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May 31, 2011

Monday, May 31 (Session 2, Day 2)

Monday, May 31 (Session 2, Day 2)

God really works in mysterious ways by putting people in your life at exactly the right point. Just a short example: a random guy heard I was interested in running and once we got talking, we found out we were roommates and have become running buddies for this conference, although due to altitude we both were gasping for air a…

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May 30, 2011

Sunday, May 29 (Session 2, Day 1)

Sunday, May 29 (Session 2, Day 1)

I slept in late this morning for the first time in weeks. My day started off lazily with me skipping breakfast to talk on the phone for an hour. After lunch I went out on the porch and sat around with a bunch of staffers while we waited for two o'clock. At that time, about fifteen staffers and I jumped…

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May 27, 2011

Friday, May 27 (Session 1, Day 12)

Friday, May 27 (Session 1, Day 12)

Today is the final day of one of the most amazing experiences of my life. The Summit has been such an enriching experience for me, and I am so very grateful to have had the opportunity to attend. Today we had lectures by Chuck Edwards, Randall Niles and John Stonestreet, all giving presentations on how we can utilize what we…

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May 27, 2011

Thursday, May 26 (Session 1, Day 11)

Thursday, May 26 (Session 1, Day 11)

Wow! Today has been incredible, but at the same time, it has been rather sad, since it has been the last “real? day of Session One. By the last “real? day, I mean that this has been the very last day of the session with the schedule we have grown accustomed to. Let’s get down to all the details of the day: 6:45 AM—my roommates wake up, and start getting the room ready for the room inspection. I make a few quick mental calculations and determine that I can forgo a morning shower in order to get a few extra minutes of pseudo-sleep...

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May 26, 2011

Wednesday, May 25 (Session 1, Day 10)

Wednesday, May 25 (Session 1, Day 10)

Waking up at 5:30 in the morning never ceases to be a surreal experience for me. Waking up at 5:30 in the morning and charging to the top of a mountain with fifty other guys for Dunkin Donuts just adds to the experience. While this might sound like an unusual way to start your day, this is exactly how mine began today. A few days ago we began what’s known as “The Manference.? During this time all the guys got together and we began to sharpen our knowledge on what it is to be men from a biblical perspective. We learned about God’s intended role for men, and how this “manifests? itself in our lives through our relationships with others, the people we model ourselves after, and our responsibilities. Further, we learned that all men are faced with relationships...

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May 25, 2011

Tuesday, May 24 (Session 1, Day 9)

Tuesday, May 24 (Session 1, Day 9)

Today’s breakfast was rather unique, the men had mancakes (extra large pancakes which had an average diameter of 9 inches) and the ladies had chocolate chip pancakes. The first session of the day was “Bible Hour? with Eric Smith. The session was a review of characters in the Bible, the Abrahamic Covenant, and God’s Redemption. We surveyed though the Books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus and Joshua. I think one part of the session that stood out was when Mr. Smith pointed out that the origin of sin was evident in Genesis 3:11, and the effects and spreading of sin can be observed through the Books in the Old Testament after Genesis. However, the first...

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May 24, 2011

Monday, May 23 (Session 1, Day 8)

Monday, May 23 (Session 1, Day 8)

Here at Summit, after a day of mostly rest, we picked the pace back up with the usual four lectures before lunch, followed by one after, with worship and two other lectures still yet to come. While some of these lectures are repeats for alumni like myself, hearing many of the same lectures and principles again brings back a lot that I forgot over the months it has been since I last walked Summit’s halls. I must admit that, despite the extra rest yesterday, I initially didn’t feel particularly eager to get up—a feeling clearly shared by two of my roommates who also got up several minutes after the morning “bell?—but a shower and a pleasant breakfast helped restore my alertness and readiness for another day at Summit. Although getting enough sleep can sometimes feel like an issue here, Summit really is “a finely tuned machine?, and there is...

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May 23, 2011

Sunday, May 22 (Session 1, Day 7)

Sunday, May 22 (Session 1, Day 7)

The Sunday morning sunrise came bright and early-- much brighter and much earlier than most of the students who signed up for whitewater rafting would have liked. We all loaded into the bus sleepily to head to Noah’s Ark Whitewater Rafting Pavilion in Buena Vista. We got fitted into wetsuits, water booties, and helmets as we prepared ourselves for the…

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May 22, 2011

Saturday, May 21 (Session 1, Day 6)

Saturday, May 21 (Session 1, Day 6)

Summit is such a great place to be. Just the fact that 156 people are all here for the same reason: to be educated about our culture and about how we are so misled by everyday things like movies and music. Sitting around listening and singing to someone playing the guitar is just a beautiful thing. The whole fact that…

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May 21, 2011

Friday, May 20 (Session 1, Day 5)

Friday, May 20 (Session 1, Day 5)

Hey y’all! Welcome to “Plaid Friday? at The Summit. Ironically, I am from West Texas and own approximately one plaid shirt and forgot to bring it to Colorado with me. So, needless to say, I feel slightly out of place right now amongst a sea of plaid shirts, shorts, and even a kilt worn by one brave individual. The warm atmosphere surrounding the lobby of the hotel this evening is filled with laughter, song, and friendship. But maybe I should back up and start at the beginning of the day...

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May 19, 2011

Thursday, May 19 (Session 1, Day 4)

Thursday, May 19 (Session 1, Day 4)

I started the day with a brisk run in the Colorado mist. I then enjoyed a hearty breakfast followed by carefully cleaning my room with my roommates to impress the staffers who check our rooms daily. I soon rushed to the lecture hall to hear the first speaker of the day, Eric Smith. He spoke on ‘What is the Bible?’…

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May 18, 2011

Wednesday, May 18 (Session 1, Day 3)

Wednesday, May 18 (Session 1, Day 3)

This is my second time at The Summit, thus earning the wonderful title of “alumnus? here. I attended last summer, so it makes sense that I’ve begun these two weeks with a completely different attitude. I remember last year hesitantly going into Summit very unsure of the program and what it entailed and also very unsure of the Christianity that I claimed to believe in. I was several years into my (public) college experience and a full participant in today’s dismissive culture. Those two weeks in Manitou Springs were amazingly revelatory to me, and I realized I had unknowingly succumbed to a very unbiblical way of thinking about the world. During that time, I learned a...

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May 18, 2011

Tuesday, May 17 (Session 1, Day 2)

Tuesday, May 17 (Session 1, Day 2)

I don’t quite know where to begin. Summit Ministries has, so far, been one of the coolest camps I’ve attended, and I have been to many. The day started with a talk from Dr. David A. Noebel (Most people around here call him Doc). He gave us a list of reasons to study the Bible, many of which I had…

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May 18, 2011

Monday, May 16 (Session 1, Day 1)

Monday, May 16 (Session 1, Day 1)

Hey everyone, Today at Summit Ministries in Colorado there were many lectures, talks, games, activities, and also great food! The first lecture was a worldview overview; we mainly learned why we are here and what worldviews are. We learned that worldviews are crucial. We can’t change the fact that everyone has one. It’s impossible to avoid simple-but-deep questions like ‘Who am I? What am I here for? What’s the truth?’ Sometimes facts can be twisted, but also the perspective we see the truth from can be distorted. We also saw that all worldviews are comprehensive. We were given the example of the movie “The Truman Show.? In the final scene...

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