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July 27, 2012

Friday, July 27 (Session 5, Day 6)

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.

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  • August 09, 2012 // 08:57 pm //  # 
    Ric's avatar Ric

    - Hi Kasandra! Thanks for the comment. Aside from other beftines of film the real joy is that there is very little that is done to them when they get back from the lab. I use Richard Photo Lab in LA. I’ll be honest and say that I’ve tried many other labs as well and years ago I used a great lab in San Francisco called New Lab that went out of business. Richard Photo Lab is above and beyond the best option out there (other than maybe in NY) that I have found. I ship them the film and about 7-10 business days later I get a link to download the files. I edit my selects using the rating system in Bridge and I open each file individually. Typically the most I’ll ever do is adjust the levels a tiny bit and I might dodge/burn here or there but I only spend a few seconds with each file. Then I re-size them in Bridge so they are web-ready and that’s it. It’s pretty wonderful to save hours and hours of processing and on top of that I think the results are better than when I shoot digitally. However, it’s a trade-off because it’s a slower process and it’s expensive to buy and develop film. I’m finding though that I’m moving more towards film this year than other years. It’s all relative so it might not work the same for you. The most important thing is to shoot film often or you won’t see the beftines. I’d say that you need to shoot at least 30 rolls to get started. Hope this was helpful!

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