About Me

 


  • I’ve worked for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship since 1981.
  • I completed my MA in the Philosophy of Religion at Bethel Seminary, St. Paul, MN.
  • Currently, I travel to college campuses across the country doing speaking and training in apologetics and student leadership development.
  • When I’m not on the road I serve as the InterVarsity Staff worker at St. Olaf College in Minnesota.
  • My wife Sharon and I live in St. Paul and we have two wonderful children and three grandchildren.
  • We are active at Grace Church Roseville where Sharon is in music and women’s ministry, and I’m on the teaching team.
  • A serious golfer, I’ve played the game my whole life. Yeah!

Philosophy of Ministry

I am committed to:

  • InterVarsity’s Doctrinal Basis, Purpose Statement, Core Values and Vision
  • Respectful dialog with “friend and foe” alike in the free exchange of ideas in the University
  • Finding common ground with neighboring ministries and other faiths, without having to agree on everything.

Sampling of Authors I Read

In the philosophy of religion

  • Christians
    • Alvin Plantinga
    • C. Stephen Evans
    • C.S. Lewis
    • Douglas Groothuis
    • J.P. Moreland
    • James Sire
    • Nicolas Wolterstorff
    • Paul Copan
    • Richard Swinburne
    • Robin Collins
    • William Lane Craig
  • Skeptics of Christian Theism
    • Antony Flew
    • Christopher Hitchens
    • J.L. Mackie
    • John Hick
    • Kai Nielsen
    • Michael Martin
    • Richard Dawkins
    • Thomas Nagel
    • William Rowe


In biblical/historical studies

  • Evangelical/orthodox
    • Craig Blomberg
    • D.A. Carson
    • Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart
    • N.T. Wright
    • Paul Eddy
  • Liberal/critical
    • J.D. Crossan
    • Marcus Borg
    • Robert Price

 

In Theology

  • Evangelical
    • Millard Erickson
    • John Stott
    • Alister McGrath
    • Roger Olson
  • Liberal/critical
    • F. LeRon Shults

Faith Like Skydiving: And Other Memorable Images for Dialogue with Seekers and Skeptics
by Rick Mattson

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This 2014 book from IVP was born out of my many evangelistic/apologetic conversations on college campuses the past few years.


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