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September 27, 2016

Sawubona!

Sawubona!

Sawubona! This small word has the capacity to heal so many of the world’s problems. So many problems that the world has might just go away if we were to use this word in its truest denotation. It could change the heart of friends, family, strangers, and even enemies.

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September 25, 2016

Sand and Stars: Visit to the Great Sand Dunes National Park

Sand and Stars: Visit to the Great Sand Dunes National Park

The two-and-a-half-hour drive was worth it. Hills upon rolling hills of sand stretched across the horizon. It was like a beach in the middle of nowhere. We ate lunch and then began trekking towards the top. It was far harder than it looked. I didn’t imagine hiking uphill on sand would be as difficult as it was. On top of…

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September 22, 2016

Daily Rhythms

Daily Rhythms

Nearly every morning before breakfast we recite these words. “Christ, as a light, illumine and guide me. Christ, as a shield, overshadow me. Christ under me; Christ over me; Christ beside me, on my left and my right. This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, yet all-powerful. Be in the heart of each to whom I speak;…

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September 16, 2016

Of Snow Wolf Lodge

Of Snow Wolf Lodge

As I sat contemplating the message of these verses, I found myself raising my eyes across the large loping hills surrounding my spot of solitude. Brisk, fresh air whistled through pine trees, while chipmunks frolicked in the throes of youthful ecstasy. Autumn’s wildflowers graced the lush, green, earthy divots behind to the two cabins that have become home to so…

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September 13, 2016

Into the Fire

Into the Fire

Well, this has been a fun evening. Our first real day of classes here at Summit Semester. We began in Church History and English Literature this morning, and then after a day of reading our many books, and sports time, closed the evening with a lesson in Politics. Or shall I say, discussion in Politics.

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September 10, 2016

Beginning the Adventure

Beginning the Adventure

This summer, I made the bold choice of listening to the Lord and following His calling for my upcoming fall semester. I attended Session One of the Summit Summer Conference in Manitou Springs, Colorado, only to return home with further questions and an unquenchable thirst for a higher knowledge of God. I learned more in those two weeks than I…

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January 14, 2016

Semester Living

Semester Living

To think that an academic and faith centered retreat in the mountains with the same fifty people, for three months, removed from direct and consistent contact with culture could be as rewarding, thought-altering and growing as it has been would be considered crazy by the rest of the “normal” world. According to this observation, you might say it’s a good…

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January 07, 2016

Beauty from Ashes

Beauty from Ashes

During my time here at Summit Semester I have had the opportunity to study under some of the greatest professors in the United States. The topics we have studied have ranged from Theology, philosophy, church history, politics, Hebrew, English literature, art, poetry, and a handful of other topics. Poetry was one of the topics I was least looking forward to…

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January 05, 2016

Returning

Returning

Imagine spending two days in one of God’s most mysterious creations: the Grand Canyon. Imagine spending two nights sleeping on the cold, hard ground freezing your booty off, but enjoying every second of it. Now imagine sitting in a car for 8 hours, returning to your home destination just to sit in a classroom for two more hours. Sounds awful,…

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December 17, 2015

A trip to the Grand Canyon

A trip to the Grand Canyon

The past 3 months have flown by way too fast for me. The friendships that we have built are so closely meshed that is as if I have known all the students here for much of my life. The best part about this semester has been sharing amazing trips throughout the Southwest region of the U.S. This past week we,…

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December 14, 2015

The Old Testament

The Old Testament

Of all the professors, Ken Turner has probably been the most crass, blunt, and inflammatory… And as a result, he is also been the most inexpressibly helpful in the topics most Christians tiptoe around by being personable, honest and open. His demeanor gave a distinct implication that he was frank and truthful in his teaching, and that he answered every…

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December 10, 2015

Death to Doubt

Death to Doubt

“Don't write that down.” Wait, what? “In fact, why do people take notes?” Did I miss something? I glanced around, and saw other people just as bemused as I in the small classroom at Snow Wolf Lodge.

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December 08, 2015

Finals!!!!

Finals!!!!

A few weeks ago, Dr. Bauman left. To commemorate him, we took a class photo. We shuffled around for a good thirty minutes. I am second row, slightly right of center. I have glasses and stupid grin. Despite that grin, I was not happy. I laugh at it now. It was a very teachable moment. But that moment, like all…

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November 30, 2015

Just A-Workin’ For the Lord

Just A-Workin’ For the Lord

Coming to Summit Semester this year has been an experience never to be forgotten. I have learned many things about Christ, life, the world we live in, and even things about myself I didn’t know. I feel like between the time of arriving and leaving Snow Wolf Lodge, I will be better equipped spiritually, theologically, philosophically, politically, and biblically. I…

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November 24, 2015

Inaugurated Eschatology

Inaugurated Eschatology

“Hakuna mattata, it means no worries for the rest of your days.” While this Lion King worldview is rather compelling, it doesn’t withstand the fires of life’s furnace. In my experience, this world is usually a place full of evil and pain. If we really look at the world, outside of America, and even in America, we don’t have to…

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