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June 20, 2012

Monday, June 18 (Session 3, Day 2)

Summit session 3 jumpstarted its first full day with an amazing pancake breakfast that would energize even the tiredest of students. We owe that breakfast, as well as the other meals, to the amazing staff found here at Summit Ministries. I think that they are responsible for giving more energy to the students than even the food they work tirelessly to prepare. So I want to give a special shout-out to all of the awesome staff members here at the Summit!

Right after breakfast, we dove into our first lesson with Mr. John Stonestreet. Personally, this was my favorite lesson of the day. During our time with Mr. Stonestreet, we were introduced to the concept of a worldview. We learned the definition of a worldview, what makes up a worldview, and some of the leading worldviews of the contemporary age. Everyone has a worldview whether they’ve consciously thought about it or not. Each person’s worldview shapes his values which then, in turn, direct how that person will act. The students here were challenged to consider the fact that their ideas have consequences, their ideas have feet, and their ideas have stories. In other words, ideas have direct the course of history.

Following Mr. Stonestreet was Mr. Scott Klusendorf. Mr. Klusendorf taught on the topics of abortion and relativism. We learned some of the facts of abortion and how to defend the pro-life argument using both science and philosophy. After a break for lunch, Mr. Klusendorf continued teaching us, tying in the faults of relativism with the issue of abortion.

The afternoon was spent touring the Garden of the Gods. I know I’m not the only one who was left in awe of our Creator and the beauty He displays in his creation. It was refreshing to get out and breathe the fresh Colorado air (or lack thereof), hang out with some of my new friends, and just see some more of this gorgeous country.

Not to disappoint, the kitchen crew produced another amazing meal for supper which was followed by the final lecture of the day by Dr. Jeff Myers. During this lecture, the Summit students learned how dangerous it can be for Christians to be anti-intellectual. To wrap up the night, the students divided up into our small groups and discussed the lectures and other events of the day. My group went down into town to get some tea before telling some stories and talking about the highlights of the day.

It’s only the end of the first day, but Summit has been incredible already! I can’t wait for the next two weeks, and I’m going into them with high expectations! 

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