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A Gen Z Additive, Part 2 of 3: Building Trust

A Gen Z Additive, Part 2 of 3: Building Trust

In my prior post I offered some general notes about Gen Z gleaned from online and InterVarsity sources. My own "additive" consists of four suggestions for relating to Gen Z. They arise from my many experiences in dorm...

A Gen Z Additive, Part 1 of 3: Who is Gen Z?

A Gen Z Additive, Part 1 of 3: Who is Gen Z?

Having trouble understanding Gen Z these days? In education, Gen Z refers to middle schoolers all the way up through graduate students in their mid-20s. A few Gen Z characteristics include low religious affiliation, mental health struggles, left-leaning...

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,...

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 But I wonder, perhaps, if that commentary is outdated by...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...

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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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