RC Talk - The Official Blogs of Ratio Christi Chapters
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.
#GivingTuesday is a special call to action to create a national day of giving around the Christmas season. This year it is Tuesday, November 29th.
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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."
Does this posture square with reality?
From the Prologue of Book Three (Providence) of Contra Gentiles by Thomas Aquinas, written some 700 years ago, comes a message telling us why every good thing is from above.
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:
Guest blogger: George Yancey, PhD
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.
Save the Date: Tuesday, November 29th
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1. Ratio Christi defends truth and Christianity at the University through campus clubs that meet regularly to study the historical, scientific and philosophical evidence supporting Christ and the Bible -- no other campus ministry does this.
Michael C. Sherrard, Director of our College Prep apologetics training for high school students (RCCP), was featured in November 2016 on the Bible Broadcasting Network's "Weekend Connection" with host Hank Farrior to discuss our high school outreach. BBN is heard on over fifty U.S. stations plus streaming on the internet every Saturday. Scroll down here to listen to this 16 minute interview, where Mike explains why our younger generations want more than just a "Christian experience."