Vinoth Ramachandra

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Vinoth Ramachandra

Vinoth Ramachandra was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where he also had his secondary schooling. He holds both bachelors and doctoral degrees in nuclear engineering from the University of London. Instead of pursuing an academic career, he returned to Sri Lanka in 1980 and helped to develop a Christian university ministry in that country. In 1987 he was invited to serve as the South Asian Regional Secretary for the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES), a post he held until 2001.

He currently serves on the IFES Senior Leadership Team as Secretary for Dialogue & Social Engagement. His multi-faceted ministry includes promoting the vision among students and professors of a holistic engagement with the university; giving public lectures and participating in dialogue events in universities; and helping Christian students and graduates think and respond as Christians to some of the social, cultural and political challenges they face in their national contexts throughout the world.

Vinoth lives in Sri Lanka with his Danish wife, Karin, whom he married in 1998. She is a trained counselor and also a Bible teacher. They often travel and minster together at student and graduate conferences. Vinoth has also been involved for many years with the Civil Rights Movement in Sri Lanka, as well as with the global Micah Network and A Rocha (a world-wide biodiversity conservation organization). He is the author of several essays, articles and books including The Message of Mission (2003), Subverting Global Myths: Theology and the Public Issues that Shape Our World (2008) and Church and Mission in the New Asia (2009).

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I did glimpse through your book Global Myths-in fact all your books reveal how you dare to think out of the box/the mundane. God has Blessed you for all of us too.
Sathish

I have been recommending the Subverting Global Myths book to almost everyone I know :-) Thanks.

It is a opportunity to get to know different views. Now we ( Sri lankan ) are talking about slumdog justice. and about your blog.

Gerard

Great to see you blogging! Thanks for what you’ve written and I look forward to seeing future posts.
I’ve added a link from my blog
Mark

Great to meet you here. And I hope to catch up During your visit to New Delhi Aug 09

Dear Sir

Condolences on your loss. I was glad to be part of your sharing at NUS on tues, and am wondering whether you would object if i emailed you some thoughts and questions on what you had shared if you somehow had time….

Hope u had a safe trip back.
Daryl

I am a student at Fuller Theological Seminary in the “Global Leadership” degree program and we have read a couple of your books. Your work is extremely helpful and I appreciate your thoughtfulness to some of the most challenging questions of our day. I live in Los Angeles and have been helped by your discussions on uncritically used words like tolerance, secular, and conversion.

Thanks!

[...] at an InterVarsity conference on ‘Following Christ’, Vinoth Ramachandra says [...]

Dear Vinoth,
it is so nice to read about your brief introduction I would be interested in having the book tittled ‘Theology and public issue that shape our world 2008
thanks
shadrach

I love those who aren’t afraid of exploring the connection between the mind and the soul. Your writings move me intellectually which leads me spiritually.

David
http://www.redletterbelievers.com
“Salt and Light”

Subverting Global Myths is a very important book and essential for those who want to peel back the layers the popular press insist we read, as well as sharpen our theological mind towards mission in a world fraught with contradictions and injustice. Thank you for your work.

Keep the faith Vinoth.

Dear Vinoth,
This is Josué emailing you from Latin America. My wife and I serve in the IFES sister movement in Ecuador (CECE). I have listened your lectures delivered in Malaysia for the IFES International Meeting about engaging the University, I have a couple of questions I would like to ask you. May I have your email so we can talk about it? Thanks.
Josué

[...] Dr Ramachandra lives in Sri Lanka with his Danish wife, Karin, whom he married in 1998. She is a trained counsellor and Bible teacher. Dr Ramachandra has been involved for many years with the Civil Rights Movement in Sri Lanka, as well as with the global Micah Network and A Rocha (a world-wide biodiversity conservation organization). He is the author of several essays and books of which the most recent is Subverting Global Myths: Theology and the Public Issues that Shape Our World (2008). (Source, HERE) [...]

Dear Vinoth,

Your book ‘Gods That Fail’ has taught me so many things. I would rate the book as one of those books that helped me much in my Christian journey. May your tribe increase!

