Report from Simon Brace, Regional Director of Ratio Christi in South Africa
The Ratio Christi South Africa family is growing! We now have two functioning chapters (North West University in Potchefstroom and Stellenbosch University in Stellenbosch) and serious interest in establishing chapters at four more universities. Our first annual symposium was an attempt to bring together all interested parties in order to seek the Lord, forge relationships, and become better ambassadors of Christ.
This is part four of an ongoing series about scripture and examples of apologetics in the Bible. You see, much of the opposition to apologetics come from within the church itself; believers. Dr. William Lane Craig states in his book, On Guard, that apologetics are used to strengthen the believer, reach the lost and change culture. Thus, if the opposition is coming from within, it would appear believers need to see and understand the Biblical mandate of apologetics. My personal goal in this series is to provide a better understanding of the scripture and give examples of the use of apologetics within the Bible. So what does any of this have to do with your final answer? I am glad you ask!
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At least that's what one person noted online. I breathed a quick "pffffft," stirred by the unique ignorance of the historical significance of the day and moved on. However, in the days since, my mind has repeatedly returned to the statement and itched me in a way I have been trying to understand how to scratch.
Thanksgiving sans religion is a sentiment shared by many. The American Humanist Association weighs in, "There are so few secular holidays, let’s be thankful for this one."
Grant and Lexi Forrester are students at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where they attend the Ratio Christi chapter. This past October, Chapter Director Aaron Marshall presented them with RC’s Legatus Christi certificates at our annual Symposium and Student Retreat Banquet. Marshall felt this young married couple had earned the outstanding member recognition for their devotion to mentoring Christian students and reaching nonbelievers through apologetics.
After the Symposium, the Forresters were featured in a video interview by Assistant Editor Tyler O’Neil at PJ Media, an online magazine. After previously interviewing RC President Corey Miller, O'Neil was so impressed with the ministry that he joined us at our event to interview more people.
We decided to catch up with the Forresters for our own detailed Ratio Christi follow-up:
At the Ratio Christi banquet last year, I talked about the need for Christians in a post-Christian world to create intentional communities to not only survive but thrive in this new reality. Time did not permit me to go into all of the characteristics these communities must possess. But one of those qualities is that they must be multiracial. We need a community where Christians of all different races work together to deal with Christianophobia and the other problems in our society. Such unity of purpose across the races will speak volumes in a racially divided society and go a long way to providing a vital witness even in a post-Christian society.