The Contrarian

Rick Mattson Uncategorized 7 Comments

According to Conventional Wisdom, there’s a set of practices and disciplines to which we all must submit. They are mandatory. No exceptions. A short list: Sabbath rest Accountability Prayer and Bible study Local church involvement Boundaries on visual inputs Boundaries with the opposite sex But I’m a contrarian. I work seven days a week because that’s what separates the men …

Mentor on Race

Rick Mattson Uncategorized 2 Comments

Twice in the past year I’ve spoken publicly on the issue of race. Both times I was shaking in my boots. Why? Fear of offending minority audiences by saying the wrong thing. Fear of offending white evangelicals by calling them out. No expertise. Why listen to me? I’m a dang rookie in racial reconciliation stuff. I need a mentor.  Pastor …

Mentor Me

Rick Mattson Uncategorized 4 Comments

In my wisest moments I know what I don’t know. In my sanest moments I know I need help. Ergo: recruit three mentors. Mentor #1: Wayne Thyren (TreeHouse Youth Outeach). How he mentors me: Spiritual Director. I have asked him to tell me the naked truth about myself. He has obliged for the past 15 years. Mentor #2: David Clark …