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    Northwestern Michigan College Join the Ranks of RC

    NMC has now been approved by the college as a student club.

    Pepperdine University Receives Approval

    Ratio Christi is now approved at Pepperdine University.

    UGA Bulldogs Enter the Ratio Christi Ring

    Ratio Christi at the University of Georgia is official.

    Congratulations Kennesaw!

    The Ratio Christi club at Kennesaw State University is now approved.

    UNC Asheville Approved by the University

    Another club has been officially approved--the University of North Carolina Asheville.

    Christmas Outreach Event

    Watch for more news about the upcoming Christmas event. 

    Ratio Christi Launched at NMC!

    We have some other great news to share about our new group:  We are already an official student organization at NMC!  We have heard this can take a year or more on other campuses, so we are thrilled at how the Lord has helped us here. 

    As a student organization we can reserve rooms, hold events, and advertise using campus systems.  We will soon appear on the website.  We can participate in the student organization fair in the fall.  Surprisingly, we also have access to college funding for events!  So, it’s a pretty big deal and we thank God for His blessing.

    Thursday, October 24: How Can I Share My Faith With Confidence and Humility?

    This Thursday evening, we'll discuss how to share the gospel with people in a dialogical fashion.  That is, in dialogue.  In this lesson, we'll look at a Philosophy of Life Survey, people can use to get into a genuine encounter with people, and what makes them tick.  There are four questions pertinent to every worldview (some philosophers submit as many as twelve): Origin, Meaning, Morality, and Destiny.  Asking people what they think about where we came from, what gives life meaning (or, happiness), how we arrive at moral codes, and where we are going as the human race are great questions to get to know people, and to also ask them about what Jesus of Nazareth has to say about these topics.  

    I was able to have some fascinating discussion with students using this survey on Monday, and I am very excited to be able to continue in this, by the grace of God.  

    Yours,

    Chris 

    CHAPTER MEETINGS CONTINUE!

    October 21, 2013 - We will be continuing our study of TrueU this week in the Education Library, Conference Room F on the second floor of Sangren Hall.  We'll be looking at the lesson "DNA by Design - Part 1: Surprise in the Cell" this week as we examine the evidence for the reality of an Intelligent Designer.  Just come up the main stairs in the center of the building and turn right to enter the library; Conference Room F is all the way back and to the left.  As time allows, we will also address questions about Christianity that may be unrealated to the specific study; ALL ARE WELCOME!

    This Week's Study, October 10

    This week, we are studying the natur of hell.  One student asks, "Is hell a place of real fire, or a dark abyss?"  We will discuss the different views on hell: eternal conscious torment, annihilationism, and existence in hell as "non-being."  
    We will also discuss the unorthodox teaching of universal salvation.  

    Dr. Francis Beckwith Speaking Today at Texas A & M on Moral Law & God

    Does Natural Law Require a Moral Law Giver?  Dr. Francis Beckwith (Baylor University) to speak tonight (10/3/2013) at Texas A&M (7pm Central; 8pm Eastern) as part of "Doing the Right Thing Week - a University Exploration of Ethics." Live free online simulcast available.

    The History of American Eugenics - Lessons for the Second Genetic Century

    Live Simulcast (free) tonight from Ohio University. Dr. Chris Hook of the Mayo Clinic will be speaking for "Doing the Right Thing Week" on The History of American Eugenics - Lessons for the Second Genetic Century.  Stream it free to your computer

    Sexuality & Marriage: What's Ethics Got to do With It?

    Tonight (8pm Eastern) from Ratio Christi at Rutgers University - Live Simulcast
    Sexuality & Marriage: What's Ethics Got to do With It?"

    Watch Kellie Fiedorek (Alliance Defending Freedom) & Ryan T. Anderson (Heritage Foundation) tackle this controversial issue.

    www.EthicsWeek2013.com

    Ethics Week

    Ethics Week is in full swing. Yesterday--Truth. Today--Sexuality & Marriage. Coming tomorrow thru Friday--Human Engineering, Moral Law, Abortion.

    www.EthicsWeek2013.com Live & Free Simulcast each night next week.

    WOUB News at Ohio University Stream "Human Reegineering" Panel

    Tim Sharp of WOUB Public Media pens article on panel discussion held at WUOB studios on "Can we safely and successfully re-engineer humanity?"

    CHAPTER MEETINGS UNDERWAY!

    September 24 - We're beginning the study of TrueU tonight!  Does God Exists?  If you don't believe in the God of the Bible, come examine the evidence.  Already a follower of Christ?  Well....do you really believe that what you believe is really real?  We will begin the discussion and answering questions tonight!  Check out this video.

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    What's Ahead

    Starting this Thursday, Sept. 5, we will begin a series of questions from students.  Students were asked to write down questions they have about God, Christianity, and the Bible.  Some of the questions are: 

    • How do we know that the Bible contains what was originially said or writeen?  
    • Is determinism true?  Do humans have free will?  If God is sovereign over all, is he the author of sin?
    • Why does John say "No one has seen God" when many of the OT saints saw God? 
    • What did God experience when Jesus died?
    • Why are so many Christians rude and unloving toward unbelievers? 
    • Is God male, female, or neither? 
    • Why did God create the devil if he knew that he would eventually tempt man to sin?
    • How do I respond to the claims of Islam? 
    • Do homosexuals go to hell if they believe and live a good life? 
    • What is the nature of hell?  Fiery lake or godless abyss?  
    • How can I be confident as well as humble in defedning my faith? 
    • Creation and evolution: what am I supposed to think?
    • Can I lose my salvation?
    • What in the Bible should we take as literal and what should we take as a general message? 
    • How can I know that the Bible is the inspired word of God? 

    We will deal with these questions and more during out meetings this semester.  

    Thanks!

    We just wanted to thank all those students who came and signed up at our table at the Root Beer Kegger. We really hope you will join us this semester!

    Summer is Over.

    Welcome back to school! We can't wait to see you all at our weekly meetings. This semester meetings will be on Monday nights at 5PM to 7PM at the Joshua House. We are hoping to get a location on campus soon. We will keep you posted.

    Labor Day is on September 2nd and we will not be meeting. We will see you on September 9th. This semester we are going to start our studies with Cold Case Christianity by J. Warner Wallace. We are very excited for the school year. We hope you will join us as we learn to equip ourselves to share our faith with others on campus.

     

    The tentative schedule for the semester so far is:

    August 26 First meeting

    August 28 We will be tabling at the Student Involvement Fair

    September 2nd No Meeting- Labor Day Holiday

    September 9 Let's talk about worldview questions

    September 16 We will start Cold Case Christianity (CCC)- Introduction, Chapter 1 & 2

    September 23 (CCC)- Chapter 3 & 4

    September 30 (CCC)- Chapter 5 & 6

    October 7 (CCC)- Chapter 7 & 8

    October 14 (CCC)- Chapter 9 &10

    October 21  (CCC)- Chapter 11 & 12

    October 28  (CCC)- Chapter 13 & 14

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    We will keep you updated for the rest of the semester.