Born and raised in Fort Collins I couldn’t be happier to be serving in my home town. I’ve been blessed to travel to over 30 countries, many of which I did missions. I served as a Bible teacher for 2 years and just finished my a Master of Arts degree at Southern Evangelical Seminary this past spring. Now I am extremely excited to continue as the Ratio Christi Chapter director at CSU for the 6th year and step into the regional director for Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico. Bearded Disciple expands ministry to an endless possibility of influence online.
We live in a time and place that makes it extremely hard for Christians to know how to navigate issues Biblically. Often Christians lack in solid Biblical training results in them supporting non-Biblical doctrines or afraid to engage in certain issues. Questions that have long since been answered, are also questions we are unequipped to deal with despite available resources. It breaks my heart to know that people dismiss or abandon Christianity because they themselves were not well equipped or Christians they talked to weren’t prepared.
If we compare campus ministry at CSU to a soccer team, then I see Ratio Christi as our goalie. They operate under different circumstances and are highly specialized. “Apologia,” the word at the root of apologetics, means defense. And that’s what Ratio Christi does, defending the gospel with love and humility. And we are thankful they’re on our team. – Austin Ballard, Impact Ministries at Colorado State
My ministry with Ratio Christi and Bearded Disciple works to equip, train and empower ministry leaders to non-believers to understand defend and explain the Christian worldview so they can know Christ more and navigate the difficult questions and issues of our time as well as answers to the age old questions that lead people away from Christ. Put simply we want to be another tool in the toolbox of ministries and individuals.
I am working to help grow our four chapters in Colorado to well over 20 members each and new chapters at other universities. We have hopes and dreams to expand into high schools creating Ratio Christi clubs and even arrange field and mission trips for college and high school ministries. I am also looking to create at least one new video and podcast each week. Would you consider partnering with me in this ministry?
My goal is to find 37 individuals to invest in the ministry at $100 a month by September. Will you join me?
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Nice piece indeed. I’m an atheist and a fan of Jacklyn’s and I agree with you 100%. A gentle but wholehearted dialogue is healthy. What leads to strife and dischord is believers and non believers opposing each others views so vehemently that they become consumed by hatred. Some even advocate for the death of those who don’t believe in their point of view. In fact if we analyse most of the major conficts in history, they center on wanting the kill others because they don’t subscribe to one’s geographical, cultural or sadly (religious) views.
What’s needed is a rational dialogue and a generous amount of tolerance. Let’s face it many hold so strenuously to their beliefs that they will never be convinced otherwise. A reasonable vigerous discussion is an opportunity for each side to appreciate the other’s.
Best of luck,
Thanks Fred. You’re so right about all of that. I think even if we are solid in our convictions we should be able to dialogue in a respectful way. Here is to hoping that we can hear each other out and even be willing to change our minds when truth points us in new directions.
Thanks for your post on MR! English grammar is not routinely thought of by many as absolute, but perhaps it should. Use of the word, “that” can be a sign along the proverbial highway to not miss an upcoming “stop sign.” The “stop sign” is ending a sentence with a preposition. Ending a sentence with a preposition is rarely the best – or accurate- form of communication. There is greater emphasis in a sentence by using the —object— of the preposition on the end of the sentence. As an example, from your article you write, “For instance, to pick something that most moral relativists will squirm at: …” Precision and impact would have been enhanced with the grammar being correct. — “For instance, to pick something at which most moral relativists will squirm:…” Having the last word in the thought be “squirm” gives the word (and thought) more emphasis. Blessings…
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Your work is very good…although some areas are classically mythological regarding some things Catholic, your getting closer to accuracy….keep going.