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July 31, 2010

Session 6 | Day 7b

Session 6 | Day 7b

Let me think…where to start… It’s Saturday, July 31 and we’re wrapping up our first week here at Summit. All of the speakers have been fantastic! God has taught me so much through their words of wisdom and instruction. Some of my personal favorites have been Dr. Adams, Dr. Myers, Dr. Linden, and (of course) Dr. Noebel. I’ve grown up…

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July 31, 2010

Session 6 | Day 7a
Sacrifice Worth Giving

Session 6 | Day 7a

It’s hard to know where to start with this blog post. To be honest, I didn’t think about it until ten minutes before I had to do it. Then I remembered, “Oh, yeah, I signed up to blog about Summit…maybe I should go do that before lights out.? So here I am, sitting on a couch with various students scattered across the room—some playing cards, some sitting and talking, others playing chess, even a guy with a “Porch Closed? sign on his chest—typing on a Mac computer, attempting to gather my thoughts. Some use the analogy of trying to drink out of a fire hydrant to describe the Summit experience. I’d say that analogy falls quite short of the real experience. At any given moment, there will be so many thoughts buzzing through your brain that to attempt to catch one and examine it takes super-human speed and agility.

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July 30, 2010

Session 6 | Day 6b

Session 6 | Day 6b

Dear parents, siblings, friends, and supporters of Summit’s students and staff, Today started off quite well with our lovely wake-up call, the hurried bustle of room cleaning, and a delicious breakfast prepared by the morning kitchen crew. You want to know what we ate? Of course, you do. It was waffles… and french toast… and sausage… Yeah, at Summit, we…

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July 30, 2010

Session 6 | Day 6a

Session 6 | Day 6a

Nothing could have prepared me for what I have experienced here at Summit. There is no way I could have expected how quickly deep-rooted friendships would sprout between total strangers or how subjects like economics and politics could suddenly hold a new interest in my eyes. Never before have these subjects proved to be applicable to my life, and yet…

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July 29, 2010

Session 6 | Day 5b

Session 6 | Day 5b

Okay, I’m not your typical writer; I was actually dragged into this, kicking and screaming, by my friend who sits next to me during lecture. But here goes! The dinner tonight was excellent; it consisted of grilled chicken, broccoli, and salad—very yummy. After dinner, we had the open forum with Dr. Jeff Myers, which gave us the opportunity to ask…

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July 29, 2010

Session 6 | Day 5a

Session 6 | Day 5a

Hey y’all! That’s right, I live in the South! Memphis to be exact . . . no, I’ve never met Elvis, and no, I do not eat BBQ every single day. Well, this is my second year coming to Summit in beautiful, scenic, hippie-infested Manitou Springs, Colorado. I attended last year’s Session 5, completely clueless as to what this supposed “academic camp? would be like. Having never really been a great fan of schoolwork, I was wary that the two weeks would just be an exhausting whirlwind of boring lectures with brief hiatuses once or twice a day to choke down a breadcrumb or a small serving of porridge.

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July 28, 2010

Session 6 | Day 4b

Session 6 | Day 4b

If you’ve seen the trailer for or the movie Inception, or even just heard about it, you’ve probably thought that the premise of the movie could only take place in a world of fantasy. Artificially replicating true inspiration to plant an idea, something that will define them, into someone’s mind, seems far fetched to most of us. Tonight, however, I,…

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July 28, 2010

Session 6 | Day 4a

Session 6 | Day 4a

A Typical Day at Summit (and what you can expect should you decide to attend) 6:00am I decided to get up early to run up Red Mountain, which is just steps behind the hotel. So, I run about halfway up until the elevation catches up to me, and I have to walk the rest of the way. But it’s going…

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July 27, 2010

Session 6 | Day 3

Session 6 | Day 3

I think the thing I am realizing the most at Summit is that I am not nearly as much of a stud as I thought I was. I mean, I tend to think that I am fairly informed, intelligent, loving, and passionate. But Summit has been a huge humbling experience Let me explain. I understand, basically, what a worldview is. However, I have never actually gone through some of the individual elements (politics, economics, law, etc.) and said, “What is the truth in this specific area? And are there other views besides the two extremes that could perhaps be options for belief?? For example, I’m not completely convinced that God is a capitalist. I mean, obviously He’s not for giving people things they’ve never earned, and therefore He cannot be a socialist. But the thing about complete capitalism is that if something happens to you—well, sorry, that’s too bad. You are all by yourself. Plus, capitalism is all about the self; God is about the other.

