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August 25, 2010

Session 8 | Day 4

Session 8 | Day 4

Today is Wednesday, August 25, 2010. After eating breakfast, our sessions began with the recitation of our customary pledges to the American and Christian flags. We then sang the first verse of Amazing Grace before the speakers for the day commenced their presentations. First, Dr. Noebel gave a lecture on the importance of Bible Study.  At the conclusion of this inspiring lesson, we were introduced to Ryan Dobson who then spoke on the two challenging topics of “Conversational Apologetics” and “Following God’s Plans.” It was the general consensus among the students that Dobson was a favorite because of his thought-provoking topics and inspirational energy.  Immediately following this, Mr. Greg Koukl, founder of Stand To Reason Apologetics Organization, spoke to the students about “The Story of Reality.” This lecture explained how Christianity is a story of reality and how we can visualize the “big picture” of the Christian faith.
 
Next, a lunch of tacos was enjoyed as some of the students attended a chat with Ryan Dobson. After lunch, we once again settled into our seats in the classroom and listened to an incredible lecture by Mr. Koukl explaining how the story of Jesus can be validated in spite of the arguments of skeptics. Our next activity was to complete a Bible knowledge test that all Summit students are required to pass. After this, more than half of the kids worked on a community service project at a local bridge, painting over offensive graffiti. The other students stayed behind at the hotel and contacted family and friends at home, played games, or walked to nearby downtown Manitou Springs until suppertime.
 
After a reinvigorating meal, some of the students participated in an optional open forum with Greg Koukl. At 7:30 promptly, all students participated in live worship and were then instructed by Dr. Noebel on the major worldviews of our current world.  This was the third lecture in a series that will continue for the rest of two weeks here at Summit. Lastly, the students viewed a video showing the biological complexity of life, especially in the construction of DNA.


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