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August 13, 2012

Sunday, August 12 (Session 6, Day 8)

Sunday, August 12 (Session 6, Day 8)

A few weeks ago, a tragedy happened in Colorado (which is where I’m from). For those of you who don’t know, there was a shooting inside a theater, in which 12 people were killed. Today, one of our speakers, John Stonestreet, spoke on the topic of evil and suffering. For Christians and non-Christians alike, in tragedies such as the Denver shooting, this question arises: “If God is so good, why does He allow evil to happen?? One of the things Mr. Stonestreet pointed out was that this question is not only a good question, but it is a fair question. To be honest and truthful, when bad things happen, it is difficult to understand! However, though this question may be fair, God is not the enemy, but the hero, controller, and Sovereign Lord over every tragedy that strikes. He did not create evil, but allowed it to happen. God created all things, right? Right. Not only did He create all things but He created them and deemed them GOOD; evil is NOT a thing. Cold is not a thing but merely the absence of hot. Darkness is not a thing but the absence of light. It is no different with evil: evil is not a thing, but the absence of THE Good. The Ultimate Good, the creator of all things good, allows tragedies to happen so that we might grow closer to Him, and grow stronger in character. As James 1:2-4 says: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.? Though things such as the Colorado shooting are difficult to understand, I personally find it comforting to know that God is in control of it all. Our God is not an impersonal God.

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August 11, 2012

Saturday, August 11 (Session 6, Day 7)

Saturday, August 11 (Session 6, Day 7)

Every day we begin the day of classes with Foundations, a short Bible study, usually taught by Eric Smith. Students break up into small discussion groups before talking about the topic of the day. Today, the topic was the five major events of the Old Testament, following Genesis 12. Think about it, there are 39 books in the Old Testament,…

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August 10, 2012

Friday, August 10 (Session 6, Day 6)

Friday, August 10 (Session 6, Day 6)

This is my third summer as a Summit student. I’ve been constantly impressed with how much I can learn every single day that is new and different from sessions in the past. When they talk about Summit being “a drink from a fire hose,? they definitely were not kidding. However, these revelations go beyond hearing Kevin Bywater speak again on the nature of the Trinity or Pseudo-Christian Religions. While it is true that I feel I understand the academic topics on a deeper level, I also feel that the spiritual lessons are new and fresh every moment of the day.

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August 09, 2012

Thursday, August 9 (Session 6, Day 5)

Thursday, August 9 (Session 6, Day 5)

It’s easy sometimes for me to take for granted everything we have here at Summit, especially considering my background with these sorts of conferences. I’m a four-year alumnus of Worldview Academy, and I like to think I learned well the lessons that they teach there. This is also my second year here at Summit, and my second time to blog…

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August 08, 2012

Wednesday, August 8 (Session 6, Day 4)

Wednesday, August 8 (Session 6, Day 4)

From the moment I stepped into Summit as a camper and student I have felt, in one word, renewal—renewal of myself, renewal in my relationship with God, renewal of my Christian fire. Being here has reminded me what it is like to solemnly pray, to pour over what the Bible says in all of its beauty and infallibility, to desire…

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August 07, 2012

Tuesday, August 7 (Session 6, Day 3)

Tuesday, August 7 (Session 6, Day 3)

Today was the first day of class here at Summit. I really am surprised how quickly things started up here. I woke up at six and went for a quick jog with a couple other people before class. When class started up we said the Pledge of Allegiance, sang Amazing Grace, and prayed together. We were challenged right from the start with a quote from A.W. Tozer: “What comes to your mind when you think about God is the most important thing about you.? Then John Stonestreet took over and talked about ideas having consequences and stories. An example he gave was that because of porn, men don’t need to be men – they can be boys their entire lives – and that women now have to compete for the attention of men. He moved on to list the six worldviews we will go over this session: Secular humanism, Christianity, Cosmic Humanism, Marxism/Leninism, Post Modernism, and Islam. He then defined worldview as the framework of basic beliefs that we have (whether we know it or not) that shapes our view of and for the world. All worldviews have assumptions about origin, identity, meaning, morality, and destiny. We broke it down into a triangle having at its base worldviews. The second level was values and the top level was actions. He wrapped up with a quote that stuck with me: “You may not live what you profess but you will live what you believe.?

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August 04, 2012

Saturday, August 4 (Session 5, Day 14)

Saturday, August 4 (Session 5, Day 14)

Some would say that the last day of Summit is the end of it all. For indeed graduating from this beloved place and preparing to go out into the world again can seem daunting. Despite this, I say it is the beginning of a grand adventure.

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August 03, 2012

Friday, August 3 (Session 5, Day 13)

Friday, August 3 (Session 5, Day 13)

There’s something about waking up to a new day: a day full of perfect, new opportunities. I experienced this feeling as I woke up this morning. My mind and notebook were filled with words of wisdom that I have learned since my plane landed in Colorado Springs. I came here expecting no less, and as the two weeks are ending,…

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August 02, 2012

Thursday, August 2 (Session 5, Day 12)

Thursday, August 2 (Session 5, Day 12)

I’ll start with the highlight of my morning. Instead of hearing Andrew’s beautiful voice tell me what today’s breakfast would be, (usually bacon, with a side of bacon, and topped off with bacon) I was rudely awakened. 5:45 A.M. I see a very large, Red Bull dosed, Norse Thunder God loudly telling me to “wake up? and to “follow him? cause he has a large supply of delicious donuts. I wasn’t entirely functional, nor amused. Concentration level slowly dropped to 0.2% and sleep level rose to 9000. As manly as I wanted to be and climb that mountain, my body convinced me otherwise. With enough sleep propelled through my body, I eagerly walked to the bathrooms, ready to take a wonderful shower. God. Bless.

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August 01, 2012

Wednesday, August 1 (Session 5, Day 11)

Wednesday, August 1 (Session 5, Day 11)

Jesus delights in every freckle, smile, and quirk. He delights in you, His creation, His child, and His love. God wastes nothing He designs and He designs all there is. Yes, this includes you. I came to Summit completely unaware of what God had planned for me, not knowing how two weeks in Colorado would expose how much of a…

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