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August 22, 2009
Session 7 | Day 8
Today at Summit could be described as a day of contrast. It was both a day of learning about extremely serious and consequential issues, but also a day of relaxation and fun. We started out the day listening to Dr. Noebel and his Bible Hour. Today he made us aware of the myriad of scientists who were the founders of their particular scientific fields. The key point was that they were nearly all faithful and dedicated Christians who were pursuing these scientific discoveries for the glory of God and the good of mankind. From Joseph Lister's work in antiseptic practices to Robert Boyle's contributions in the subject of chemistry, our world has been, and continues to be enriched by the work of these men.
After our morning lecture came one of the very serious and intense parts of the day. We watched a video called Obsession. It was an extremely thought-provoking film that showed in vivid and undeniable terms that there are many radical Muslims in this world. Their goal is the destruction of Western Civilization and Judeo-Christian values by implementing the practice of Jihad or Holy War. One of the things that is so great about Summit (and there are many), is that the Truth is continually and consistently presented to us, and we are encouraged to seek it for ourselves. This video was one more link in the big picture of piecing together the seemingly scrambled worldviews that thrive in our world today.
On a lighter subject, today we also went to Bear Creek Park for a long afternoon of sports and relaxing and a picnic dinner. We played Volleyball, ultimate Frisbee, Prisoners' Base, and various other games which I am not aware of because I am only one person and it is a pretty big park! Personally, I myself tried a few back handsprings which I only half landed and consequently got a battle wound on the side of my face and on my knee, but it was worth it!
When we came back we had the second lecture of the day. Mike Haley came to speak to us about homosexuality. He gave a very thought-provoking talk on the subject of homosexuality, especially as he speaks from the authority of someone who was a former homosexual. How the Lord stepped into his life and claimed him for his own and gave him the passion to help people understand these issues was an amazing testimony to God's omnipotence and the goodness of His plan. The most striking thought I came away with was that "we are all on level ground at the foot of the cross." That's something that resonated in my heart and pretty much sums up the essence of Mr. Haley's talk; that Jesus completely abolishes our former iniquities at the foot of His cross and gives us a new spirit to better go out and serve Him.
The time I've spent at Summit so far has been an amazing opportunity to take a break from my normal everyday schedule back home and reevaluate some extremely important issues. For example, that we all need to contend with in order to fulfill God's calling for our lives. From the praise time to the friendships that I made, to the laughs, to the beautiful creation that can be seen out the window, to the invaluable information that we are taught, Summit is amazing. This is just one day in the course of a lifetime, but the things that were learned today are far-reaching things, and extremely exciting things! But right now, sleep is exciting enough for me. This has been a great day at Summit, and I look forward to tomorrow.