Jesus outside the box

Rick Mattson Uncategorized 2 Comments

These days I am writing my own commentary on the gospel of Mark. Am I finding fresh meanings in Mark? Writing something never before written? Not really. Scholars have been conducting a weighty conversation about the NT for the past 2000 years, and I’m simply joining in the fun. It would be quite dangerous to swerve outside the lines of …

Sponsoring Downward, Outward

Rick Mattson Uncategorized 14 Comments

I have a radical idea. It’s not going to apply in every situation—I realize that. But here it is: Church is not really for me. Don’t get me wrong. I am HIGHLY committed to Grace Church Roseville. What I’m saying, however, is that my job as a 50-something is not so much to receive as it is to give. Sharon …

Adaptability

Rick Mattson Uncategorized 3 Comments

In his excellent book, The Rise of Evangelicalism, historian Mark Knoll (Wheaton College) portrays the early evangelical movement of 18th century Europe and colonial America as entrepreneurial, adaptable, revivalist, experiential. . . radical. This in contrast to the “creaking mechanisms” of established state religion. Knoll observes: “By setting aside earlier religious forms, the evangelicals did not think they were setting …

Tradition or Change?

Rick Mattson Uncategorized 11 Comments

My friend R is more conservative than me. My good buddy P is more Catholic than me (right, since I’m Protestant). In lengthy discussions with both this past year, a critical issue has arisen—though from different angles: the place of tradition. Each friend in his own way is telling me that church tradition keeps us from wandering outside the boundaries …