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July 14, 2010

Session 5 | Day 4

Session 5 | Day 4

Summit, it’s an adventure. Yes, an adventure not unlike mountain climbing or bungie jumping, but at Summit, it’s a different kind of adventure. It’s an adventure of the world! So far I’ve learned that there are six world views that will help me define and understand the issues and ideas in this world, to discover and conquer the ideas that are shaping my world today. Not only do I get to venture out into the world through these views on the world, but I get to meet people…now that’s an adventure! When you can’t remember everyone’s names that you have met in one day, well I’m pretty sure that means you’ve participated in an adventure. And an amazing one! Crawling out of your shell, rooming with people you don’t know anything about, sitting with people that you have never met in your life, yeah, I’d say that qualifies. For example, I got to go to a place named Rainbow Falls today. It's exactly what the name suggests: it's colorful. But not in the usual, pure, “rainbow promise? sense; it's all graffiti. We painted over all the graffiti we could reach and my eyes were opened to something a South Dakota girl never gets to see: graffiti so thick and colorful that it’s considered a rainbow, not to mention so thick with colorful language that it could make you sick. It’s a life changer, a view definer.

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July 13, 2010

Session 5 | Day 3

Session 5 | Day 3

It’s been three days since my plane touched down in Colorado, and what an incredible 3 days it has been! After surviving my first full day of lectures, I started this morning energetic and ready to tackle any worldview or question presented to me. Starting our day, Dr. Noebel provided us with our daily scripture verse, Proverbs 23:12: “Apply thine heart unto instruction and thine ears to the words of knowledge.? He encouraged us to keep an open mind and ask the right questions, as we would be presented with our first worldview. But before that Dr. James Dobson’s son, Ryan Dobson from Focus of the Family, came to teach us the difference between a conversation and a debate. He encouraged us to speak the truth in kindness, and in his words, “to be a Christian conservative, not a jerk!? By sharing his own personal experiences, he really connected with us students. During many of his stories, I literally had tears in my eyes from laughing so hard. After Ryan Dobson, we finally were introduced to our first worldview: postmodernism. Using pop culture, John Stonestreet outlined 12 basic tenets of postmodernism and showed how they had infiltrated our culture’s movies, music, and even architecture. One of the most interesting topics we discussed so far this week was when the topic of relativism and the Bible came up in class. Unlike postmodernists, who believe in individual relativism and no moral absolutes, Professor Stonestreet encouraged us to read the Bible with the “big story? in mind and not read verses out of context. In the open forum, where students could openly ask questions, Professor Stonestreet shared several instances where “churches? have pulled verses out of context to provide “comfort? when in fact they are missing the entire point of the verse. A controversial and emotional subject for many, it stretched my mind and forced me to re-evaluate the way I viewed daily devotions and the way I read my Bible.

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July 12, 2010

Session 5 | Day 2b

Session 5 | Day 2b

I woke up at 6:10am Colorado time, 8:10 Maryland (my) time, and I was determined to run on this beautiful cool morning. My roommate and I set out with high expectations for our long run. About half way through, I realized I was not able to breathe anymore and asked if we could walk. My body was not used to this high Colorado altitude, yet as my roommate and I talked on our “walk of shame? back to the hotel, we came to the conclusion that if we ran like this every day we were in Colorado by the end our endurance would improve. In other words, if we chose to persevere out of our element, we would grow.

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July 12, 2010

Session 5 | Day 2a

Session 5 | Day 2a

Evening ya’ll. It’s Monday night, and we’re wrapping up our second day at Summit. We spent most of the morning in lecture. And before I send future Summit students running in terror, lecture is not terrible. Far from it. Think of the best college professor or high school teacher you’ve ever had – the funniest, the most challenging, the most…

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July 09, 2010

Session 4 | Day 12b

Session 4 | Day 12b

When I first arrived at Summit, another student told me that the two weeks here would “fly by.? I didn’t believe him. But now I know what he meant. All of the lectures, meals, fun activities, and crazy roommate moments are all blurred together into one big collage of memories. Today we heard our last lecture of the session, given by Kevin Bywater. The focus of the lecture was the accurate historical dating of the gospels and how secular scholars may have skewed this dating process for their own purposes. I especially loved this lecture because, after two weeks of going through curriculum on worldviews, corruption on college campuses, and many other deep topics, studying the Bible for an entire class was refreshing.

