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July 27, 2012
Friday, July 27 (Session 5, Day 6)
The light crept through the blinds, acutely awakening me to of the fact that: A. I was freezing; and B. It was 5:30 in the morning. My phone alarm was beeping incessantly at me to arise out of my ultra-comfy bunk bed and greet the day with the cheerful vigor typical of the saint that I was. Why you may ask? Red Mountain — the tantalizing tower of earth directly behind the Summit hotel — was calling my name, promising a hard-core hike and an incredible view at the top. After ascending in 40 minutes, the reward at the peak was indeed grand — beholding the skies in a pale shade of blue awaken the sleepy town of Manitou Springs. A mountain-top experience indeed.
If I was to summarize the whole atmosphere of Summit, what would come to mind is Awakening. Awakening of the spirit, awakening of the intellect, awakening of deep questions. Dr. Michael Bauman, our speaker for today, accomplished just this with inquisitions such as “If God created humans, and humans are born evil, then why did he make humans who cannot keep his laws and then punish them for it?” and “If the verse, ‘you are never tempted more than you can bear’ is true, then isn’t it at least possible that one can be sinless?” Wow. Who thinks about this stuff? That’s right, Summit students. The piquing of curiosity is a rather inevitable part of the Summit experience. But more than that, not only are we challenged to wrestle with immensely difficult questions, we are driven to seek Christ and His Word for our ultimate answer.
Another aspect of Summit I continue to appreciate is the emphasis on balance. Not only are we absorbing incredible amounts of information, but time in contemplation and worship is highly valued and scheduled as such. Because of the strenuous brain activities, the delicious food continues to be a life-saver and the fresh air during park time has proven to be quite essential to the maintenance of sanity. However, not only is this balance encouraged and modeled during our two weeks here at Summit, but balance is crucially stressed in approaching the world with a Biblical Worldview. We must be ready to give a defense for the faith within us to a lost world in all love. I appreciate what Sean McDowell shared with us in regards to the purpose of knowing and believing these pivotal Worldview truths. The purpose of apologetics is not so we can have the satisfaction of winning an argument and building up our intellectual ego. Our hearts must break for the unsaved. If we have lost sight of compassion, we have lost sight of the purpose behind knowing and articulating our Biblical Worldview.
Today is Thursday, and we still have well over a week to plunge into Biblical worldview. Though I’m tempted to believe that my brain is nearing it’s point of capacity, I know Jesus has a special purpose for each day, each lecture, and each peer conversation. My goal is to soak it all up, remembering that ideas are important, because ideas have consequences.