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September 18, 2010



Dr. Michael Bauman arrived Wednesday evening and began his course on The History of Christian Thought with us. I have never heard someone ask so many questions in my life! As he taught this week, he would randomly ask some of the students for a response based on their beliefs. They were questions such as:

Where does sin reside? How do I see the world, as an enemy or a place to serve? What do I believe about angels and demons? What is Jesus’ main message through the gospels? What do I believe about miracles? Is the church in Acts a descriptive or prescriptive account?

These are just some of the questions Dr. Bauman demanded response on. Having all of us attempt to defend foundations we have built on for most of our lives was humbling and challenging. As we watched and listened, we witnessed ourselves and our classmates stumble around things we think we know but that, in truth, we have little defense for (though occasionally there were good defenses). Now, as Dr. Bauman would say, that doesn’t mean what we think is wrong, but it does mean we have a lot of work to do.

I know that this is not the first time I have thought through my beliefs, but why did I stop? Why assume certain things when you have been given the opportunity to believe, not just because it makes you feel good or you have heard it a lot, but because you see it in a light that affirms and supports the stances that you take? Eric asked a question at the beginning of the week: Would you be willing to change what you believe if you were faced with a truth that contradicted what you have previously believed? At first, I thought the question was meant to scare me about what I believe, but now I think that isn’t the case. I think the reason he is asking that question is because he knows we are all living off of a foundation. We are all giving answers on a daily basis, in how we live, think, and act, that defend our core beliefs. If those core beliefs are unstable and misinformed, then our lives will in turn have much instability and little understanding.

Summit is giving me a new opportunity to strengthen, and sometimes rebuild, my foundations. I know that this process is a lifelong one, but I am also realizing that how I live today is most likely how I will live forever. As Eric told us on our first day here, “Life is a habit.? I want to make a habit, starting now, of becoming the “bigger? person intellectually that I have been blessed, encouraged, and able to be. I am excited to see what the rest of this semester holds!

Blogger's Bio: A “motivated and passionate person,? Anna loves guitar, piano, song writing, baking, running, travel, climbing and building things with her hands and laughing…a lot. Anna has completed an Associates degree in English. While she is working toward her career, Anna sees the larger picture and wants to approach her future with a “kingdom mindset? and a heart for the world.

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  • September 26, 2010 // 07:03 pm //  # 
    Kim Andrews's avatar Kim Andrews

    I love this blog, Miss Annie. You have been given an amazing mind! I can remember when you were just a small child,  you were filled with questions. Why do we stop asking them?  I’m glad to know you have not stopped and are going to truly walk out the Word which says to love the Lord your God will all your heart, with all YOUR MIND and with all your soul…
    It is even challenging us back home to not be afraid to ask the questions..and to seek the Truth.  We love you!

  • October 02, 2010 // 10:12 pm //  # 
    Chip Staats's avatar Chip Staats

    Likin’ yer thought process AB….foundations MUST be challenged, now, when it’s safe, and you’re in safe surroundings - that will not always be the case..the question - the MILIION dollar question.. will always be in the midst of dark and perverse generation…“Yeah I hear what your Bible says…but what is YOUR testimony of this Jesus…??”  “What has HE done in YOUR life…?”  You have a testimony AB.  Shore the foundation and begin to articulate your story for the world..I pray the Holy Sirit’s fire and voice burn into the core of your very being…”  Love and am proud of you!!

  • October 03, 2010 // 07:52 am //  # 
    shelley merritt's avatar shelley merritt

    A mind for God’s Truth.

    A heart beating for Christ.

    Ears and eyes to see and listen to others.

    Hands to touch, heal, and serve. 

    One life that soon but a vapor.  Pour it out for what is eternally real and glorious.

    Breathe deeply of that awesome Colorado air.  Raise your arms to the sky.  You are fully alive, Anna.  You are not wasting your life. 

    I’m so proud of you!

    love you,

    aunt shell.

  • December 16, 2010 // 05:14 pm //  # 
    dress's avatar dress

    I can’t believe how much of this I just wasn’t aware of. Thank you for bringing moreinformation to this topic for me. I’m truly grateful and really impressed.

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