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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 need to be thinkers rather than just feelers. But even these won’t be enough by themselves.


To be effective we must also be humble. One evening my small group read a chapter on pride from C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity. The reading gave me a much better understanding of what pride is. It tears us apart. While we think we are winning against it, it grows stronger. I have seen this happening in me while I have been here. We need God to rip our pride from us, or all our good intentions and cleverness will be worth nothing. Even though I will struggle with pride my whole life, I am glad that by coming here this became clearer to me.


Besides good intentions, correct understanding, and humility, a vision of where we should be working toward is important. In his first week with us, Dr. Bauman told us to find our monsters. Each Christian has a special job to do in this fallen world. When in the Lord’s Prayer we pray “Your kingdom come,” we should also be looking to do our part in building the Lord’s kingdom now. This means that we need to fight. All the difficult issues of our society are like monsters. No one can fight them all effectively. Someone might spend his whole life diligently fighting in one area to see the monster only slightly weakened. Besides learning that I need to find specific monsters to fight, I have received some insight into which ones they should be.


Faith is also necessary for fighting the monsters.  Whatever we do, we must rely on God. We have no strength without Him. When failure, despair, or doubt comes, I must not give up. I can’t win by myself, but God gives me courage. If I am to succeed it must be through his power.


Every Sunday we go to Grace Church in Pagosa Springs. The last two sermons have been about our proneness to wander. No matter why we wander, when we do we will not be able to fight monsters. I fear that I will wander from time to time. In fact, I know I will. Though forgiven, I am still sinful. With this understanding, there is need for repentance. In our small groups, we have all discussed repentance. Repentance is not making excuses for wandering or quickly praying a casual prayer for forgiveness. It is seriously admitting and confessing your sinfulness. Only after this has been done will you be fully finished wandering, and ready to fight monsters.


I am glad I came to summit semester. I have learned a lot, and my time here is only half over. I am still uncertain of where I will go in the future, and which specific monsters I was made to fight. But, I have a better idea of where I should go, and more inspiration for the future. I am going to attack monsters, both the ones I see in me and in this world.

Blogger's Bio: Growing up on family farm, Jonathan enjoys gardening, managing his 55 gallon fish aquarium, writing, math and science.  While he is unsure what direction his interests will take him, he says “I want to study, not just because of the beauty of this intricate world, but because I must prepare to do my best to fight against the evil which has so obviously marred it.”

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  • November 04, 2010 // 08:21 am //  # 
    Aunt Marlene's avatar Aunt Marlene

    Wow Jonathan,  You are definately on your way on the journey of LIFE.  While on vacation, we keep our eyes down while we search the shores for beautiful shells and sharks teeth.  It reminded me how I usually tell myself to look up so I can rely fully on the Lord.  Going to beautiful creation also reminds of HIS wondrous work in creation all around.  Sounds like you are “looking up” and the Lord is blessing your search.  God is good.  Love, Aunt Marlene

  • November 04, 2010 // 04:45 pm //  # 
    Hilda van Drongelen's avatar Hilda van Drongelen

    Jonathan, how nice to get this glimpse at your inner thoughts, I stand in awe and am very very proud of you. Keep your eyes on Him and He will continue to guide you in whichever path you may decide to take. Keep up the good work. Love, Oma

  • November 04, 2010 // 05:50 pm //  # 
    Benjamin's avatar Benjamin

    Good Day

    Hello to Jonathan and all friends at Summit.  This journey sounds excellent for a young christian.  What an excellent way to prepare for the ups and downs in this world.  I love the way you are looking at your world view in a specific way.  To understand you own personal battles but also to realize that our God has won the ultimate battle.  I have been studying the H. Catechism with my students on Tuesday nights and that helps me alot to understand my limitations and the power of God.  I hope that you continue to dig into the truths of God’s word and that it speaks directly to you to shape your future.  Continue to enjoy your courses.

    Uncle Benj

  • November 05, 2010 // 04:07 pm //  # 
    Nellie Vander Hout's avatar Nellie Vander Hout

    I see you have an aunt, a grandmother and an uncle commenting on your blog Jonathan.  Can you tell that I alerted the whole family to your post?  I am extremely thankful that you have been able to attend Summit Semester.  Everyone is glad to hear that you are doing well.  I will continue to pray for more and more growth, in not only your faith and character, but also, in your ability to serve in the Kingdom.  Enjoy! May God bless you and others through you!  Looking forward to a Thanksgiving visit in CO.  Love, Mom

  • November 06, 2010 // 11:31 am //  # 
    Elisa's avatar Elisa

    What a great time to reflect on monsters.
    St. Michael never won against the dragon
    While we all fight the darkness now, soon the Christ child’s birthday will bring the light back.  I’m glad you are enjoying your special time for reflection and study.
    Aunt Elisa

  • December 02, 2010 // 09:58 am //  # 
    Diane Geerlinks's avatar Diane Geerlinks


    When I saw your title, I couldn’t help but think of Beowulf and his fight against the monster, Grendel. His struggle to fight this monster was a difficult one, but he demonstrated humility and an ultimate trust in God.

    We, as Christians, are called to monster fighting! And, with God’s help, in humility, we can overcome these forces.

    “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against… the powers of this dark work and the spiritual forces of evil” Eph. 6:12

    I’m very excited to hear all that God is doing in you and through you. I know He has a great plan for you!

  • October 18, 2011 // 06:57 pm //  # 
    seo's avatar seo

    If your really badly stuck for Exp though, and don’t want to bother with Slayer, try Fire giants. They can be found in Brimhaven Slayer dungeon, and give decent enough drops, and they’re decent enough creatures to fight.

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