Where does the name Ransom Fellowship come from?
From the beginning our goal was to help believers live and think Christianly in the world. Or, as we sometimes put it, to help them both read the Word and read the world. So, we wanted a name that resonated with both aspects, with both culture and Scripture.
The “Fellowship” part was easy, since we are committed to the notion that discernment is nurtured in community. We need one another’s gifts and callings to make sense of the world, and we need the Church to correctly hear God’s word.
We tried various names before we thought of “Ransom,” but once mentioned, it rang true. Ransom is a biblical term, since redemption includes the idea that we have been purchased from our slavery to evil and rebellion against God. “The Son of Man did not come to be served,” Matthew 20:28 says, for example, “but to give his life as a ransom for many.” And, Ransom is also the name of the main character in C. S. Lewis’ remarkable science fiction trilogy. Those three novels—Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, & That Hideous Strength—deeply affected us, and provided the link to culture we were seeking in a name.