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."
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We want to share a report with our readers about the great things that happened during Ratio Christi’s fifth annual Symposium and Student Retreat! The event gathered RC leadership, students, sponsors, and other attendees who wanted to learn more about apologetics and our ministry. It was held in mid-October, 2015 in conjunction with the National Conference on Christian Apologetics (NCCA) led by Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES) in Charlotte, North Carolina.
As many of our readers know, Ratio Christ has launched RCCP – Ratio Christi “College Prep” as a local club mentoring youth to face the intellectual challenges at university level. RC College Prep chapters may form in public or private high schools, Christian high schools or homeschool groups, churches, home meetings or even restaurants in a community. With Director Michael Sherrard at the national helm of this operation, Kevin Duffy is the Regional Director of RCCP in North Carolina. This program was a perfect fit for Duffy. As the minister of evangelism & discipleship at Village Baptist Church in Fayetteville, he had already initiated a high school apologetics ministry several years earlier.
The Pray4America Bus Tour, organized by the National Day of Prayer Task Force, began its two-month travels on September 9, 2015. The 2015 theme is Pray for Education (see our previous story) and they are stopping at many colleges where Ratio Christi has chapters, so we’ve had prime opportunities to participate on campus! Representatives from RC – the only campus ministry consistently meeting and often traveling with the Pray4America bus – have had the opportunity to host information tables, meet, pray, eat and chat with students, professors, staff and employees on the steps of college buildings, in hallways and meeting rooms, or in the middle of campus.
“Let them eat cake!” said Daniel D. Moore at the end of the spring 2015 semester. It was the night he presented three student members with Legatus Christi certificates. Moore is the Ratio Christi chapter director at Western Michigan State University (WMU). We did a previous feature on the chapter when Moore anticipated an active season in bringing Christ to campus.
Part Two in a series by Mark McGee, Ratio Christi assistant chapter director at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. See Part I here.
The "fundamentals" of martial arts are taught during the first few years of a student’s quest for a Black Belt. Those fundamentals include basics of escaping, blocking, striking, trapping, and throwing (described in Part One). However, learning the fundamentals is just the beginning. Martial artists with decades of experience are still practicing those fundamentals because they are the "foundation" of a powerful system of self-defense.