If you are the mom of a soon-to-be-college freshman, hang on. You will survive. But the more important question might be—will your child survive spiritually? Even if he or she has checked all the boxes associated with growing up in the church? I have walked in your shoes twice. And so far, my young men are thriving in college and are still striving to walk with Christ. Personally and professionally, I've gained insights I'd like to share with you.
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In Part 4 of this five-part series on the College Church Connection, we explored the first and foundational action the church can take to help our college students. That is to pray intentionally and strategically for them and the campus culture. In this final part of the series, we'll explore the role adults and apologetics training can have in helping our college students stand firm in the faith. As Francis Schaeffer said in The God Who is There, “It is important to remember, first of all, that we cannot separate true apologetics from the work of the Holy Spirit, nor from a living relationship in prayer to the Lord on the part of the Christian. We must understand that eventually the battle is not just against flesh and blood.”
Start with Prayer. Follow with Relational Apologetics Training.
Over the past fifteen years, I have been involved with one or all of the following—prayer ministry for kids and schools, studying apologetics, specific prayer ministry for the college campus, and working for a campus apologetics ministry. In addition, I now have two college kids of my own. Through all this, I believe God has given me a unique view of the intersection of prayer and apologetics.
In the first three parts of this blog post, we considered historical, biblical, and cultural mandates for the church’s connection to, and care of, our college students. Now let’s look at action steps the church can take to stop the youth exodus from the Christian faith and equip our college students to become cultural transformers.
Ratio Christi would like to honor the life and work of Dr. Gordon R. Lewis upon the news of his passing. Dr. Lewis went home to be with the Lord on June 11, 2016. Prior to the establishment of Talbot University and Southern Evangelical Seminary, Dr. Lewis likely had the leading apologetics program in the United States. From 1958 until his retirement from teaching in 2008, he influenced thousands of students with studies in apologetics. He served as a president of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Evangelical Philosophical Society, as well as founding Evangelical Ministries to New Religions.
There are many people, organizations, and, of course, religions that claim Christianity. All of them cannot be true. They may very well be false, but...how do we know? What is it that defines Christianity? I am glad you ask!
What do we believe, where did it come from, is there one true Christianity established somewhere in history? Why so many religions if it is clear and verifiable?Apologetics isn’t defending Baptists, Methodists, whatever etc. but Christianity and truth! Dr. Norman Geisler puts it this way: One Bible 2 testaments 3 creeds 4 councils 5 centuries. It is so much harder and more in depth than it sounds but, for the purpose here it will suffice.
This is a dialogue between Christian Professor of Philosophy and Apologetics, Dr Richard Howe and Agnostic Philosopher, Dr Abel Pienaar on the Existence of God.
This event event took place at Stellenbosch University, South-Africa on 27 August 2015.
The moderator for this event was Mahlatse Mashua (RZIM - SA Director) and the Master of Ceremonies was Nico Panagio.
What Happens on Campus Doesn’t Stay on Campus
In Parts One and Two of this blog, I reviewed the historical precedent of a church-college connection and how campus prayer movements, revival, and spiritual awakenings have not only changed the campus but shaped the culture. Next I proposed that I believe there is a biblical mandate for the church to care for our college students and care about what happens on campus. In Part Three, we’ll look at how the spiritual and political climate on campus are creating a storm hard for our students to weather.
Read any headlines lately? The college campus is a hot bed of controversy with free speech issues, an atmosphere of entitlement and demands, whining, cries for safe spaces, hurt feelings, lack of respect for administration and professors, profs being cussed out in public, fabricated hate crimes, and more. And if you are a Christian student, forget about your rights being protected.
The anti-Christian bent on campus will not only affect Christian students while on campus, but the effects of it will eventually work its way into the workforce. And what a force to be reckoned with. There are roughly 3,500 colleges and universities in America which are home to about 21 million students. Every May, 2.8 million of them graduate, flooding our marketplace mostly with worldviews hostile to the Christian one. The 1.5 million professors influencing, or indoctrinating (depending on your viewpoint) those students are five times more likely to identify themselves as atheists than the general public.
Winding through a town north of north and mostly forgotten, I was reminded that New England is all that it's cracked up to be . . . including the roads: potholes and all. The scenic views, rustic streets, and refreshing chill in early May was a reboot of my youth and early married years in New England. But this wasn't just New England. I was in Bangor, Maine for the Why Jesus? 2016 Northern New England Conference on Evidence for Christian Faith.
The small town felt evaporated upon entering the convention center that quickly filled with about 6,300 people. That's not a typo. The proof is in the "pews."
Lee Strobel wrapped up the morning that had started at 8:30 a.m. making a case for the historical Jesus, and Ravi Zacharias brought it home about 9:00 p.m. presenting on "Why Should Anyone Follow a First Century Religious Figure?"
Now, THAT . . . is wicked cool!* And if you are from around here, you know I'm not talking about an evil winter.
I am not sure one would call today's writing a blog. Though I am also not sure of the requirements to be considered a blog. Either way, it started as an email, and then I thought, scary huh, why not post it to my blog site for maximum exposure? Great idea huh? I know at this point you may already be bored. So what does summer vacation have to do with any of this? I am glad you ask!
While most people look forward to summer vacation, for me, it is one of the busiest times of the year! Summer time provides a much needed opportunity to focus on support raising. The good news is, I am closer to being 100% funded than ever before!
I am so close, and you have heard this before, that for less than 1.00 dollar a day, or a cup of coffee, you can be a part of one of the fastest growing, most vital ministries today!
In part one of this series, we looked at the important role college has in influencing culture for good or bad, how the first universities were profoundly affected by their intimate connection with the church, and how that connection has been severed. In part 2, we’ll explore how church-led prayer movements positively impacted the campus and society, where we dropped the ball, and why I believe there is a biblical mandate to pick it up again.
Praying Moms, the Campus, and an Evangelist
When American evangelist D.L. Moody preached at Cambridge to an antagonistic group of young college students, he was so distraught at their lack of attention that out of desperation he called on an army of 300 moms to pray. He said that their prayers literally “turned the tide” and that the previously unreceptive college men listened and responded to his message. This soon led to revival, out of which came “the Cambridge Seven,” a group of young men who changed world missions. Moody then brought his meetings to America which spawned more student conferences and missions movements. For over 25 years, Moody sought the help and support during evangelistic campaigns of sometimes up to 1,500 praying moms.
America's First Collegiate Prayer Movement
Throughout American history, our colleges have benefited from the transformative power of intense seasons of spiritual awakening and revival. The Second Great Awakening (1790-1845) produced our most powerful student revivals and the prayer movement that sustained them. Renewed monthly Concerts of Prayer in the mid 1780s were greatly responsible. For half a century America experienced genuine revival in one part of our nation or another.