DEFENDING THE FAITH: RATIO CHRISTI BRINGS CHRISTIAN DISCUSSION TO ASU

Defending the faith: Ratio Christi brings Christian discussion to ASU

By Thomas Sherrill

Making the advancement from high school to college is a major change to the lives of millions of young people each year. Students are thrust into a new atmosphere, and the change can seem overwhelming.

For Greg Walker of Ratio Christi at Appalachian State University, he believes that change causes many Christians to abandon their faith.

“Children are being raised for the most part in today’s culture and public school systems that often regards God and the Bible as superstition,” said Walker. “It is thought that our faith is based on blind faith alone without consideration to real, tangible, intellectual evidence that supports the Bible.”

Ratio Christi, which was started at ASU in 2008 by students Randy Hardman and Meridith Cheek, looks to bring together faith and reason. The meetings started in the basement of the ASU Baptist Campus Ministry.

After one of the original members moved to UNC-Charlotte in summer 2008, the group formed a partnership with Southern Evangelical Seminary and has added new chapters every year since.

The organization now has more than 150 chapters in colleges and universities internationally…

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Special “THANK YOU” to Thomas Sherrill for an outstanding article!

Walk By The Way

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September 9, 2016

I have so much respect for them. They have class all day and homework to do. They could have gone anywhere else and done anything with their Tuesday night. They could have gone to another club meeting with tons of people, loud music, mixing and mingling. Or they could have been out horsing around. Which is so instinctive for a 19ish year old to do. But they weren’t. They were there. With us. Eating homemade birthday cake and listening to Greg discuss “Is Truth Relative?” How profoundly humbling. Those young people are so very brave to be there, in a classroom of all places which is probably not high on a college student’s list of fun places to be in their spare time, and not just talking about God and warm fuzzy things but getting right down to the nitty gritty let’s-do-this-philosophical-analytical-thang. It’s real stuff, man. And we had about ten more show up than the previous week!

Anyway. How very very humbling it all is. And how refreshing, too, to be here. Doing THIS. The other night after having a few students over for dinner, Greg and I were just overflowing with joy and thanksgiving knowing THIS is why we are here! After so much time, planning, hard work, trials… whew, this is it! To SERVE, love, and teach. And listening to Greg talk it was abundantly clear that THIS is it, and it’s exactly what God has created and prepared Greg for right here and now. Like a fish in water he gets on their level and is just so relatable and captivating. One dear student raised his hand and asked “What will we talk about next week?!” How incredibly encouraging.

 

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My duties are quite mapped out for me in the home these days (hands very happily full of babies! Think: 20 diapers a day lol. James is allllllmost crawling and Wesley is a ball of energy/joy/curiosity.) I won’t often be able to go on campus for the meetings with our two sweet boys in tow, but being Greg’s birthday last week we decided to go and surprise him with love, support, and cake. The boys were sort-of-quietly entertained for the hour long meeting, but I’m so glad we were able to go be with him and those dear souls who faithfully came out to learn about and discuss Christian apologetics.

How full and uplifted our hearts are tonight. This is such an interesting new chapter of life for us; most nights we either have neighbors or students over for dinner, which in a previous chapter may have felt a little overwhelming, but God has graciously brought us to a place where it gives us such peace and joy to regularly open up this home that is surely not ours, but the Lord’s, for fellowship and love.

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“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:23-24‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”
‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭6:6-7‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Thanks for your prayers and love,

-Lindsey

Eyes on The Prize

July 31, 2016

On our move up to Boone, we had a diaper “situation” that needed immediate attention and we had to stop at THE next gas station. On the other side of the gas pump was a rough looking biker dude. He called over to Greg to come help him because he was having trouble seeing the gas pump through his glasses (?!) so Greg helped him and began small talking. With James in my arms I walked over, and being a former biker chick myself I can appreciate a little biker interaction. He told us stories about his children and grandchildren and his girlfriend, and that his health is failing and he’s struggling with smoking addiction. So we asked if we could pray for him and he said yes, and right there at the gas pump we prayed for him in Jesus’ name and then he prayed for us too! His prayer was beautiful and heartfelt; he was a diamond in the rough and a reminder to keep our hearts and eyes open to receive God’s love and blessing even in the unexpected. We parted ways saying “See ya in Heaven!” We pray that we will see ol’ Johnny again!

A few months back, no sooner than receiving God’s call to ministry with Ratio Christi at Appalachian State, did we begin to experience much testing and trials. We have been faced with various sicknesses/allergies, spider and severe insect bites, general cloudy headedness and classic spiritual warfare as we began the preparation for the move. On top of that our apartment lease ended a few weeks sooner than our house was ready to move into, leaving all our personal belongings scattered in three separate locations while we stayed with family. The transmission on our family vehicle went out unexpectedly. We had to move our things in and out of multiple storage facilities. At times we felt depressed and even discouraged yet we have been clinging on to God’s word that we are to consider it joy when faced with trials of various kinds. God has remained faithful to us and continues to give us encouragement at our lowest points when we feel ready to just give up. One night after some particularly bad news about a door that was closing that we had many hopes for, God blessed us with three new supporters all in one night. We remember that all things work together for the good of those who love him and are called according to his will, and must not forget exactly what our calling is: to be a light in the darkness and minister to the needs of the students at Appalachian State University.

