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October 30, 2010

Moreland, Costumes, and Pumpkins—Oh My!

Moreland, Costumes, and Pumpkins—Oh My!

So we’re over halfway finished here at Semester, and the clocks have been rigged to only go faster (it seems). This Saturday we had our Farvest Hall Festival—a day full of games, activities, and a costume party to boot as a welcomed reprieve anxiously looked forward to by all of us here. Many visitors from Manitou Springs (including Eric Einarsen)…

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October 28, 2010

Thoughts on Effective Monster Fighting

Thoughts on Effective Monster Fighting

My time here at summit so far has been worthwhile. We have discussed a very wide range of topics both in class and out of class. They have almost all been of great importance for Christians to understand, if we are to have a guided impact on our culture. We have been reminded that good intentions are not enough. Christians…

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October 26, 2010

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

This weekend, around half of the students went to the Grand Canyon. The other half had an off weekend to catch up on sleep, reading, and the internet. The Grand Canyon trip was awesome. After eighteen-plus hours in the vans together, we’re all still friends. On the first day, we stopped at Four Corners and stepped into New Mexico, taking…

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October 23, 2010

The Road to Manness

The Road to Manness

The road to becoming a man is a tough one. Actually, that is an understatement; it is nearly impossible. Here at Summit, I’ve gotten my head boggled pretty much everyday (the only exceptions would be free days!). We’ve wrestled with about everything under the sun—abortion, terrorism, pacifism, you name it. This is the sixth week of the semester, and I…

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October 21, 2010

God’s Creation Inspires Us to Create

God’s Creation Inspires Us to Create

As week six quickly comes to a close and the leaves of autumn gently fall to the ground, our minds are frequently reminded of the beauty of God’s creation. Whether we are hiking in the mountains or playing volleyball in the sand, we are always aware of that simple fact. For me personally, this has been one of the most…

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October 19, 2010

Cinnamon Test?

Cinnamon Test?

Saturday night a few girls and I came together in the kitchen to make some apple and pumpkin pies in preparation for Canadian Thanksgiving. While rolling out dough, mixing together scrumptious ingredients, and getting our aprons dirty, Daniel asked, "Anyone want to do a cinnamon test?" This sounded like an exciting idea I mustn’t give up. "Yes, I will do it!" I said with enthusiasm. "NO, Sarah!! I can’t let you.? He said. I guess this isn't such an enjoyable experience, I thought, but "Ill do it anyway!" So after filling the spoon with overflowing amounts of the spice, he handed it over hesitantly. With 6 or so fellow classmates watching with eagerness, I opened my mouth not knowing what my senses were about to feel. After putting the heaping amount of cinnamon on my tongue and inhaling this strong scent, I began to portray a dramatic scene of coughing, choking, and eyes tearing. The next fifteen minutes were filled with wetting my mouth and struggling to make a clear sentence. The background sounds were full of laughter and of "Sarah, are you ok?"

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October 16, 2010

Black Bears, Erasmus, and English Accents

Black Bears, Erasmus, and English Accents

Summit Semester has been a place where I have grown spiritually and academically. Whether it is from eating pears for the first time or learning about the dangers of terrorism in our Christianity and Politics class, God has definitely been stretching me in every aspect. In classes, we have been discussing Erasmus and how he wanted to reform the clergy,…

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October 14, 2010

MLB Postseason

MLB Postseason

On October 12, 2010, the Texas Rangers won their first playoff series ever. I mention this for numerous reasons. First off, it proves that as a Rangers fan, all of my strenuous prayer and faith has not gone to waste. Secondly, it proves that God (sorry Dr. Bauman) is obviously a Rangers fan this year, which means that naturally I…

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October 12, 2010

Preparing for the Valley

Preparing for the Valley

Writing a summary or a snapshot of what life has been like at Summit Semester these past four weeks is certainly an exercise in being concise. So much has happened and is happening, both in the external realm of activities such as classes (of course), volleyball, roadtrips, camping, and what is more, in the internal realm of processing what we…

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October 09, 2010

Change

Change

“Would you like to change your answer?? I’m pretty sure I’ve heard Dr. Bauman ask this at least ten times in class, and I’m also pretty sure he wants to ask it just about every time we answer one of his questions. One of the many things I’ve learned from Dr. Bauman is that learning is not just for adding to your knowledge. It’s also for changing your way of thinking. There are many things I thought I knew before I came here, but now that I’ve actually had to think, I’ve seen that I don’t know nearly as much as I thought. Because of this, I’ve found that my theology is kind of like Swiss Cheese—it’s full of holes. But don’t worry, I’m working on changing that.

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October 07, 2010

Road Trip

Road Trip

So, the days are starting to meld together. Being here at Summit Semester is like taking a road trip—you know where you want to end up, but everything in between is a surprise. We've been struggling to accomplish all the assigned reading, and it seems like Bauman is intentionally giving us more than we can handle. I've heard similar things…

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October 05, 2010

Walking through the Fourth Week

Walking through the Fourth Week

Swish, swish, swish! A yell breaks the contented sound of our paintbrushes, “I stained my toe!? The jovial work crew that I was a part of this afternoon made a comic sight with our paintbrushes swinging back and forth amongst each other’s bare feet. It was someone’s bright idea to remove our shoes and precariously attempt to avoid the stained parts of the deck that we were assigned to conquer. Work crews, the six hours a week that bond us one to another with a common goal, cause us to take ownership of this property and improve it as if it were our own. Work makes us feel at home, because we’re pulling together for the good of the cause.

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October 02, 2010

Good Quotes and Great Life

Good Quotes and Great Life

At the risk of seeming shallow, I want to prove that we’re a pretty crazy community at heart. We live together to learn but also to love one another and to become a family. Here’s a few interesting tidbits. Let’s start with the beginning. Probably the first thing I said when I walked into the kitchen on the first morning was, “Why is there tape on the fridge?? Welcome to the quote wall. Anything anyone says is fair game, but only the most memorable actually make it. See, we have to remember what we overheard until we make it into the kitchen to write it down. You have no idea how many times you’ll hear someone say, “What was it you said while we were playing volleyball that I was going to put on the quote wall?? (It’s bad etiquette to put your own quote on the wall, though we all know it happens for the sake of a good quote). Here’s a sample of the quotes:

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