We look forward to the Ratio Christi Symposium again this year! It is part of an annual event held at Purdue University led by multiple campus ministries and churches, drawing from colleges and communities in the surrounding region. The purpose is to discuss and debate probing questions about faith, reason, and life via panel discussions, lectures, and debates.
This year, the main topic will address the credibility of contemporary and biblical miracle claims. The keynote speaker will be New Testament scholar Dr. Craig Keener exploring the question, “Are Miracles Intellectually Credible?” Keener recently authored a two-volume book set, Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts, and is the author of the Bible Background Commentary among other publications.
Keener will also give presentations on the notion of the Historical Jesus (exploring the evidence for our knowledge of Jesus) and racial reconciliation in light of current events.
If you are in the area, we encourage you to attend the Keynote on Friday February 3rd at 7:00 pm Eastern time. The keynote is also available via live stream on their website.
In October, Everette & Sharon, Parks & Julie, and Mary were able to go to Israel! It was an astonishing, unexpected gift from some supporters!
Lon Solomon, a Messianic Jew from McLean, VA, led the tour. He has led over 45 tours! Lon gave great messages at each location, making it memorable in so many ways.
We have always heard, “You’ll never read the Scriptures the same again!” It is true! We can now clearly picture where Jesus was in places like the synagogue in Capernaum or out on the lake (Galilee) or along the shore and the Jordan River. It moved us all to see Jerusalem for the first time. We were able to step onto the Temple Mount (equal to 27 football fields) and see the model of what it would have looked like in Jesus’ time. To add to the experience, Everette & Sharon were also able to go to Mount Sinai and Petra.
The opportunity to add our prayers at the Western Wall (aka Wailing Wall) was very emotional and powerful. Especially knowing what happened in that area over the centuries and knowing there will come a day when the Eastern Gate will no longer be blocked. The Lord will come back in Glory!
Our reading and teaching is now richer because of this trip and we will never forget it!
It’s hard to believe it’s time for a new school year at Purdue! What happened to the summer break?
Campus is abuzz with students as classes began Monday August 24th on a beautiful day with mild temperatures. It’s so great to have them back! Time to Boiler Up!
We have upcoming events and Bible studies, etc that will be announced as well as ongoing schedules and communication throughout the semester. This website, Facebook and Twitter will be important information hubs for students.
Blog posts from staff, students and even an alum or two will be posted!
In the coming days Mary will report on her summer missions trip to Africa as will Everette on his Romania trip.
We are looking forward to what the Lord has in store for this school year! Stay tuned!
It’s hard to believe we have been at Purdue since 1983!
Welcome to our new website!
Take a look around and see what we are up to. We’ll be adding more here in the coming weeks but this is a good start! This site is also mobile and tablet device friendly so you can keep up with us anywhere!
The students are mostly gone for the summer now but that does not mean we aren’t keeping busy! Of course that ‘busy’ does include fishing 🙂
Our annual WDA national staff conference will be at the beginning of June. It’s a great time of fellowship, training, and vision casting. WDA is a family so it’s like a family reunion!
Mary will be on her bi-annual trip to Africa for a month to train ministers there. Hopefully she will able to post a bit about her trip this summer.
Jose, a pastor from Mexico that Everette made contact with on one of his trips there, is graduating from Calvin Seminary. Everette has had a long connection with Jose so this is a wonderful time to celebrate how God will use Jose and his family as he graduates with his Masters of Divinity and returns home to Mexico on the Yucatan peninsula.
It should be a great summer! Keep checking back!
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