Blogs - Summit Semester
October 02, 2012
What is a Good Death?
What is a good death? And what good is death? These are a sample of some of the questions that Dr. Bauman has been drilling us with. If you think you have a good answer, you should probably think again. And then after that, if you still think you have a good answer, give me a call…oh wait.. good luck getting a hold of me without cell phone coverage. These questions were asked in light of the famous poem Beowulf, which is a terrific book! Well, at least the beginning of it is highly enjoyable, I have read the beginning twice. Sadly, I am a rather slow reader and something else always comes up before I can finish it. I am going to finish it, eventually. If I learn nothing else I ought to at least learn how to read well this semester! Our stacks of books look more than a little daunting, but I cannot wait for the end result! I will warn all of you parents now, BEWARE! When your kids come back they are going to be freaks, maybe even more than before!
The movie of the week was Midnight in Paris, which is a very artistic movie. The main character travels back in time to Paris in the 1920s which he believes to be the “golden age.” Eventually, he discovers that it is best to live in the present. After the movie was over we began comparing it to what we have learned in class and to Experiment in Criticism by C.S. Lewis!
Earlier on Sunday (which is our movie day just in case you were wondering) we were honored when several generous families opened their homes to us. They prepared tasty deliciousness (commonly known as food) which is of course, as you know well, what every growing young adult needs! We might not have needed all the dessert but no need to fret; we will work it off during work crews in no time. The families not only welcomed us to their homes and Internet but also into their families. It was a terrific experience to get out of our dorm rooms and go into a home experience time in a multi-generational family. We were truly blessed!
Today I was not only blessed but awe-inspired by a few of God’s masterpieces that he chose to display in Ouray, Colorado. We were able to take in the glorious fall colors for three hours each way (it was a bit of a jaunt). With every turn of the road, the view got more, and more majestic! If you have already spotted some pictures on Facebook of the colors, or even if you haven’t, I will tell you the pictures just don’t compare to the true beauty. God has truly been revealing himself to each of us through His creative genius! If you haven’t noticed yet, I really like the fall colors; I enjoy God’s artwork, and occasionally I try to copy it. It, of course, turns out terribly. Moral of the story is this: 1. your son/daughter is going to return a genius, 2. Host families are a blessing and if you ever have the opportunity to host a student do it, and 3. God is much better with art and colors than I am, and it is a very good thing that He did not put me in charge of painting the leaves.
Thank you for all your prayers!
Gratefully, Kalyn Fennig
Kalyn Fennig, 18
Kalyn’s choice to trust Jesus Christ as King and Savior has affected every area of her life. She spent last summer in Nepal and India, seeing thousands of people come to know Jesus Christ as she does. Kalyn has a passion to become a nurse missionary. She is interested in attending Indiana University East, and so decided to come to come to Summit Semester before attending a secular school. Because she wants to be a missionary in the 10/40 window, she is choosing to not attend Christian Schools so that she can enter into nations that do not allow missionaries.