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

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

I've been reading the noted historian, George Marsden, professor emeritus at the University of Notre Dame. He tells of the great split that occurred among Protestants in the early 20th c. between "liberals" and "evangelicals." Liberals were concerned to save the intellectual respectability of Protestantism. In response to cultural forces as represented by Darwin, Freud, and scholarly critique of the Bible, liberals reinterpreted Christianity to become a religion of historical processes. That is, God reveals himself...

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...

Reflections from Israel, Part 1

Reflections from Israel, Part 1

Visiting Israel for the first time, I wondered what to expect. Would it be over-commercialized? Would the holy sites be little more than tourist traps? More lamentably, would I be too old and cynical to appreciate the simplicity of,...

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,...

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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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