Dear Mr. Ramachandra

We met few months ago, at Korean IFES (IVF) center in Seoul, where I asked you some personal questions. Recently a staff working for IVF let me know that you were actually trying to reach me! What a pleasant surprise :)
So I came to visit your blog but here I don’t see your e-mail address. It would be very grateful if you’d e-mail me at i_withme@hanmail.net.

Sincerely,
Y. Kim

I just like the helpful information you provide in your articles. I’ll bookmark your weblog and check once more right here regularly. I am moderately sure I’ll be told lots of new stuff right right here! Good luck for the next!

Merry Christmas, Vinoth & Karin & blessings all year!

Guy & Brenda

Dr Vinoth Ramachandra,

It’s a pleasure to have discovered you. My name is Marlon Meira, I am an evangelical christian theology and history major from Brazil. I am interested in Integral Mission (the theology university I go to specializes in Integral Mission Theology), as well as christian ethics.

I’ve had the opportunity to read only two of your articles, Nuclear déjà vu and States of Terror, and that’s why I say it’s a pleasure to have discovered you. A couple of years ago I decided that, as a commited christian, I wasns’t anymore going to be ignorant about Middle East history and current affairs. I have been writing on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict from a christian standpoint, and I was deeply glad to have read States of Terror about an hour ago. Also, as an honest christian, I can’t turn a blind eye to US and EU war crimes against humanity, so on January 23 I wrote an article called Terrorist attack against Iran, where I expose my indignation towards the embargo, and my position is similar to yours when you say it’s the common people who suffer the most.

I just hope you find some time to read this personal and informal commentary and wish to see you in Brazil sometime soon.

I plan to read more of your articles in the next couple of months. I feel God has introduced you to me through your writings. Hence I pray for your ministry and that God will continue to bless you and your family.

The (history) university I go to has weekly IFES meetings, but unfortunately they take place in the morning, when I’m at work.

Although my website is in Portuguese only, here’s the address, if you’d like to check it out sometime: http://marlonmeira.com/.

Well, thank you for your time and writings. God bless.

Sincerely yours, Marlon Meira.

Hello Vinoth, I would like to keep in touch with you and discuss matters relating to the western church in the 21st century. I met with you briefly Almost 10 years ago at a seminar held at the consortium of theological collages in Colombo, where I gave a brief talk on the emergence of the church where you were present. I am now a minister/lecturer in Melbourne.

Hello Vinoth, I would like to keep in touch with you and discuss matters relating to the church in a materialistic society. I met with you briefly Almost 10 years ago at a seminar held at the consortium of theological collages in Colombo, where I gave a brief talk on the emergence of the church where you were present. I am now a minister/lecturer in Melbourne.

[...] I was a Christian, but towards the end of my studies I went to a GBU conference where I heard Vinoth Ramachandra, an Indian staff worker from IFES, speak. He talked about the game of marbles. Sometimes we try to [...]

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[...] Vinoth Ramachandra (Christian lecturer and author): War, poverty and ecological degradation often go hand in hand. We have to deal with them together. [...]

É interessante conhecer a história do Sri Lanka, bem como o de suas etnias. O texto foi elucidativo a ponto de nos fazer compreender os principais aspectos históricos envolvidos no atual conflito que atualmente aflige o norte do país..

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[…] spent my last couple of posts exploring an important lecture by Vinoth Ramachandra. We’ve already had a brief look at the world of the university. Now, let’s ask what it […]

[…] time to wrap up my survey of Vinoth Ramachandra’s lecture, ‘Engaging the university’. Ramachandra concludes by presenting a vision for […]

[…] Since then, I haven’t heard from him. Yet, with all that said, I continued to follow TGC’s desire to distribute their theological resources to other parts of the world. Then it happened – I actually saw the title of this project – “Theological Famine Relief.” I was again frustrated and disheartened. I asked a few friends and colleagues about their impression of this project and the disconcerting use of the word “Famine” and was led to a blog post entitled, “Reformed Amnesia” by Vinoth Ramachandra. […]

Greetings to you, and to Karin. Please tell her I met up with Athang Touthang in Perth this year – he was in the Humanities school in Pune – she may remember him! Blessings as you follow the King!

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