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A Rift in the Modern Church: Where It Originated (Part 1 of 3)

A Rift in the Modern Church, Part 3 of 3: Three Suggestions

In the prior post I mentioned that evangelicals and liberals* tend to have differing starting points: Scripture as interpreted historically, going back to the creeds (evangelicals); and science along with the best of contemporary culture and learning (liberal theologians)....

Speaking of LGBT+, Part 2 of 2

Speaking of LGBT+, Part 2 of 2

In the last post I noted that Christian students are often torn between their beliefs from home and their friends at school. Because their home (Christian) beliefs sometimes lack depth and support, they accommodate themselves to secular norms at...

Speaking of LGBT+, Part 1 of 2

Speaking of LGBT+, Part 1 of 2

In a recent intense week of ministry, I spoke on the topic of LGBT+ eight times to two different groups of high school students and a group of parents. Three observations: The pull from secular culture on students to...

A Gen Z Additive, Part 3 of 3: Making A (Caring) Case

A Gen Z Additive, Part 3 of 3: Making A (Caring) Case

In the prior post, I suggested an overall conversational approach for relating to Gen Z. It involves asking good questions, listening carefully, sharing from our own lives, and using "I" statements rather than definitive "truth" statements. This approach helps...

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 lounges,...

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 political...

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 from...

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Rick Mattson

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

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