By: Sarah Sawyers, TX
I left the Colorado Springs airport after two weeks at Summit Conference feeling enlightened. Not the type the infamous hippie-esque downtown Manitou Springs would define as “enlightened.” Dr. Jeff Meyers definitely warned all of us about the New Spiritualist “enlightenment”.
So what was that enlightenment? In the Enlightenment period of history, culture thought to define meaning through reason in order to understand more. In this period of my life, Summit became the tool to understand more of what I believed through God-inspired and created reason.
In Alan Shlemon’s talk entitled ‘Tactics for Defending our Faith’, he introduced a concept that if I had to forget everything I learned at Summit, I would want to remember his lecture the most. He presented to us the concept of Columbo questions. Named after the TV show detective who was known to ask honest questions in order to crack down on hard cases, these questions are a universal tool to help understand the world around you. When confronted with a conflicting belief, the Columbo questions allow you to ask “What?” and “Why?” others believe what they believe. When I learned this, I realized that I had a timeless tool that would help me converse with other opinions that went against my own, something I had been searching for. I had always wanted to learn the secrets that helped every great apologist stay calm against a comment that was hard to defend. And here it was, in a two-week conference nestled in the beautiful mountains of Colorado. I learned how to exercise the composure of apologists in a way that even Jesus used. Questions that pointed people to the truth in love as called for in the Bible.
In the end, I was grateful that God gave me the opportunity to explore what reason truly is. I was truly blessed to explore it with such a fun and delightful group of people! From small groups and events to the wonderful staff, God allowed me to dive deep into His reason and closer to Him with everyone I talked to. I laughed hard and learned harder.