Conversations from Campus: Jeremy with a Secret

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The prayer team asked if there might be a student named Jeremy in the crowd of 35. “Here,” he said, standing up.“In our prayers an hour ago we thought we heard things from God that might help you.”Jeremy was the fourth student to receive words of special knowledge from the prayer team — a humble, soft-spoken trio from a local church. “Jesus …

Conversations from Campus: Emily sunshine

Rick Mattson Apologetics, Atheism 0 Comments

I call her Emily sunshine. She sat down at my table in the Student Union and reported she was experiencing serious doubts about her faith, due to a philosophy class and an influential atheist friend. In class, the philosophy professor insisted on exposing students to outspoken skeptic Sam Harris on a regular basis, wearing Emily down. The atheist friend wasn’t …

Conversations from Campus: Ruth in 9a, part 3

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See my prior two posts for how the conversation landed here. “I have a diagram for you,” I said to Ruth in 9a. The light was dim in the cabin as the pilot announced our initial descent into St. Louis. “Okay,” Ruth nodded. “Here’s Judaism.” I drew a vertical line in the air, top to bottom. “And here’s an off-shoot.” …

Conversations from Campus: Ruth in 9a, part 2

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See last week for the run-up to “Ruth in 9a’s” point-blank question to me: “Am I going to hell?” I hesitated. She reassured me: “Seriously. I want to know.” Looking back across the empty seat between us, I could no longer see Ruth’s face. Just her profile in the fading 6pm light, framed in the cabin window at 30,000 feet. …