But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?” You foolish person! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain. . .
But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.
So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. . . For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality.
Death is swallowed up in victory.
O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?
Today's interview is with Blake Anderson of Ratio Christi. Ratio Christi (a Student Apologetics Alliance) seeks to encourage and strengthen the faith of Christian students at secular and liberal institutions across the country, while also sharing Christ's message and love to those that have yet to receive it, through the use of intellectual investigation and apologetics. Blake is the head of Chapter Growth & Support for the many Ratio Christi campus chapters. He talks about the need for apologetics on campus and in the university setting, the vision and work of Ratio Christi, how apologists can get involved part-time and full-time, and more.
by Dr. Holly Ordway, Chair of the Dept. of Apologetics, Houston Baptist University
We are delighted to announce the new Strategic Partnership between Houston Baptist University’s Master of Arts in Apologetics program and Ratio Christi.
At HBU, our innovative Master of Arts in Apologetics program equips students to understand culture, in order to engage with culture, ultimately to transform culture for the cause of Christ. Our graduates will be trained apologists, ready for positions of leadership on campuses, in the professions, and in culture.
ROI is a business term that means Return on Investment. Over the past half dozen years I have been evaluating my giving to Christian causes with much more scrutiny concerning the ROI that I am getting for Jesus. I have been doing this with consideration of both the time and the money that God is giving me to invest in His kingdom.
On February 2, 2011, Ratio Christi officially became an independent organization. Born from an idea for a student apologetics club by Randy Hardman and Brendan Helms back in 2008, it was soon after taken under the wing of Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES) and flourished. But Ratio Christi was growing beyond anything that SES could manage and they needed someone with fundraising experience and financial expertise to step in and take over.
In May of 2010, Rick Schenker ran into the Ratio Christi website. He immediately felt a pull towards this organization and its mission. “At the end of 2009 and early 2010, I started getting the impression that the body of Christ was heading into a new age, the Age of the Apologist,” Schenker said. “When I saw Ratio Christi online, I immediately knew it was a mass movement waiting to happen.”
Ratio Christi is very excited to announce the merger of Ratio Christi and ThePoachedEgg.net. The Poached Egg is a popular Christian apologetics news and blogging conglomeration web site. Ratio Christi provides apologetics resources to students and faculty on university campuses around the world. The two organizations are joining forces in order to offer even more resources to apologists and college campuses. The partnership is an omelet made in heaven.
Ratio Christi is more than a movement to address the skepticism at university campuses. We believe we can contribute to creating one of the greatest evangelistic movements in this century. Our plan is to simply turn ordinary students into incredible evangelists, and to encourage them to teach other believers what they have learned. Students that commit to this effort may be awarded a Legatus Christi certificate by a Ratio Christi apologist. Legatus Christi is Latin for Ambassador of Christ. Try to imagine the exponential effect as students graduate and go on to teach what they have learned to other believers who can teach others also.
How many people will trust in Christ over the next 10 years due to our efforts? We have no idea. This plan does not focus on the number of people that make a commitment to trust in Christ. That is a hard number to count, and may not accurately reflect the impact of an organization. Instead our plan focuses on the number of people that become capable of having culturally relevant one-on-one conversations with people about the reasons to trust in Christ.