From Urbana ’12

Rick Mattson Apologetics, Atheism, Church, Devotion 2 Comments

The Urbana ’12 Missions Convention is my 12th Urbana. The event is held every three years by InterVarsity (and has been relocated to St. Louis as of 2006). Three observations: 1. This generation of students is deep into community, teamwork, cooperation. 2. They show little interest in the turf wars of their elders regarding denominations and secondary doctrines. 3. They’re …

Essentials Part 4: Prayed Up

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This is a series about Essentials for ministry growth (in quantity and quality). Essential #1: Healthy at the CoreEssential #2: Reduce complexity to the point of qualityEssential #3: Prayed UpI fly into town for a week-long mission at Campus X. It’s pretty clear when the host ministry is all prayed up: Ordinary secular reality is broken apart.  Holes have been …

Make Us One, Father God

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When the stars converged to bring Sharon’s three sisters to our living room one evening in August, I cheered their decision to don the headphones and preserve their remarkable harmonies forever (or as long as MP3s exist) as a blessing to others. Brenda, Sharon, Linda (not pictured: Charlotte) The best of the seven songs recorded, in my opinion, is“Make Us …

55 and Simpler

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Having turned 55 recently, I’ve noticed a fresh wave of observations about life coming over me. You may think these “new” conclusions of mine lacking in originality and/or profundity. And you are probably right. Yet as they become increasingly determinative in my thinking, perhaps there is a way in which they can serve you or others. They range from “faithfulness …

Wonderful, Merciful Savior

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A departure from my normal blog: I had the good sense to marry into a musical family — the Doedens, of Worthington, MN. My wife Sharon (left in the video) and two of her sisters, Linda (middle) and Brenda, sing some tight harmonies at historic Emmanuel United Methodist Church. Emmanuel is the home church of the Doedens. (The guitarist is …

Motive for Ministry in the Church

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In my last post I mentioned my difficult decision at Grace Church Roseville to leave the music ministry in order to serve in adult education (our curriculum is called “Catalysts”). The main reason (of several) for making the move is gifting. Teaching is my sweet spot. Think of your church for a moment. Do you see people serving in places …

Finding Your Slot

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Recently I made the extremely difficult decision to withdraw from the music ministry at Grace Church Roseville. The Mattson brothers started with music early in life.That’s me posing with the trumpet. I’ve been in music non-stop since childhood. Were my late father, Donn Mattson, still around, he might be disappointed. Why did I do it? Ten reasons. I’ll name one. Perhaps …