We must stop and look past the long list of trials, and look at a MUCH longer list of God’s mercies! God continues to provide help in our time of need and has built our endurance with every last trial that we have encountered. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

We have been unpacking and settling into our new little cabin on a precious mountain outside of Boone… We are actually just over the Tennessee state line, about 25 minutes from campus where we absolutely can not wait to begin the campus ministry. A friend of ours who is a rising freshman at App state told us about a sad reality at her freshmen orientation; the students and parents were welcomed all together and then students were split apart from the parents and shown multiple presentations about being “accepting and welcoming” to particularly immoral behaviors that those 18 year olds should not have had to witness on day one of college, or ever. Welcome to the world, guys. And what a brutal awakening many of those kids must have had, to see those things promoted. But, the enemy will do everything to wedge in and distract, and what easy targets are those of weak or no faith. We, too, have been faced with discouraging and distracting situations where we anticipated support that fell through for one reason or another, or any of the many other trials, which remind us to put our faith and hope in God alone and not in man and to keep our eyes on The Prize and goal here: to reach the lost and make strong and faithful disciples of Jesus Christ during our fleeting and precious time on Earth.

On a lighter note! Kind of? The Lord has been particularly pressing in my heart the fact that these days with my tiny tots are also fleeting, and lately I’ve so been wishing time would just stand absolutely still. It’s in the sweet moments after bedtime, during bedtime story and milk time, in the quiet dusk moments with the ceiling fans gently blowing their soft sweet hair and the crickets singing a lullaby through the open windows that my heart just wants to leap out of my chest and all I can do is praise our Heavenly Father and read another page of Mickey’s Picnic in the Woods. Children absolutely are a heritage from the Lord, like arrows in the hands of a warrior and SO so blessed are we to have them in our “quiver!” With our little arrows literally in tow we are so anxious to begin the ministry work here!!!!

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To those of you who have launched us and have been supporting us on our journey so far, we thank you fervently for your prayers and partnership. We will keep you posted as things progress toward getting Ratio Christi at App State going full speed ahead! Until then….. let’s all remember to keep our eyes on The Prize and look past the temporal and make the most of the invaluable gift of time!!!!!!!!
-Lindsey

 

Welcome to BooneWalkers!

Our first ever blog post!

Why do you believe what you believe? What is apologetics? What’s Ratio Christi? What do really cute babies do in their spare time? And what the heck are the Walkers doing?!?!?

If you’ve ever found yourself asking any of those questions, then you’re at the right place! High five!

Welcome to BooneWalkers, the Walker family blog where we hope to dabble in a little of this and that, post ridiculously cute pictures of irresistibly cute babies, and mayyyybe answer one or two of those questions.

What do you say?? Are you up for the adventure? You know the drill… Fasten your seat belts, hold on to your hats, and remember- keep your eyes open, you might see an elephant!

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Greg
Our fearless, dashing, former-army-ranger-now-diaper bag-toting, circus ring leader

Lindsey
Lover of tea time, nap time, past times, and good times

Wesley
The quiet one. HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

James
Lover of milk, mom, and serious snuggles

So what the heck ARE the Walkers doing?

Well, we are closing the chapter where it all started for us, in Charlotte, NC where we met, had some babies, and where Greg has been a seminary student at Southern Evangelical Seminary and Bible College for the last 5 years studying- what was that fancy word?- yes, apologetics.

a·pol·o·get·ics
əˌpäləˈjetiks/

reasoned arguments or writings in justification of something, typically a theory or religious doctrine.

Why, thank you Google.

So, Christian apologetics is reasoned arguments and defense of the historic Christian faith.

For a while now, we have been feeling the call to full time mission work doing… something somewhere. Yeah, we thought that was pretty specific, too…

After much prayer and lots of doors opening and closing, we have found ourselves at Ratio Christi, a college campus Christian ministry dedicated to teaching/interacting with/discipling students (and faculty) at secular, liberal, religious, public, and private universities around the world! Say that five times fast!

We will be moving to the Boone, NC area where Greg will serve at Appalachian State University as the new chapter director.

Ratio Christi actually originally started in 2008 at Appalachian State University as the Reasonable Faith Apologetics Club. The idea was first initiated by a conversation between two ASU students about the need to address serious intellectual questions raised in the university as they pertained to Christianity, and that concept quickly caught on and is currently spreading to hundreds of campuses all over. You can read more about the history of Ratio Christi here.

So, we are currently in the process of transitioning our life and our family to begin this new exciting chapter and we are humbled to go with God to App State and start this new adventure. We have entered into a season of support raising, as each of the 200ish missionaries for Ratio Christi worldwide have done.

We invite you to follow along on our fun filled family adventure on this here blog. That’s right, we’re fixin’ to be mountain people y’all!