Eric Chabot Ministry Update
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Greetings from Columbus, Ohio!
We are so happy to have another year where we have barely had what we call a ‘true’ winter!
The Ohio State University: Resurrection Debate
So much has transpired over the last couple of months. On February 26, 2017, we co-hosted an event on The Ohio State campus called “Resurrection or Reimagined? Two Professors Discuss the Plausibility of the Resurrection of Jesus.” This was a discussion between my friend Dr. Michael Licona (associate professor of theology at Houston Baptist University and president of Risen Jesus) and Dr. Larry Shapiro (professor of philosophy at the University of Wisconsin – Madison). Dr. Licona has published extensively on the resurrection of Jesus. His book, The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach, set the bar in scholarship. Dr. Shapiro has published a book called The Miracle Myth: Why Belief in the Resurrection and the Supernatural is Unjustified.
I should mention that Dr. Shapiro comes from a secular Jewish background. Thus, while he is culturally Jewish, he doesn’t believe in the existence of God. The event went very well and we had close to 1,000 students in attendance. Before the event, I met with
our ministry students to prepare them for the evening’s discussion. They, too, recognize the importance of hosting these types of events. One Jewish student who attended happens to be a new follower of Jesus. He told me he was greatly encouraged in his newfound faith. You can watch the event online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3I7OdTrQPY.
Weekly Outreach and Apologetic Meetings
Our weekly outreach and apologetic training meetings on campus have been going very well. The attendance has been the highest it has ever been. We have done topics such as Judaism and Messianic Prophecy. We have been working with a local congregation on campus and have been blessed to see them send their students to our meetings. We even had one student do a two-week teaching on Islam which led to some Muslims coming to the meeting and offering both feedback and pushback. I was happy to see students from both sides hear differing viewpoints.
Outreach on The Ohio State University campus
Because the weather has been so inconsistent here, we have had the opportunity to be outside at various times during the last couple of months. Once again, we have had several spiritual discussions with a wide variety of people.
I would like to ask for prayer for a Jewish student. He has recently said he does think that Jesus is the Messiah but he still needs a strong community and support system. Please pray that he gets grounded in his faith and that he fully follows Jesus.
I had mentioned in a previous update letter that we have some new resources coming to equip you in sharing your faith with Jewish people. We are getting closer to having some of these resources completed.
As we get close to finishing another term at Ohio State, I say without hesitation that this has been an excellent year. God has blessed us in so many ways and we see so many exciting things happening. We see new students interested in our ministry here and we have been blessed in our outreach and apologetic events.
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