My fond memories of ministry partnership with Ravi go back more than three decades. Some of the earliest go back to Veritas Forums on university campuses where we did tandem presentations. My part was to present compelling scientific evidence for the God of the Bible, and then Ravi would follow with an exquisite articulation of the philosophical and theological implications of this evidence. His eloquence always amazed me, and still does. He could turn a phrase in such a way that listeners even years later would readily recall both his words and their impact.
I especially admire the way God used Ravi to instill confident hope. While some people in his audience may have failed to recognize, at first, their need for hope, eventually they found themselves in desperate need of it, and Ravi’s message would come back to mind and take root. What joy and inspiration have come from watching RZIM grow and flourish as a powerhouse for the advance of Christ’s kingdom—“helping believers think, and helping thinkers believe!” My colleagues at Reasons to Believe join me in upholding Ravi’s family and his ministry family in prayer as they walk through this valley of shadow. May Ravi, even in death, continue to bring many to faith in our Savior through his timeless, profound words and his life example of gracious, Christlike demeanor.