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Ravi Zacharias, Christian scholar, on the ‘toughest’ question for faith today: Why you actually exist [#RaviZacharias #WhyExist #ChristianNewsAndViews]

Ravi Zacharias has spent the better part of his life answering questions about Christianity.

The 73-year-old Christian apologist, who is known around the world for answering skeptics, gave his life to Jesus Christ at 17 years old on the verge of suicide, and for 47 years since he has been an itinerant speaker traveling the world defending the faith.

“I have come to the conclusion that it’s harder to find logic in life if there is no God.”
Ravi Zacharias, the author of “The Logic of God,” a book with 52 devotions for the heart and the mind.

According to the founder of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM), which has speakers engaging in apologetics at college campuses and forums across the world, there is always a questioner behind every question, and that questions have changed dramatically since he started.

“We have progressed immensely in our capacity to communicate, in our capacity to digitize everything, but oftentimes what is happening is we are living in front of a screen and missing out in relationships, and so the questions are getting larger and larger and the soul is getting emptier and emptier.”
– Ravi Zacharias of the current generation.

When Zacharias began speaking years ago, apologetics was heavily focused on debates like creation versus evolution and questioning of the authority of the Bible.

“Basically, they were questions to challenge the very notion of God’s existence, but now the questions are more existential.”

Young teens, bombarded with social media, are asking if their life is even worth living, but Zacharias, who himself asked that critical question as a teen, said all questions hang on one thread.

“All the questions you ask can only be answered after you have found the answer to the first question: Why you actually exist. And when you find that that relationship with God through Jesus Christ, as I believe, then all the other questions are justified and the answers are forthcoming.”
– Ravi Zacharias

In addition to meaning, RZIM hears questions about sexuality, in some form, at every forum.

“Sexuality is the toughest one to deal with but let’s remember it this way. It’s a gift, but it’s a gift that has parameters. It is possible to break it. It is possible to find fulfillment in it.”
– Ravi Zacharias

The Christian scholar points to when people say things to him such as, “If two people really love each other, that’s all that really counts.”

“Well, then I ask ‘Why did you leave it at two? Why did you qualify it by love?’ You’re already setting boundaries that sexuality is not without boundaries, so as a follower of Jesus Christ, I take His boundaries as the guidelines to enjoy the gift with responsibility, otherwise you can break it.”
– Ravi Zacharias

Ravi Zacharias, Christian scholar, on the ‘toughest’ question for faith today:
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Phil Heller announced as new lead pastor of Crossroads Christian Church, one of Tri-State’s largest congregations with campuses in Newburgh and on Evansville’s West Side in Indiana [#PhilHeller #Crossroads #Indiana]

Phil Heller has been announced as the new lead pastor of Crossroads Christian Church, one of the Tri-State’s largest congregations with campuses in Newburgh and on Evansville’s West Side in Indiana.

Heller’s hire was recommended by the search team to Crossroads Christian Church elders. Elders unanimously accepted the recommendation.

Heller was on the staff of Crossroads from 1996 to 2002 as student ministries pastor and high school pastor.

He was executive pastor for 13 years at White River Christian Church in Noblesville, Indiana, where he was responsible for providing direction for executing the church’s vision, mission and strategy and developing leadership among the staff and congregation, according to a release from Crossroads.

Heller has a bachelor’s in specialized ministries from Kentucky Christian University and is near to completing his masters in Organizational Leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University.

“I am excited about rejoining the tri-state community. And I look forward to pursuing the collective vision among Evansville area church leaders to see the Tri-State be a place where everyone flourishes.”
– Phil Heller

Crossroads Christian Church announces new lead pastor
Evansville Courier & Press

Nicholas Sandmann’s family shocked the country when it filed an audacious $250 million lawsuit against the Washington Post for “engaging in a modern-day form of McCarthyism” in its coverage of the Covington Catholic High School controversy.

But this was just the latest in a series of lawsuits filed by Christian students this month that never made the headlines.

Earlier this month:
A college Republican at DePaul University filed a $4 million defamation lawsuit against Chicago Teachers Union over a local election dispute.

A week prior:
A federal court heard a case brought forth by Business Leaders in Christ – a Christian student group at the University of Iowa that was kicked off campus for requiring its leaders to hold Christian beliefs.

A similar lawsuit ensued at the University of Colorado after the school refused recognition of a Christian apologetics club.

Whether it’s Christian fellowships and symbols being banned on campuses, workshops designed to combat “Christian privilege,” courses on “queering” the Bible, or The New York Times’ recent effort to #exposeChristianschools, Christian students are increasingly made to feel ashamed for their deeply held beliefs, and many are taking legal action to defend their most fundamental rights in their schools.

Curriculum designed to portray Christianity as bigoted and intolerable gives liberal institutions the ability to take ideas that were mainstream just a few years ago and present them as absurd and radical ideas today. Forget the fact that America was founded on Judeo-Christian values, or that the majority of Americans identify as Christian – the ideas are simply no longer welcome.

The ruthless attack on the Covington boys was a warning message to students bold enough to disagree: This is what you will endure if you don’t fall in line with our worldview.

Covington lawsuit is necessary as Christian students across U.S. are persecuted for their beliefs:
Fox News

A board member for one of the largest Christian college associations in the country admits that there is “risk” associated with its recent push for legislation that would provide LGBT discrimination protections in exchange for religious exemptions for traditional Christian beliefs on sexuality.

Shirley Mullen, president of Houghton College in Western New York and vice chair of the board of directors for the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, defended the 180-school network’s support for the “Fairness for All” initiative during a lunch discussion with reporters Friday at the CCCU’s annual Presidents Conference on Capitol Hill.

Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU):
Higher education association of more than 180 Christian institutions around the world.
With campuses across the globe, including more than 150 in the U.S. and Canada and nearly 30 more from an additional 18 countries, CCCU institutions are accredited, comprehensive colleges and universities whose missions are Christ-centered and rooted in the historic Christian faith.
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CCCU vice chair admits there is ‘risk’ associated with its LGBT compromise:
The Christian Post