For the February 23, 2017 Collegiate Day of Prayer, RC President Corey Miller was invited to record a radio spot promoting the importance of praying for students and colleges, but was allowed to include information about Ratio Christi. The mp3 can be heard here at the RC website. The Collegiate Day of Prayer is a nationwide call to pray for college students and the environment at colleges and universities today. The website link allows people to "adopt a college" and instructs us as to what to pray specifically.
Reporter Tyler O'Neil of PJ Media sourced us to see if we had any experts on Darwinian Theory, and we suggested he interview RC's Regional Director in Washington State, Timothy Foutz. O'Neil quoted Foutz several times in the resulting online news digest article, among several other well-known Christian theorists on evolution. Read "Darwin's Legacy: Anti-Science, Anti-God, Anti-Compassion," published the day before "National Darwin Day," February 12, 2017.
The International Orality Network (ION) spotted a blog post here at our website by RC's Chapter Director at Ohio State Eric Chabot, and asked us for reprint permission. The exceptional article, entitled "A Look at the Jesus Story, Oral Tradition and Eyewitness Memory" now appears here at ION as well. ION is an affiliation of agencies and organizations (The Lausanne Movement) working to make God’s Word available to oral learners in ways that enable worldwide church planting movements. The Lausanne Movement, now over 2,000 member groups, grew out of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelism in 2004. We thank ION for spreading the word of this article.
For the second year, Ratio Christi will be part of Purdue University's Annual Apologetics Symposium in Indiana, with a special featured Live Stream broadcast February 3-5, 2017. Out of this we have established our new division, "Symposia Christi." RC's Indiana Regional Director Joe Whitchurch explained this year's theme, "The Supernatural: Fact or Fiction?" in an interview on local Moody Radio's ‘New Day’ show with host Kelli Thompson. Here is the mp3 of this nine-minute interview into which Whitchurch packs many details. To learn more about Symposia Christi and see the full schedule for this Purdue event, go to http://www.symposiachristi.net/.
In December 2016, there was a vicious and deadly stabbing at Ohio State University (OSU). The attacker was confirmed to be a follower of extreme Islam. RC's Chapter Director at Ohio State Eric Chabot was interviewed by BJ Edwards on "Last Call" Radio about Muslim indoctrination at OSU and other campuses, the drift away from Christian thinking, and the hope of Christ that Ratio Christi can instill in students with the learning of apologetics. To hear the podcast click on this link, scroll down to 12/10/16 and select the title "Ratio Christi Explains Muslim Indoctrination at OSU." Chabot comes on at about the 15-minute mark. OSU is one of the largest universities in the United States, and RC's chapter there is one of our oldest and most well-established. "Last Call" is the streaming internet radio program of the ministry Minutemen United.
Michael C. Sherrard, Director of our College Prep apologetics training for high school students, 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. We have the mp3 posted here at our website for listening. Farrior had previously interviewed our first president, Rick Schenker, in 2014 and we thank him for his interest in coming back to us for more information.
Ratio Christi's International Director Tyler Geffeny, our Chapter Director Conor Anderson from UC San Diego, and one of Anderson's chapter students were interviewed at White Horse Inn Radio by host Mike Horton. Horton established WHI more than twenty years ago in regular radio and it is now a very popular streaming Christian conservative program that airs each Sunday. This October 2016 discussion is a "must listen" for parents, grandparents, clergy, and church members about the dangerous intolerance on college campuses toward students with biblical worldview, and how difficult it is for our kids - and Christian professors, too - to maintain their faith amidst recurring secular contradictions and accusations.
Reporter and Assistant Editor of PJ Media, Tyler O’Neil, interviewed RC President Corey Miller and Professor Carol Swain for this popular online news magazine. Swain, a conservative professor at Vanderbilt University, was coming up as our Annual Symposium Keynote Speaker ten days after the interview. Discussed were intolerance toward Christian free speech on campus, the seeping in of Marxist socialism which is stopping free critical thinking, and more concerns for today’s college students and professors. This excellent October 6, 2016 interview can be read here: “6 Ways Christians Can Fight the 'Cultural Marxism' on College Campuses.”
UPDATE: O'Neil became so interested in our ministry that he came to the Symposium and video-interviewed Dr. Swain, several students, and more RC leaders. See two of those videos here at our website: What It Takes to be a Christian Couple at a Secular Campus and Dr. Swain on several Issues affecting our students and our society.
On Friday October 7, repeat host Steve Noble told his Called2Action listeners about our 2016 Ratio Christ Symposium which was coming to his area the following week (Oct. 15-17). He spoke with RC President Corey Miller and Keynote Speaker Professor Carol Swain This radio program reaches streaming internet audiences as well as six or more stations on the Truth Network which covers most areas in North Carolina, with our Symposium happening in the Charlotte area. Noble has a true heart for bringing the Christian perspective back into academia and helping ministries like RC have a listening audience. Here is the podcast of this program.
Ratio Christi President Corey Miller was interviewed on Soaring Eagle Radio with host, Pastor Mike Spaulding. They discussed discrimination against Christians at college, Miller's coming out of Mormonism and topics related to Ratio Christi's mission. The September, 2016 podcast can be heard here at Soaring Eagle. Pastor Spaulding ministers at Calvary Church in Lima, Ohio.