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July 09, 2010

Session 4 | Day 12a

Session 4 | Day 12a

Today, the Summit students of Session 4, 2010 are sent off from the training grounds of Manitou Springs (home of the hippies) into what Judson Alphin reluctantly refers to as “the real world.? As I write, the Summit graduates mill about in the lobby and the hallways, their studies completed and their hearts lightened by ice cream, enjoying the last hurrah of Summit festivities. It’s been a good day; a day of personal challenge and exhortation to cap off two weeks of tough intellectual conditioning.

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July 07, 2010

Session 4 | Day 11b

I can't believe our time here is almost over. Personally, I was counting down the days till my sister and I would leave for more than a month before hand. When it actually arrived, I was so excited I could have crawled out of my skin. Turns out I had good reason. During our stay here in this endearing old…

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July 07, 2010

Session 4 | Day 11a

Session 4 | Day 11a

My time at Summit will soon be drawing to a close. I’m starting to realize how much I’ll miss my friends here but also how I’ll soon be reunited with my family at home. My experience at Summit has been a blessing that has edified my mind. I’ve learned about femininity from a biblical worldview. I’ve been encouraged by my…

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July 06, 2010

Session 4 | Day 10b

Session 4 | Day 10b

What a wonderful time we all have had here at Summit. One week in, and we’ve already learned so much that the relaxing weekend was thoroughly welcomed. Although we are virtually bombarded with information on the issues affecting most students on college campuses across the country, we have also had free time and sports time.

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July 06, 2010

Session 4 | Day 10a

Session 4 | Day 10a

There are only a few days left of Summit, and it makes me sad! I have learned so much from all the different speakers. It has really helped me grow as a Christian and as a person. Sports time is also a lot of fun. While many people play speed volleyball, I either take a nap or work on stuff…

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July 05, 2010

Session 4 | Day 9

Session 4 | Day 9

Greetings from Summit in Manitou Springs! After a good long break yesterday followed by fireworks, brownies, and ice cream, we settled down for some awesome and inspiring lectures this morning. Following the pledges and “Amazing Grace,? Chuck Edwards took the stage.

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July 04, 2010

Session 4 | Day 8b

Session 4 | Day 8b

Howdy! Yes, I am from Texas. Of course, Happy Independence Day to you wherever you may be, although it is nearly over and done. You can be sure that this special day has been celebrated justly and thoroughly by people who truly understand its significance. I know that here at Summit all our hearts were filled with poignant gratitude as…

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July 04, 2010

Session 4 | Day 8a

Session 4 | Day 8a

So far the only way I can sum up my experience at Summit is this: life changing. Understand I mean that with full honesty, even though it may cliché the emotional stir of the moment. Since entering Summit, I have been introduced to some of the finest Christian speakers in America who not only have a passion for the subjects…

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July 03, 2010

Session 4 | Day 7

Session 4 | Day 7

Summit has been awesome so far. There are a lot of really cool people here that really have a desire for knowledge, which makes the atmosphere very conducive to learning. The staff is great, and the food they make is even better. Let me tell you about what goes on here during the day so you can get a feel…

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July 02, 2010

Session 4 | Day 6b

Session 4 | Day 6b

I had the privilege of listening to Dr. Michael Bauman speak on “The Meaning of Meaning,? “The Problem of Pain,? and “The Dangerous Samaritans.? There are so many great words that can be said about Dr. Bauman. Suffice it to say that he is an amazing Christian, speaker, and thinker. I also had the opportunity to hear Dr. Chuck Edwards speak again. His “A Postmodern Bible Study? was very eye-opening. One example that stands out was when he asked everyone about the meaning of words, using the word “wound? as an example. Depending on the context, this word can mean completely different things. It may mean a non-fatal injury, or it could be used in the context of winding something up. Words have meaning, but their meaning always has to be discovered through the context in which they are used.

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