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July 26, 2010

Session 6 | Day 2

Session 6 | Day 2

Greetings, people who read blogs! I’m your friendly neighborhood nerd, Julia Perry! I hail from Tennessee, in a town that no one here has heard of. I like sketching, hiking up mountains, and animals (I have many!). But enough about me. Time to talk about the awesomeness that is Summit in Manitou Springs, Colorado! Wahoo! As the biggest session this…

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July 22, 2010

Session 5 | Day 12

Session 5 | Day 12

Summit was a blessing! Two weeks here was enough to not only mature me in just about every way possible, but also to change things about myself, my life, and my educational view on the world. I’ve grown and learned more in these two weeks than years in public school. As a Christian, I thought I had all the answers…

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July 20, 2010

Session 5 | Day 10

Session 5 | Day 10

The way I would describe Summit is nothing less than life changing! It has exceeded all of my academic expectations and left me humbled by the complexity of the world around me. Summit itself, though, is not only a place of learning but also a place wholly dedicated to the student as an individual. Everyone here is willing to stand…

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July 17, 2010

Session 5 | Day 7b

Session 5 | Day 7b

It’s late on Saturday night (almost 11PM), and most of us have a very early morning tomorrow—the 5:15AM type of early. Students will either hike Pike’s Peak or go white-water rafting with Noah’s Ark Rafting Company. Taking into account the incredible and exhausting day that all of us have had, this blog entry could get quite interesting. ☺ We started the day hearing from Dr. Bob Linden who spoke about Christian leadership. His message was captivating and relevant. The main question he asked this morning was, “Is God in control?? I was then challenged to take that into consideration in how I live out my life. If we choose to believe that God is in control (which He is), this can affect our attitudes and how we live out our lives.

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July 17, 2010

Session 5 | Day 7a

Session 5 | Day 7a

All people have secrets, dark things that will not come out, except by a powerful outside influence. Even though life goes on, collecting all souls in its flow, past actions still have the power to influence the present and future. At Summit today, after enjoying God’s beautiful creation for several hours, we students hurried to shower in preparation for the next lecture. Mike Haley’s talk was on a generally taboo subject: homosexuality. This “lecture? exposed what the gay agenda is and how it has been implemented in society. Furthermore, Mr. Haley gave his testimony. He was a gay man for 12 years who believed that he was born gay, a lie presented to him by a high school counselor. Through the persistent love of his counselor, his family, and God, Mr. Haley came to disbelieve the notion that gays can’t change. Through God’s love and the loving actions of the church, he was greatly encouraged in his struggle to change his orientation and lifestyle. In his words, “The ground is level at the cross.?

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July 15, 2010

Session 5 | Day 5

Session 5 | Day 5

“We have not only been saved from something but for something and to something!? This is just one of the many things that have been said to us over the past five days here at Summit. It is my second time being here, and I’m so glad to be back! While rising early does not encourage our alertness, the excellent speakers that have so graciously come to teach us, challenge us, and share God’s love with us certainly do! On the first day Dr. Noebel warned us students: “By the time we are finished with our two weeks here, your brains will probably feel like exploding and melting out your ears!? While that didn’t sound very comforting, somehow we all knew it would be a good thing. We were right! Many good speakers have already spent time with us: John Stonestreet, Dr. Mike Adams, Ryan Dobson, Dr. Del Tackett, Chuck Edwards, Pat Edwards on abortion, and of course Dr. Noebel (the beloved founder of Summit Ministries). This morning, Kevin Bywater (the director at Summit Oxford Study in England) spoke with us. He shared his knowledge on how to reach Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses in loving and respectful ways. A former Mormon himself, he has so many good thoughts on how they think and how to show God’s love with them.

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