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July 28, 2010

Session 6 | Day 4a

Session 6 | Day 4a

A Typical Day at Summit (and what you can expect should you decide to attend)

I decided to get up early to run up Red Mountain, which is just steps behind the hotel.  So, I run about halfway up until the elevation catches up to me, and I have to walk the rest of the way.  But it’s going down that is the fun part!  There is a giant gravel washout that you ski down on your feet, making the trip well worth it.  By the way, the view isn’t bad either.

After taking a shower and cleaning (and decorating) our room, I went to breakfast, which consisted of different varieties of muffins, oatmeal, cereal, and all your standard breakfast drinks.  (Thank you for GREAT food each and every meal, kitchen staff!)

This is Dr. Noebel’s Bible Hour in which we get our daily helping of witty quotes, thoughts, and insights. The thought for today was: “If you’re going to be a leader, you have to be a reader (of good books).”  Thankfully my mom instilled in me at an early age a love for reading that still persists.

After a short break to stretch and go to the bathroom, we had our first speaker of the day, Dr. Michael Bauman.  He spoke to us on the “Meaning of Meaning,” saying that if we decide something’s meaning comes from our interpretation of it, it invalidates whatever the true meaning of that thing is.  Instead he taught us to see the meaning of something as the author’s intentions for it.

We took our class picture, a large task when you have to get over 200 students and staff lined up and looking at the camera, but it was successfully accomplished. (I haven’t seen the picture yet though, so I could be wrong wink

I’m lumping these two sessions (“The Problem of Pain” and “Augustine & Pelagius,” both by Dr. Bauman) together because, in both of them, Dr. Bauman played devil’s advocate.  In this highly thought-provoking, somewhat frustrating, yet incredibly effective method he picked apart—no, destroyed—all of our arguments about the nature of God, free will, and salvation.

Yet another wonderful lunch consisting of grilled cheese, tomato soup, chips, and salad.
The fascinating and great thing was that everywhere I went, there were groups of people talking about what had just happened in class and debating amongst themselves.

This lecture taught by Warren Smith of WORLD magazine was about the bias of the media and how often the media will end up being the actual message.  One of the things he brought up was the different forms of media that thrive and dominate in different cultures.  For example, poetry thrives in oral cultures, while fiction, law, and philosophy thrive in written cultures, and entertainment thrives in video cultures.  Which one are we in today?

It’s time for the Bible Exam, where students must complete a 180-question exam on their knowledge of the entire Bible.  This will really get you to read your Bible more because if you think you know all about the Bible, you don’t!

About 70 people loaded up into one bus and went to do a community service project of painting over graffiti at a nearby waterfall. I will say that this community service project had the best views of any project I’ve done so far.

It’s time for another mouth-watering dinner of fish (salmon or tilapia), wild rice, vegetables, and cherry dessert.  I got the opportunity to sit at a table with Dr. Bauman and listen to him answer various questions we threw his way.

So, that’s what you can look forward to if you, too, decide to come to Summit

A special shout-out to my family, friends, and all the staff, speakers, and students from North Carolina (the best state in the US!).

From Manitou Springs,


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