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The Great Reckoning


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Stephen Mattson is a writer and activist whose work has been published in Relevant, Huffington Post, Sojourners, Red Letter Christians, and a variety of other venues. Mattson graduated from Moody Bible Institute, served as a youth pastor, and now works at University of Northwestern--St. Paul. He and his wife and children live near Saint Paul, Minnesota, and attend Woodland Hills Church.


"In the most recent census, 30 percent of 18- to 29-year-old respondents marked 'none' under religious affiliation. There is growing evidence that the majority of these young people are not alienated from Jesus--merely from the church. The Great Reckoning is useful for offering an alternative way of approaching Christian faith that will appeal to many who are unhappy with Christendom but hungry for Christ. Stephen Mattson raises important and provocative questions for believers to consider."

--Alexia Salvatierra, author of Faith-Rooted Organizing "Reviews "

"Stephen Mattson is doing important work here. He is entering the cumbersome layers of time, tradition, and dogma and excavating Jesus from beneath them. He doesn't deny the real ugliness of Christianity's recent past, but he uncovers the more beautiful truth of what it first meant to follow Jesus--and he does so with wisdom, honesty, and compassion. The Great Reckoning will be a wonderful companion for those on the journey of losing religion and finding faith."--John Pavlovitz, author of A Bigger Table "Reviews "

"The Trump era has convinced many people of what they've long expected: the Christian faith has been hijacked. Political agendas, corrupt institutions, culture wars, and hypocrisy have poisoned a religion struggling to emulate the person of Jesus. In The Great Reckoning, writer Stephen Mattson navigates the difference between Christendom and Christ, and offers a way back toward the latter."

--Benjamin Corey, author of Unafraid and Undiluted "Reviews "

"All I can say after reading The Great Reckoning is ouch! But what a good, necessary, godly, beautiful, Lord-I-needed-this-badly kind of ouch it was! Thank you, Stephen Mattson, for not just calling out the mess, but offering a way out of it. You left me inspired, shaken, and convicted into action. And now is my turn to walk the way of Christ the way Christ intended it to be walked."

--Carlos A. Rodriguez, author of Drop the Stones and founder of HappySonship.com "Reviews "

"From this important book we glean this word: instead of leaning into a failing American Christianity that has always oppressed, we lean into Christ."

--Kaitlin Curtice, activist and author of Glory Happening, from forward "Reviews "

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