By Micah Berberich (Colorado) I do not think I realized when first signing up for Summit Semester how rare of a community it truly is. Initially, I referred to it in jest as a kind of social experiment, and in a sense that is exactly what it is. That a community as authentic and as rare as this one should upon the first impression be considered nothing less than an anomaly, an unnatural experience so uncommon… Read More →Community, Balance, and Taco Bell Chalupas
By Kayleen Ramsey (California) With arms full of a blanket and bag full of books I trudge through the grass and stones, a chattering squirrel my only companion, Into the trees and downward slowly finally resting in the woodland valley where all the gold has pooled. Thank you Lord for making Autumn Solitude time. Ah. To find a space in the peace of the forest To clear one’s mind as the leaves slowly,… Read More →Solitude Time: A Poem
In this month’s RZIM Ask Away Podcast, Vince and Jo Vitale discuss a lot of thought-provoking questions about heaven. How does someone get into heaven? What is heaven? What is the minimum requirement to get into heaven? If Hitler were to repent of his actions on his death bed, would he get into heaven? On one point, Vince and Jo seem to agree that it is not our good or bad actions that are the… Read More →Good Enough for Heaven?
By Morgan Showalter (Virginia) Around the fireplace in the lodge, we all gathered for the awaited moment – the assignment of characters for our impromptu reenactment of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. “Who will be Hermia, Lysander, Puck?” Eventually, all the characters were decided, with our speaker Mr. Matt Anderson staking claim to Nick Bottom (the most important character in the play, he would argue). Everyone followed along with their own copy of the play while… Read More →The Lost Art of Reading Well
By Michael DePiazza (Arizona) This past week I had the pleasure of taking a vow of silence with several fellow students. The rules were basic (or so it seemed): no talking for two full days so we could read our bibles and pray. For many of us, this was a daunting task, as we were a talkative group in the first place. This difficulty proved itself as the first day went on. The time was amazing,… Read More →A Vow of Silence
By Sam Ingalls (Connecticut) Coming into Summit Semester, there was a lot I wasn’t aware the class would be doing, such as adventures, trips, solitude times, and work crews. My first thought when I heard that we’d be doing a work crew for a few hours every Tuesday and Friday was, “whoa, whoa, hold on… I did not sign up for this.” “whoa, whoa, hold on… I did not sign up for this.” How selfish is… Read More →A Biblical View of Work
By Eliezar Maldonado (Texas) A normal person probably would not choose to live in close proximity with 32 strangers for twelve weeks in the mountains and also ask to be challenged every day intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. But that’s Summit Semester! It’s been crazy, confusing and hard at times but also an answer to my prayers. I have grown, learned to love others better, and appreciated my God more. I am incredibly thankful and appreciative of… Read More →Dr. Gary Hartenburg: Philosophy at Semester
By Christian Wood (Vermont) As time goes on there comes a time in everyone’s life where there is some kind of discomfort, an overwhelming feeling that something isn’t right. This feeling can be anything; a place of feeling vulnerable, playing a position in a sports game you are not used to, being in an uncomfortable seat, or having people in your home that you’ve never met before. Summit Semester has been a place of almost every… Read More →The Ups and Downs of Alumni Weekend
How should Christians handle apparent biblical contradictions? “We’ve got to make sure that we understand not only the context in which the author is intending it, not just understanding the historical ramification… but [are] there other passages of Scripture that maybe speak to this very topic at hand?” — Jason Jimenez, Founder and President, Stand Strong Ministries In this video, Jason Jimenez offers helpful strategies for Christians to consider when interpreting difficult biblical passages. This… Read More →Video: How should Christians handle apparent biblical contradictions?
How can Christians begin to engage with and change the culture? “We sometimes want to change the world and forget to change our community.” — Jennifer Marshall, Vice President, The Heritage Foundation In this video, Jennifer Marshall highlights the need for local change that often gets overlooked by those of us who are focused on changing the entire world. This video is part of a series titled “Answers to Your Questions”. These videos answer the… Read More →Video: How can Christians begin to engage with and change the culture?
This video by Tim Barnett highlights some crucial points about the relationship between science and Christianity. Many of the founders of modern science actually became scientists because they expected nature to be orderly and intelligible, as the result of it’s creation by an orderly, intelligent creator. Despite what many people say today, Christianity and science are not competing explanations for the natural world, but rather, belief in God fueled the curiosity about the world that became… Read More →Christianity: The Fuel for Modern Science
By Rose Rumpel (Florida) It has always been my belief that the heart of every good home is the kitchen and, as my temporary home, Summit Semester has not disappointed. Usually, when catering to large groups of people, the kitchen is generally off limits and the cooks are in the background. This is not the case at Summit. Here, the kitchen is a central part of life. It is open for students to use or hang out… Read More →The Summit Semester Kitchen