Rick Mattson

Rick Mattson

Muslim Dialogue

Muslim Dialogue

I just finished my fourth public conversation with a Muslim leader. In this case, Rihabi Mohamed, PH.D. I found him to be polite, articulate, and caring. A model dialogue partner. * Three things (of many) that I'm learning,...

Apologetics for Kids

Apologetics for Kids

My daughter Kelli and husband Greg have a vision for educating their five boys in the ways of the Lord. This includes giving them plenty of "why's" to believe in Jesus. So Kelli recruited me to give the...

Tradition as a Guardrail

Tradition as a Guardrail

Students on campus sometimes ask me what makes my interpretation of the Bible -- or anyone else's -- the right one. Two replies 1. We need to discern the intent of the biblical authors There's a rule that...

It’s Not About the Numbers. Or Is It? Part 1 of 2

It’s Not About the Numbers. Or Is It? Part 1 of 2

A church I'm familiar with closed its doors, recently, due to low attendance numbers. Lacking sufficient volunteers and income, they were forced to call it quits. I visited the final service. The message for the morning was presented...

It’s Not About the Numbers. Or Is It? Part 2 of 2

It’s Not About the Numbers. Or Is It? Part 2 of 2

In the prior post I asked the question of whether growth is a proper measure of a ministry. Some say yes, because the kingdom of God should be ever expanding. Others object. They measure ministry by how faithful...

Objective Truth is Back

Objective Truth is Back

On a Christian podcast I listened to recently (which shall go unnamed), the speaker was lamenting the loss of "absolute truth" in our world. Postmodernism was to blame. But I wonder, perhaps, if that commentary is outdated by...

What I’m Working on, Part 3 of 3: The Body

What I’m Working on, Part 3 of 3: The Body

I'll never be accused of having a manly body. My mom told me growing up that I had girly legs. I wasn't offended by this observation because I couldn't disagree. Why duck from the truth? One of the...

What I’m Working on Part 2 of 3: Black Theology

What I’m Working on Part 2 of 3: Black Theology

This series is simply about things I'm working on. I'm not claiming that "what I'm working on" is anything uniquely important or profound. Yet, I wish I knew more of what others are working on (I'd love to...

“Meta” Part 2 of 2: Intellectual Virtue

“Meta” Part 2 of 2: Intellectual Virtue

In the prior post I mentioned three criteria for evaluating religious truth claims: coherence, explanatory ability, and evidence. These criteria, however, are mere concepts. They don't do any work in themselves. A crucial question then is, What is...

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Rick Mattson

Evangelist & Writer

Hello & welcome to my blog! My name is Rick Mattson and I'm a traveling evangelist/apologist.

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