No Stone Left Unturned: Thoughts on Ravi Zacharias’s Mission

On May 19, Ravi Zacharias died at his home in Atlanta from a rare cancer known as sarcoma which was found as a malignant tumor on his sacrum. At his memorial, American Vice President, Mike Pence and baseballer, Tim Tebow both spoke of him with unqualified praise. In his speech, Pence repeated a statement issued by President Trump: “making the intellectual case for Christianity, Ravi Zacharias was instrumental in helping millions of people around the world come to know the love and mercy of Jesus Christ.”

A Remarkable Journey and Legacy

Zacharias was born in 1946 in Chennai, India but raised in New Delhi. In the 1960s he emigrated with his family to Canada. He was a dual citizen of Canada and the USA. His family were descendants of the highest caste of Hindu priests; however, they were converted to Christianity by missionaries. Despite this, throughout his youth, he was not deeply religious. When he was 17 years old, he attempted to take his life through ingesting poison. At the time, Zacharias suffered from some bouts of depression and existential angst. As a child he had aspirations of becoming a professional cricket or tennis player, but unfortunately, he lacked the talent to reach such levels. He was also a poor student, and this was met with corporal punishment from his father.  Nevertheless, before his suicide attempt, he had accepted Christ into his life but had become disfavoured by his father for doing so. These, among other circumstances, led to Zacharias’s attempt to take his own life.  On his death bed, he was visited by Fred David an American preacher who worked for Youth For Christ International. David read for Zacharias John 14:6, “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’”, and John 14:19, ‘Because I live, you also shall live.’ The latter defined and influenced the rest of his life.

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June 27: Bishop-Martyr Nykolai (Nicholas) Charnetsky and the Twenty-Seven Other New Blesseds of the Church of Rus’-Ukraine Beatified in 2001 (Eng/Ukr)

GREAT VESPERS Psalm Reading “Blessed is the man…” is sung. At Psalm 140 In Tone 6 Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord;* O Lord, hear my voice! Placing all your hope upon God,* you accepted the covenant of the Heavenly Teacher,* Who said: “Let not your hearts be troubled!”* Thus, having […]

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