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  • What is the Goal of Apologetics?

    As we continue some short posts in preparation for next week's nationwide Apologetics Awareness Week (Sept 10-17), I am often told by folks who really don't understand the goal of apologetics or the purpose of apologetics that apologetics is divisive. Many think it is about winning an argument.  But this posting is going to show that apologetics has a broader purpose than winning a debate in a formal setting, or demo...   More

  • Why is Apologetics Important and Necessary?

    Continuing on into the Apologetics Awareness Week, let me share with you why I believe apologetics is very important and very necessary for Christians and for the Church today. Here is my "ugly statement." Believers who would like to be effective in their evangelism and discple-making must understand three reasons why apologetics is important and necessary for Christians and the Church. 

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  • Anti-intellectualism in the American Church is Not a Spiritual Gift

    Over the past few months, even years, I have been wrestling with a gnawing issue on why the church is not amenable to apologetics. This is evidenced by the overwhelming anti-intellectualism that has been plaguing the church ever since 1859 when Darwin wrote his On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life as well as other influences. 

    This post is by no means going to be exhaust...   More

  • Quick Answers to the BIG 4 Objections to the Christian Faith

    Having been engaged in the discipline of apologetics for quite a few years now. there are several objections or questions that come to the forefront over and over again. These objections impact in one way or another what I call the BIG FOUR: 1) the matter of whether or not truth is absolute or relative; 2) God's existence; 3) Biblical authority; and 4) the credibility and historicity of Jesus' resurrection.  In this post I would like to just provide for you some quick responses...   More

  • News from Germanna Community College

    This past year was full of exciting moments that I would like to highlight here. Let me catch you up with last Spring and bring you to the present. 

    It all started last Spring with Germanna's Club Fair which was originally scheduled for a Tuesday was bumped to day after Wednesday. The Club Fairs in the Fall semesters are usually well attended but this one was not well attended. The school is not known for advertizing these events well, so it did not have the fla...   More

  • How to Discern Cultic Teaching from Biblical Orthodoxy

    This posting is kind of going back to a specialty when I first started on the adventure in the discipline of apologetics. Prior to addressing things like the problem of evil, the existence of God and worldview subjects, I was involved with doing ministry training churches to witness to people in the cults.  So in this posting I am going to go back to that to address something that came up in a conversation just the other night.

    The other night I found myself talking with a cou...   More

  • How Apologetics Serves Evangelism in Our Post Christian Culture

    Thinking this morning about where our culture has been and where it is going, I could not help pondering about the church’s effectiveness in this post Christian culture in reaching those without Christ. Our cultue has taken on a different face, very quickly, as a result of a judicial fiat decision. Should we do anything differently in our evangelism?  Has anything really changed?

    The truth is that every believer already, whether they realize it or not, does some fo...   More

  • Thinking Back on the Fall 2014 Semester

    As we get ready to step into our first full semester of meetings and ministry at Germanna Community College, I am reminded of how the Lord has shown His continued faithfulness in getting our chapter started and allowing us to meet on campus for a good half of the Fall semester. This has been a long time coming and we are hearing great feedback from our faculty advisor and the students talking up RC Germanna. 

    Some of our meetings with students outside of the club/chapter...   More

  • Germanna News

    Over the last few weeks we have had a series of blessings. Four meetings on the record now, which began on the 30th of October.

    Speaking of the 30th of October we were competing with a Halloween event on campus but the Lord blessed us with 11 students. On that first night we introduced Ratio Christi, our mission and gave a good introduction to what apologetics is and how important it is to our mission on the campus.    More

  • Ratio Christi Germanna NOW Has Room on Campus!

    NEWS UPDATE!  Ratio Christi at Germanna Community College just received her room to meet on campus. We are just standing in awe and watching the LORD's provision over the last couple of weeks.  

    We are seeing an increased amount of interest from students signing up for our chapter meetings. God is good.   More

  • We Welcome Professor Antwan Perry as our New Faculty Advisor

    Ratio Christi at Germanna Community College is happy to announce our that we have a new faculty advisor. Professor Antwan Perry is a Professor and Student Success Coach, working with students giving them the help they need to succeed in college and in life. Antwan serves at the Fredericksburg Area Campus in Spotsylvania.  He is a graduate of Regent University and was found by our Student Chapter President, Andy Sulser.

    Andy shared with us that Antwan is 100% on board wit...   More

  • Exciting Times Ahead at Ratio Christi Germanna

    Over the past year I have been taking a lot of time, trying to connect with students through home school co-ops, running into students in the Christian families that our family knows, and spending time on campus making connections while in the library, networking with students who are talking up Ratio Christi. What has this produced?

    Prior to the Club Fair we had about 22 students on our newsletter mailing list. Take that number and add another 18 from the Club Fair, and you...   More

  • Articulating One's Beliefs Can be a Challenge

    Despite the fact that I haven't posted since the beginning of the month, I have not lost sight of the mission. Working with the people I work with, some of them the most profane people that I have ever come across, I have not lost sight with how I am “wired” and the ministry mission. Regardless of my location  (on my job) during a good chunk of the week, I know the presence of the Lord and the conviction of His Holy Spirit, even while I “occupy Mordor” and p...   More

  • Chapter News Update

    Ratio Christi at Germanna Community College is NOW a recognized chapter by the college for Germanna's four campuses. Although we do not have a room to meet on campus due to the end of the semester, we did get a couple of meetings in at the Fredericksburg BIble Institute and Seminary, just down the road from the main campus.     More

  • Ratio Christi at Germanna is NOW a Club

    I would like to take this time to say thank you for your prayers, and encouragement to persevere in getting this chapter started at Germanna Community College. We have totally relied on our Lord to do this in His timing and in the last few days He showed us that He has the final say, amid hoops and concerns. Our Student Chapter President Theo Felder went before the SGA and shared the mission and purpose of Ratio Christi and got an overwhelmingly positive response; especially from one of the...   More

  • A Review of the Movie: God's Not Dead

    Imagine, if you will, as a student in your freshmen year of college. You’re schedule calls for a humanities class and you pick Philosophy 101. On your first day of class you find out that your professor is an atheist, who likes to tear Christians’ faith apart with the hopes of convincing them that atheism is the best worldview. This is basic background of the new movie due out March 21st entitled, God’s Not Dead.   More

  • Being a Community Apologist in the 'Burg'

    A couple of Sundays ago, I took advantage of an opportunity to check in on the annual Religious Freedom Celebration that takes place in Fredericksburg, VA.  It is an annual event, because it is here in the "Burg" where Thomas Jefferson penned his Religious Freedom Amendment.   More

  • Book Review

    Book Review:  A Reasonable Response

    A Reasonable Response by William Lane Craig and Joseph Gorra, is a compilation of Dr. Craig’s most insightful and instructive Q&A exchanges.  The book is meant to be a  “celebration and an example of the practice and ministry of answering questions.” [1] The questions are organized in six broad categories: (a) Knowing and Believing What Is Real, (b) God, (c) Origins and the M...   More

  • Ethics Week: Richard Dawkins' Defense of Mild Pedophilia is Seriously Flawed!

    “I am very conscious that you can’t condemn people of an earlier era by the standards of ours. Just as we don’t look back at the 18th and 19th centuries and condemn people for racism in the same way as we would condemn a modern person for racism, I look back a few decades to my childhood and see things like caning, like mild pedophilia, and can’t find it in me to condemn it by the same standards as I or anyone would today. . . I don’t think he did any of us...   More