On September 1, 2016, the Lawrence Herald newspaper in Huntington, West Virginia informed its readers of an upcoming event at Marshall University, sponsored by the school's Ratio Christi chapter and First Baptist Church of Proctorville. The event, taking place on September 25, will feature Dr. Mike Licona, associate professor of theology at Houston Baptist University and president of Risen Jesus Inc. Licona will speak on the topic "Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead." The newspaper gave contact information about how people could attend the event.
Ratio Christi's Fall 2016 season kickoff at Purdue University Calumet received coverage by WLTH 1370 AM Radio, with DJ Eve Gomez. The station reaches the Northwest Indiana, Gary and southside Chicago areas. Gomez interviewed Chapter Director Gene Calderon and met some of our chapter members.
Our president Corey Miller was interviewed on Moody Radio and all its affiliated stations on August 30, 2016, marking Ratio Christi's first national Moody Radio appearance. Miller spoke with "Equipped" host Chris Brooks about "Academia and Apologetics". He comes on at the 15 minute mark of the program, first being asked by Brooks to discuss his own coming out of Mormonism. Then the program turns toward discrimination against Christian students and professors and how Ratio Christi is training people to handle this. UPDATE: Brooks was taken with RC's mission and invited Miller to join him two weeks later in Indianapolis for an "Equipped" live studio audience broadcast on September 16. This time the theme was "Change Agents for Christ" and Miller comes on after the 7 minute mark, discussing how to instill a lasting faith in students despite today's anti-biblical culture.
In February of 2016, a generous benefactor bequeathed an Old Testament Scroll from circa 1750 to Ratio Christi. Our Vice President of Operations Michael Bossman travels to churches and universities with this portion of the Hebrew Torah as an example of historical evidence for Biblical accuracy. With an upcoming scroll appearance at the University of Mobile in Alabama in September 2016, the school's news digest published an article about the scroll.
This news was then picked up and covered in an article at Breaking Israel News, an online news magazine all the way in Israel which writes from a perspective complimentary to both Christian and Jewish worldviews. The scroll is described, including photos, and Bossman is quoted in both pieces.
UPDATE: Three days later, news of the scroll coming to U of Mobile showed up in The Press-Register, a newspaper serving southwest Alabama. It is one of Alabama's oldest newspapers.
RC's Vice President of Campus Operations Michael F. Bossman shared exciting details about the historic 1750 Old Testament Scroll which was donated to us, in a streaming interview out of WHKW in Cleveland. Bossman has been touring the country, displaying the precious scroll at churches and universities, and sharing details about how it was confiscated by the Nazis during World War II but was recently recovered. Hear the fascinating details in this August, 2016 audio podcast. Bossman comes on after the six-minute mark. He and host Jon Loufman also discussed how Ratio Christi operates on school campuses.
See a very interesting August 2016 interview with RC President Corey Miller regarding his coming out of Mormonism, the upcoming book he is co-authoring on the subject, and the mission of Ratio Christi. The Interview was on Focus Today at TheDove.us radio and website ministry.
Ratio Christi's VP of Operations Michael F Bossman, RC Chapter Director Conor Anderson from San Diego State University, and graduating student Evan Young from our North Carolina College Prep outreach were interviewed on Educate For Life's streaming internet program with EFL's host and creator Kevin Conover. This August 2016 video can be watched here at our website. This link will also give other ways to watch or listen on YouTube and iTunes. The lively conversation encompassed RC's vision and purpose, discrimination of Christian students in academia and how apologetics training can add strength to a student's perspective toward their own faith and how to witness to others. EFL offers home school, online, and seminar classes that defend and explain the Bible.
RC President Corey Miller and apologist/pastor Stephen Bedard talked apologetics together in May 2016. Bedard, who is the pastor at Queen St. Baptist Church in St. Catherines, Ontario, runs Hope's Reason Apologetics Blog and Hope's Reason Journal. Their discussion resulted in Bedard's Hope's Reason blog post, "The Need for Apologetics on the Secular College Campus," where Miller highlights the reasons for the importance of an apologetics ministry on campuses where there is intense opposition to the Christian worldview. Ratio Christi's outreach in Canada is growing thanks to partnering with people like Bedard who want to see apologetics thrive as a movement across church as well as campus, both in Canada and the U.S.
Ratio Christi chapter member Hannah Rouley at the University of California - Berkeley wrote a challenge to campus liberals about today's academic intolerance toward the Christian worldview. "What It's Like to Identify as Conservative at UC Berkeley" was published by the school's newspaper, The Tab in April, 2016. The state of California and its two university systems, UC and Cal State U with their various campuses, can be considered the most liberal and secular-minded in the United States. Rouley calls attention to the lack of respect and shutting down of biblical and conservative viewpoints that ironically occurs in an environment that is supposed to be tolerant and diverse. Rouley has since published two other articles for the school paper handling delicate issues.
Executive Director of Ratio Christi International, John Stewart who is also an allied attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom, discussed President Obama's Supreme Court nomination (following the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia) in a March 2016 op-ed for One News Now. Stewart's article, "Evangelicals MIA on Supreme Court," explored the concern that nominee Merrick Garland, if confirmed, would be the fourth Jewish justice on the bench with five Roman Catholics. Despite the large percentage of Protestants in the U.S. population, there would be no Protestant justice and thus a lack of presence of "evangelicals" on the highest court in the country. Stewart contends this demonstrates little concern on the part of the president for what "diversity" means outside of the current administration's liberal headset.