The Camel’s Nose

Rick Mattson Uncategorized 3 Comments

My friend Dr. Bob Osburn at the University of MN http://www.wilberforceacademy.org/ notes how the arrival of postmodernity actually creates space for Christians on campus in a backwards sort of way: “There is little doubt that postmodernism has been the camel’s nose under the tent, and, thus, alternative, nontraditional worldviews like Christianity have found a place to enter and engage the …

Do it with Style

Rick Mattson Uncategorized 5 Comments

I’m trying to confuse you. Last week’s post was a “never happens” dialog between Modern and Postmodern, that happens (implicitly) all the time. Hopefully, you were not happy with either side. Moderns tend to be overly impressed with their own knowledge and institutions. Let’s not get stuck there. Postmoderns sometimes fall into cynicism and relativism. That’s no good either. My …

Pomo vs. Mo

Rick Mattson Uncategorized 4 Comments

A hackneyed, stock conversation in the anthropology dept between Postmodern and Modern that never actually occurs. Except everyday. Pomo: You “Mo’s” have been running the show for 400 years, and we’re going to put an end to it. Mo: What do you mean? Pomo: It started with your European claims to know absolute truth. Then you forced yourselves on MANY …

The 500 Foot Wall

Rick Mattson Uncategorized 6 Comments

Derek and Amber are postmodern college students. They have entered your church for the first time, hoping to find spiritual reality, but a 500-foot wall appears to be blocking their way into the sanctuary. From the “narthex,” you spot D and A. They look out of place here at church—baggy clothes, tattoos, tongue rings, I-pods. Confused yet confident. An unmistakable …

Bob Osburn on whether to send students to a secular or Christian college:

Rick Mattson Uncategorized 2 Comments

[Dr. Osburn serves as executive director of the Wilberforce Academy, which trains students to be redemptive change agents in their home societies http://www.wilberforceacademy.org/. ] Rick:    Why should a Christian student consider attending a secular college? Bob:    Exposure to a wide range of views and voices.  This is essential if students are going to recognize how distinctive is the Christian voice …