Evangelism for All Time: Part 2. God Goes Before Us

Rick Mattson Devotion, Evangelism 2 Comments

Part 1 is here. One day on an airplane I sat next to Elam, a world traveler. His particular mode of travel, I soon learned, was quite unique. He navigated around the globe in a small sailboat — solo. My imagination immediately took flight. Questions ensued about dangerous storms on the high seas, lonely star-speckled nights, radio communications, exotic ports …

Evangelism for All Time, Part 1

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By the grace of God I’ve served as an evangelism trainer (and trainee!) for four decades. And again by the grace of God I’ve shared Christ with many. From these experiences I’d like to suggest some ideas about evangelism for you and your campus or church. To begin, I’ll mention that my wife Sharon and I are big fans of …

The View from 40 years in campus ministry, Part 3 of 5: The Heart of Road Work

Rick Mattson Apologetics, Leadership 10 Comments

The prior post on “The Heart of Your Calling” is here. I’ve spent the last eleven years (of 40) as an itinerate evangelist/apologist (and evangelism trainer) to campuses around the country. Here are two observations from my time on the road that constitute the “heart” of road work. 1. Everything is not as it appears I show up to one …

The View from 40 years in campus ministry Part 1 of 5: The Heart of the Minister

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I began my career with InterVarsity in 1981. I’d like to share some personal and ministry observations from a 40-year viewpoint. A few years ago a college student accused me of lacking in compassion. She may have been right. Navigating my way through the events of that moment, I remember walking a tightrope between truth and compassion, and truth won …

Must Religious Beliefs be “Right?” Part 2 of 2

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In the prior post I mentioned how Ben, an international student in Chicago, voiced the “lottery objection” to faith in Jesus. To summarize: Picking the right religious beliefs out of the thousands available is like winning the lottery. There’s a lot of luck involved. Either God should make “right belief” more obvious to humanity or he shouldn’t hold anyone accountable …

Must Religious Beliefs be “Right?” Part 1 of 2

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Recently I enjoyed an extended conversation with a group of students in Chicago. They voiced many questions and objections regarding Christianity. One international student I’ll call Ben said, “I’m against the idea that you have to have the right religious beliefs in order to be accepted by God. I don’t see how this is fair, since people all over the …