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August 31, 2010

Session 8 | Day 10

Session 8 | Day 10

Well, week 2 of Summit Session 8 is starting to fly by! It’s Tuesday, and it feels like we’ve all been here for somewhere between a few hours and a month. After dinner tonight we all gathered in the classroom for worship. One of my lovely friends, Devon, played the flute, as staff members played piano, violin, and guitar, while…

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August 30, 2010

Session 8 | Day 9

Session 8 | Day 9

Hey ya’ll! My name is Devon and I am from Florida, the great sunshine state! I’m sooooo glad I had the opportunity to come to Summit. God has shown me so much during my time here. He’s showed me how to defend my Christian worldview, as well as how it is so important for churches and Christians to be involved in politics, which I’m going to study in college. This morning we had the pleasure of listening to Del Tackett. A couple of the topics we talked about were: What was this nation founded upon? (For those who don’t know, it was Christianity and morality…which gives us freedom, liberty, and a free republic.) If you know what those are, then you probably know that we do not stand on those beliefs anymore. He also shared with us that “if there is no larger story, then ‘our’ stories are all that exist ,and if there is no larger story, then our story has no value.? Also it is important for us to remember the past; if we don’t, we are doomed to repeat it.

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August 29, 2010

Session 8 | Day 8b

Session 8 | Day 8b

1 Corinthians 9:24-27 “Do you not know that all those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body that and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.? If mountain climbing were considered a sport in Biblical times by anyone other than Moses, then I am fairly sure Paul would have added a few paragraphs on it right after talking about running in a race.

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August 29, 2010

Session 8 | Day 8a

Session 8 | Day 8a

One week down here at Summit and WOW! Where to start? This past week has been better than I could have ever imagined. Every day is completely different, and I have learned so much. As excited as I had been to come to here, I could not have hoped that this week would have been so great. One week ago,…

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August 28, 2010

Session 8 | Day 7

Session 8 | Day 7

I’m really happy that I signed up to write the Summit blog today because I have the special privilege of writing on “Middle Saturday.? Why is that a privilege? Because I know enough about Summit to tell people what it’s like, but I don’t yet have the superiority complex that I’m sure I’ll have by the end of Week 2. So here’s the thing about Summit: it’s not what I expected. And that’s a good thing, for two main reasons. First, I love Summit because I disagree with the lecturers with relative frequency. I envisioned myself at Summit taking frantic notes on speakers that spouted off answers to questions I’d always wondered about. But—fortunately—that’s not what I found here. Disagreeing with the lecturers has taught me to think, to make up my own mind on an issue, and to be able to articulate why I believe what I think. That’s so much better than just getting answers to a few questions. The second astonishingly awesome and completely unsought facet of Summit is the effect of being immersed in a Christian environment. Being able to have a conversation about theology with anyone at the drop of a hat…learning that others share my “growing up Christian? experiences…meeting person after person with character (and not a few people that are characters!)…it’s impossible to discount this aspect of Summit. I’m having the time of my life—and this is just the first week!

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August 27, 2010

Session 8 | Day 6

Session 8 | Day 6

My experience at Summit thus far has been incredible. A lot of the topics that have been brought up here I would have never have heard about. The speakers are great. My two favorite speakers so far are John Stonestreet and Jeff Myers. Both speakers are truly anointed by God, and I am so inspired by them to be like them. I want to be a learner, and I want to be a leader. This conference or “camp? has actually forced me to think, which is a good thing. If I had stayed at home, I would’ve been sitting down, probably doing pointless things on my computer or watching silly shows on the television. While at Summit, I have been able to sort some ideas and questions out in my head, get some questions answered, and learn a lot about other worldviews and ideas. I do not regret whatsoever coming to Summit. The best thing a parent could do for his or her children is to send them to Summit. They will learn things that will affect them in a good way--not only for the present, but also for the future. In addition, the things they learn at Summit will not only influence them, but will also affect the people they come in contact with. On top of that, the people that were affected by the other people will affect the people that those people come in contact with as well because IDEAS HAVE CONSEQUENCES. This could potentially change the world.

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August 25, 2010

Session 8 | Day 4

Session 8 | Day 4

Today is Wednesday, August 25, 2010. After eating breakfast, our sessions began with the recitation of our customary pledges to the American and Christian flags. We then sang the first verse of Amazing Grace before the speakers for the day commenced their presentations. First, Dr. Noebel gave a lecture on the importance of Bible Study. At the conclusion of this inspiring lesson, we were introduced to Ryan Dobson who then spoke on the two challenging topics of “Conversational Apologetics? and “Following God’s Plans.? It was the general consensus among the students that Dobson was a favorite because of his thought-provoking topics and inspirational energy. Immediately following this, Mr. Greg Koukl, founder of Stand To Reason Apologetics Organization, spoke to the students about “The Story of Reality.? This lecture explained how Christianity is a story of reality and how we can visualize the “big picture? of the Christian faith.

