The Pastor’s Desk

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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!

Mr. Holland’s Opus

In 1995, MGM studios released a movie starring Richard Dreyfus called Mr. Holland’s Opus. The movie told the story of a high school music teacher whose sole ambition it was to write a great American symphony. As the story unfolds, viewers enter into this teacher’s lifelong journey with music, experiencing the joys and struggles both… Continue reading Mr. Holland’s Opus

When to Let Go

Love is taking a few steps backward, maybe even more, to give way to the happiness of the person you love. Winnie the Pooh I had to let go.  I didn’t want to. After all, the minute that I let go of the back of her bicycle, it was a certainty that she would fall.… Continue reading When to Let Go

What a Pitcher!

There is a song by Kenny Rogers about a young boy who walks outside one day with his ball and bat. When he finds the right spot in the open field near his home, he takes the ball and holds it out in front of him. Just before he throws it up into the air… Continue reading What a Pitcher!