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June 30, 2011

Wednesday, June 29 (Session 4, Day 4)

Wednesday, June 29 (Session 4, Day 4)

Today was a long day. Okay, every day is a long day. We sit in classes all morning trying to absorb as much as possible, take a break, and we’re right back to it. And sometimes it’s hard to understand what we are supposed to be learning, and why it even matters. But today, God expanded my understanding of the…

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June 29, 2011

Tuesday, June 28 (Session 4, Day 3)

Tuesday, June 28 (Session 4, Day 3)

It’s Tuesday, the second day of the first week. Energy is still rather high and students are ready for another day of wise words from Doc, Dr. Adams, and Chuck Edwards. 180 high-energy college-aged students, what could get in our way? A stomach virus might do the trick. On Tuesday here at the Summit, many of us have unfortunately been…

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June 28, 2011

Monday, June 27 (Session 4, Day 2)

Monday, June 27 (Session 4, Day 2)

We started with the pledge of allegiance to the American flag and to Christian flag as well as the first verse to Amazing Grace. It was an incredible way to start the classes and put my brain into focus on what we are here to learn about, God. The classes for the first day were taught by Jeff Myers and Chuck Edwards and included talks about worldviews, messages in media, and Christian intellectualism. Finishing up with a visit from “Bob the Atheist,? aka Chuck Edwards, did his best to steamroll us by asking “Why should I believe in your ‘Sky-God’??

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June 27, 2011

Sunday, June 26 (Session 4, Day 1)

Sunday, June 26 (Session 4, Day 1)

Finally, the moment came; the one we had all been waiting for. The sound of a diesel engine began to fill the air, and within seconds, the school bus full of students mounted the hill and stopped in front of the hotel, accompanied by the excited, welcoming shouts from staffers on the porch. The students are directed to the desk…

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June 25, 2011

Friday, June 24 (Session 3, Day 13)

Friday, June 24 (Session 3, Day 13)

Today marks the very last day of Summit Session 3, 2011. It is hard to believe that the session is coming to an end. I’m sure most students had mixed feelings. We were all tired, excited to go home and share what we have learned, yet still thirsty for more of Summit (at least I was).

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June 23, 2011

Wednesday, June 22 (Session 3, Day 11)

Wednesday, June 22 (Session 3, Day 11)

Can you believe it is already Wednesday! Summit is almost over! Noooo! But I must say it has been a very successful day! Wake up, take shower, brush teeth, get dressed, and go to breakfast. Then comes the lectures! As much as I would have liked to sleep in, It was definitely worth it to listen to the lectures because…

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June 22, 2011

Tuesday, June 21 (Session 3, Day 10)

Tuesday, June 21 (Session 3, Day 10)

Over six million dead, a “civilized? country decimated, the entire planet torn asunder by bitter conflict. A gun shot had not started it; not even a fist fight had lit the spark that would become a raging forest fire. No, World War II was birthed in the mind of a man, and was conceived as an ideology. My time at the Summit has solidified in my heart the truth that “ideas have consequences? and “bad ideas have bad consequences? (as Dr. Noebel would say). Were the ideas that resulted in World War II bad ideas? Judge for yourself. Though today we may not be in the midst of a full-scale world war, there are still ideologies ruling our world, ideologies that have grave consequences.

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June 21, 2011

Monday, June 20 (Session 3, Day 9)

Monday, June 20 (Session 3, Day 9)

Today’s awakening was by far the best of all the rude (come on, we are sleeping) awakenings that we have had here at Summit. It was “The Final Countdown? by Europe being blasted out of speakers followed by cries of “Mancakes!? If you don’t know what a mancake is, it’s one of the two things that will survive a nuclear holocaust (the other being all those cockroaches). It was a great syrupy breakfast filled with color. First up on the list of speakers was Eric Smith with Bible Hour (which never really ends in an hour for some strange reason). Today, we discussed the importance of Genesis 1 and what it talks about.

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June 20, 2011

Sunday, June 19 (Session 3, Day 8)

Sunday, June 19 (Session 3, Day 8)

Before you read any further, I would like to warn you that this description of my day may not make much sense. But I think I have a good excuse. I spent most of the day in question climbing a mountain -- a SERIOUS mountain – which explains my current state of exhaustion and sub-par brain and limb function. Unfortunately…

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June 19, 2011

Saturday, June 18 (Session 3, Day 7)

Saturday, June 18 (Session 3, Day 7)

What a glorious day today was. I enjoyed waking up to the song “I Can See Clearly Now the Rain is Gone? at an earsplitting volume. I woke up and decided to shower before breakfast due to the fact that I loathe standing in lines. I want to use my time as efficiently as possible so that I have plenty of time to procrastinate. I enjoyed my breakfast of skim milk, orange juice, an apple, and Honey Bunches of Oats. Then it was a mad scramble to brush my teeth and get my room passable for room checks. Summit Staff make army inspections of living space look simple and easy to pass. Luckily, inspectors at Summit can easily be bribed, usually with food.

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June 18, 2011

Friday, June 17 (Session 3, Day 6)

Friday, June 17 (Session 3, Day 6)

I awoke to the musing of the wake-up crew this fine summer morning. Their creativity never ceases to annoy me. They sang as we groaned, due as much to our unsatisfied eyelids as our assaulted eardrums. Somehow it occurred to me as I sleepwalked to the shower that “Doc? (that’s Dr. Noebel for those who don’t know) really was not coming back until graduation, and I sincerely grieved his absence. This is my second term at Summit Ministries, and I had become accustomed to his constant presence during my previous stay.

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June 17, 2011

Thursday, June 16 (Session 3, Day 5)

Thursday, June 16 (Session 3, Day 5)

This morning I woke up slowly to the pleasant sound of a cell phone ringing at 6:20 AM, and at 6:30 AM, and again and again, disturbing my precious last hour of sleep. This unwanted noise was finally silenced when one of my roommates went over to a neighboring room and turned off their alarm. We then began the greatest…

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June 16, 2011

Wednesday, June 15 (Session 3, Day 4)

Wednesday, June 15 (Session 3, Day 4)

So, what is faith, and how do I defend it? What do other religions say about life, death, and the human soul? What does a hippie smell like? Where the heck is my plane?! These are just a few of the questions I had when I came to Summit in 2010. I was just sixteen, so I was one of the youngest students in session six. I had absolutely no idea what I was getting into. A common phrase around here is, “Drinking from the fire hose.? More like drinking from Niagara Falls!

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June 15, 2011

Tuesday, June 14 (Session 3, Day 3)

Tuesday, June 14 (Session 3, Day 3)

What is faith, why is the Bible a book like no other? These were some of the many topics discussed from morning to evening right here on a slice of heaven I call The Summit! Being my second time here I have been able to “take a sip from the fire hose,? and gather a little more knowledge from the amazing teachers Summit has found.

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June 15, 2011

Monday, June 13 (Session 3, Day 2)

Monday, June 13 (Session 3, Day 2)

The first official day of Summit is almost over. Summit isn’t what I expected—it far exceeded any of my expectations. I’m not used to the early mornings quite yet. I don’t think anyone is. I did manage to get up in time for a slightly warm shower which was a pleasant surprise. A not so pleasant surprise was the room inspectors and their unrealistic ideas of clean. Chuck Edwards kept everyone entertained in his worldview overview, even playing devil’s advocate at one point. Needless to say, we all realized how important Summit was going to be, especially when Mr. Edwards left us all speechless playing the part of an atheistic professor, “Bob?.

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