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August 24, 2010

Session 8 | Day 3

Session 8 | Day 3

It is only Tuesday, our second full day at Summit, and already our minds are being stretched to accommodate the “information overload? we were warned about. As students of Summit’s eighth session, we are learning just what is expected of us. We rise early—at the crack of 7—but don’t actually wake up until we have breakfast and coffee in our stomachs. Our mornings are spent entirely attending lectures and having discussions with excellent scholars. This particular morning I was blown away by the speakers. Crossing the great distance from Oxford, England to Manitou Springs came our first lecturer, Kevin Bywater. His rich vocabulary, passion for his topics, and incredible amount of knowledge snatched the sleepy class’s attention from the start. Backing up his information with resources along the way, Mr. Bywater taught us about the facets, basic beliefs, and pillars of Islam. He spoke about how the growing faith is affecting our world population and manipulating United States law.

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August 19, 2010

Session 7 | Day 12b

Session 7 | Day 12b

Summit is an experience like no other. This is my second summer coming to a Summit conference. I came this year excited for the same experience that I had the previous year. But that’s the thing about Summit: it is always changing and improving. Some of my favorite speakers, like Dr. Bauman and Mike Haley, were there, but they also had some new speakers that I hadn’t heard the previous summer. And I can now say I have new favorites, such as Dr. Frank Turek and Dr. Mike Adams. The first time I went thought the Summit program, I went home energized and ready to take on the world. Now as Session 7 gets ready for graduation tomorrow evening, I can feel that same excitement in the air. I want to tell my fellow classmates that we have learned so much, but there is still so much that we haven’t. And the true Summit experience is what will take place in our lives once we leave here. But that doesn’t mean we can’t take on the world and be the leaders we want to see in the world. And as Dr. Noebel says, “ If you want to be a leader, you have to be a reader.? This has been a great start to a new way of discovering what our worldview is and what it truly means. And how other people’s worldviews influence them. Knowing not only our own views but also others’ views is what is truly going to give us an edge in the intellectual battle that is taking place in society today.

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August 19, 2010

Session 7 | Day 12a

Session 7 | Day 12a

My time at Summit has been far more wonderful than I had imagined it could be. When I first decided to come, I was mildly happy to be going. I held only one expectation: that God would be incredible. Every night before bed I told Him so, too. And every new day, He exceeded my hopes. Being here has been…

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August 18, 2010

Session 7 | Day 11b

Session 7 | Day 11b

When I first signed up to blog, I chose to go toward the end of the session because I figured I’d have a ton to write about by then. But as my turn got closer, I began to worry. How on earth do you fit two-weeks worth of amazingness into one blog?? I’m going to try by telling you, the…

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August 18, 2010

Session 7 | Day 11a

Session 7 | Day 11a

Hello from Manitou Springs, Colorado! So I am supposed to tell you about my Summit experience thus far. I am not sure if the total Summit experience can be expressed in words, but I am going to try! I have learned so much about life, worldviews, and my relationship with God. All of the speakers have taught me so much…

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August 17, 2010

Session 7 | Day 10b

Session 7 | Day 10b

Summit: its like nothing I have ever experienced before. I have been here for a week so far, and it is safe to say that I will not return home the same person. I have been a Christian for quite a while, and I have always had questions about my faith that I could never seem to get answered on…

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August 17, 2010

Session 7 | Day 10a

Session 7 | Day 10a

Arriving at Summit a little over a week ago, I was filled with a multitude of emotions. I was excited to be experiencing something new, but at the same time I was extremely apprehensive. As the week began, I was a little nervous about being here because I was not as well educated in faith as most of the other students, and frankly I know now that I know even less then I thought I did. As the week went on, I was amazed by the amount of information that I was being exposed to in such a short amount if time. I have not only learned how to defend my Christian views, but I have also learned and developed my faith with every lecture, seminar, and peers’ testimony. Summit has been the most trying experience of my life emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Yet everything about Summit has truly been a blessing, and I can honestly say before the session is even over that my life has been changed for the better. Before I came I would have told you: “I know nothin’ and I can prove it,? quoted from Dr. Noebel. Now I am confident in saying, “Ask me what I believe, because I can explain it.?

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August 16, 2010

Session 7 | Day 9b

Session 7 | Day 9b

I knew that I would be attending Summit in 2010 since last year. My parents have made it somewhat of a tradition in our household to award the high school graduate with this two-week camp. It wasn’t until I arrived at this magnificent (and somewhat intimidating) place that I began to feel uneasy about the road ahead of me. I have concluded that the source of my uneasiness was what my dad told me as my graduation ceremony approached: “I know we could give you a car or a computer like the rest of your classmates are getting, but we want to get you something that will last far longer than those things. I hope God absolutely shatters you…and then glues you back together stronger and more grounded than before.?

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