Short Vacation

I will be taking a short vacation and will return Monday May 8th. I have set my blog to repost my series on the T.U.L.I.P. that I posted back in 2014 beginning this evening finishing on Sunday the 7th. Enjoy! Where I will be does not support internet access very well so I may or may not be able to respond to comments until I return so I am disabling comments for all posts until then.

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Christian Research Network

In 2007 Ken Silva invited me to part of the team at CRN (Christian Research Network). It was hard work for awhile. Several of us had to grow up fast because that was right in the middle of the Purpose Driven and Emergent Church takeover of Evangelicalism. There were untold casualties during that time, but God is good and He preserved us.  However, Ken went home to be with the Lord a few years ago and a few of us have simply kept posting at CRN as our ministries have continued.

I got an email today from Marsha West the new owner of CRN. She has already been functioning as the managing editor for us for quite some time and I really appreciate her. Here is a link to our new “About page.

New Domain Name!

When I first began this ministry I started with a website ( then after a several months I got my own domain name for that site. After several more months I added a blog at I kept both of those sites running for a couple of years then just before I came onboard the CRN team in 2007 I moved everything to this site Right from the getgo I realized how hard it was to maintain all three sites so I phased out my support of my site, but still kept some things over at my original website. I always had a dream of moving my domain name that I owned over to this WordPress blog however. Last night I did just that. I have emptied out all content from both the site and my old website and now if you put “” in your browser, you will be redirected here to For most of you this probably means little to nothing, but for me I can now tell people at church how to find my site much easier than before. 🙂 To God be glory!

The Death of a Dear Friend

It is with a heavy heart that I must share news with all of you that I received earlier this evening. I received an email from one of our leaders at Christian Research Network to call a phone number. The message simply stated that it was about Ken. I called the number and was told that our leader, Ken Silva had died, probably yesterday evening. He was found this morning. I am devastated and am grieving. Ken and Jim Bublitz were instrumental in getting me started in this ministry now they are both with the Lord. He will be missed. I have no details about a funeral or anything like that. Please be in prayer for his family and for CRN and the CRN family. – Mike Ratliff

silva memorial

Christ and Him Crucified

My brethren, my dear friend Jon Cardwell is launching a pretty big free promotion for Christ and Him Crucified at the end of this month, September 30th through October 1st. If you don’t already have a copy, You can check the book out by CLICKING HERE.

If you know anyone who would be interested in getting a free copy of the book when it is made available during its two free days, please let them know. 

A note from Jon, “If you already have a copy of the book, I sure would appreciate an honest review on It doesn’t have to be elaborate. A couple of sentences will do. I welcome any constructive criticism of my writing as sales of my books help to supplement my income so I may continue to serve in the ministry. (You’ve probably noticed that the cover art has been changed– please let me know what you think of the new cover). Thank you so much.”


  • There will be an Advanced Reader’s Copy (ARC) giveaway for my upcoming book,The Simple Gospel.
  • Book review of Miles McKee’s And That’s the Gospe Truth!
  • Book reviews of Jeff Johnson’s The Kingdom of God and The Chruch: Why Bother?

May the Lord continue to bless and keep you.

John Robbins: Christian Government Versus Libertarianism

I am going to be on vacation for the next several days. I will be able to get email and moderate comments, but not write or post until I get back. In the meantime I would like to post a very interesting article from my friend Charlie Ray’s blog, Reasonable Christian. The post I think you will find interesting is John Robbins: Christian Government Versus Libertarianism. Some of my friends believe that the United States was never a Christian Nation  while others differ. While we can discuss that, think of how our current Government in the USA is most certainly doing all it can to deny religious freedom to Christians specifically. In any case, I look forward to the discussion. – Mike Ratliff

Battling Breast Cancer

Jodi, the wife of my friend Jason McClaren, a Seminary student in OKC underwent surgery for breast cancer in April. They have a fund raising site set up to help offset the cost of that. If you would like to help them. Go here.

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I am out of town on business through August 30th. I have internet access, but I will not have any time to write or post and very little time to keep up with comments and email. Your prayers and patience are greatly appreciated. – Mike Ratliff

Mays Family Adoption Fund

The Adoption was made legal today (8-14-2013)

The Adoption was made legal today (8-14-2013)

As many of you know, I have a grandson named Calvin. Over the last couple of years my daughter Misti and son-in-law Brian have been working at adopting a second child. It is pretty expensive. This January they were notified by the adoption agency in OKC they were going through that there was a baby boy available for them. A few days later they took him home. However, there have been a large number unforeseen legal battles with this adoption since he is Native American (as am I). In any case, my daughter and son-in-law have set up a fund-raiser site to help pay for both the adoption costs and the very expensive legal fees it has taken to finalize the adoption, which is rapidly approaching. Go here to see the details. I pray that God will lead you to help.

My Nephew is Out of Surgery

Here is the latest update relayed to us:

“Travis is out of surgery, and seems to be doing well. He is in recovery and slowly waking up – most likely the result of the extra medicine that was administered during the surgery. The surgeon described the operation as “challenging” because the tumor had grown about 25% larger since the MRI in Corpus 12 days ago. Dr. Lang felt very confident that he was able to remove almost all of the tumor, but felt certain that individual tumor cells remain.The encouraging news is that Dr. Lang was able to administer the Delta 24 virus at the dosage level that has proven most effective to date. It is likely that Travis will undergo both radiation and chemotherapy to target any remaining tumor cells. Travis will spend some time in ICU and will have a post-op MRI tomorrow to verify the preliminary results from today.
Prayer requests:
1. Travis will continue to wake up and recover full consciousness.
2. Peace for Jennifer (Travis’ wife), family and friends as they absorb and deal with the situation.
3. That the Delta 24 will work as it has shown to do and will provide the CURE for which we all hope and pray.
4. For Jacob (Travis and Jennifer’s oldest son) as he balances starting school with the stress and changes at home.
5. For Connell (Travis and Jennifer’s youngest son) that he will continue to be happy and a source of joy for the rest of the family.”
Please continue to lift them up in prayer my brethren.
Soli Deo Gloria!

An Update on my Nephew

My brother-in-law, Travis’ dad, contacted us just a few minutes ago about what will happen tomorrow. Travis will check in to the hospital at 5:15 tomorrow morning, Tuesday August 28.  My sister and my brother-in-law will be there at 5:00 am so they can see him before he goes in.  They want everyone to know how much they appreciate your prayers for him, their family and for the doctors tomorrow.  It’s estimated that the surgery will begin around 5:30 am and will last about six hours.  So we hope to know something around noon tomorrow as to how the surgeon thinks the surgery went.  My brother-in-law said that he would send out information as he got it.


The tumor is the white spot in front of the place that looks like a cavity. They have to remove that part of the brain that is in front of it in order to get to the tumor.