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

Rick Mattson Devotion, Leadership 24 Comments

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 …

On Productivity, Part 3 of 3

Rick Mattson Bible, Devotion, Leadership 2 Comments

In the last post I mentioned my decision to slow down and place rest ahead of work. Here are three things I learned: 1. You can’t rush rest. It takes a long time. 2. For me, the backlog of personal items coming to the surface was eye-opening. I was overdue on many, such as grieving years of losses and wounds, …

On Productivity, Part 2 of 3

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Part 1 is here. Due to covid confinement this past year, I stayed at home, worked alone . . . overdosed on Zoom calls. It was an unwelcome slow-down. One of the blessings, however, was that I was forced into a period of personal reflection, with no chance for escape. I couldn’t bolt over to campus or church, couldn’t engage …

On Productivity, Part 1 of 3

Rick Mattson Bible, Devotion, Leadership 4 Comments

In his fine book, The Unhurried Life, Alan Fadling reminds us that Adam and Eve were created on the sixth day. Thus, instead of plunging into a full work-week where the original couple would tend the garden (Gen 2:15) and rule the earth (1:28), they entered quietly into the seventh day: sabbath rest. Fadling asks a profound question: What if …

On Being a Performer (part 1 of 3)

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First Post: Are you a performer? A sharp student at Macalester College where I worked for many years said to me one day, “I’m a performer.” I could see it in him. He was (and is) talented academically and musically, and when he was “on” he was really on. The idea of being a performer stuck with me from that …

On Being a Performer (part 2 of 3)

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Second Post: Liabilities In my prior post I shared how performers tend to have an altar-ego that kicks in when things need to get done and done well. In my own case, when funds need to be raised for the ministry, or I’m literally on-stage with Muslim or atheist dialogue partners, or I’m bouncing around a college campus meeting students …