting me know that Ron had died the night before in his vehicle. Maybe a heart attack. Maybe he froze to death. Ron was one of our friends that we met at the truck stop. But not just any friend at the truck stop…

Prayer for January 6, 2022: Please pray with me. God of history, today is a day full of history. A day of declaration. A day full of remorse and anger too. A day the is the personification of our division as a nation. We don’t know what to think. We…

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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