Church Drop-outs: Why They Leave, Part 1

Rick Mattson Church, Uncategorized 2 Comments

David Kinnaman Recently a concerned mother approached me at a church where I’d spoken and told me a story, versions of which I hear often:“My son announced that ‘he can no longer believe in the Christian God.’ He’s walked away from the faith. He used to be involved in youth group, a worship band, family devotions, Christian conferences, evangelism . …

Equipping Teens for College: Part 6: Social and Racial Justice

Rick Mattson Devotion 2 Comments

I’d like to review my hopes for the “standard equipment” of first-year students when they arrive on campus. Ideally, they’d have these tools in the toolbox: A big-picture overview of the Bible. Inductive Bible study skills. A basic gospel outline they can share with nonChristian friends. A beginner’s apologetic (see last week’s post). An awareness of social and racial justice. …

Equipping Teens for College, Part 5: A Beginner’s Apologetic

Rick Mattson Apologetics 0 Comments

On rare occasion a first-year student will bring to college an ability to articulate a basic “apologetic” for Christianity. This is helpful not only for maintaining faith in a challenging collegiate environment, but for sharing faith with others, perhaps along these lines: 1) Origins: Why Christianity, not atheism, provides the best explanation for the origin of the universe and human life. …