When students leave Summit’s summer conference experience, they set out on a journey, continuing to unpack hard questions about their faith, purpose, and identity. The two-week session is only the beginning. Some describe their two-week experience as “drinking from a fire hose” with all the information they hear and intentional conversations that they take part in. “Imagine if you could take this experience, these two weeks, and slow it down. Extend it to about three… Read More →Manhood, Community, and Summit Semester
Do you enjoy working? For the most part, coming into Semester, I didn’t. I believed that people should do their best and work for God, but, for some reason, I only applied this to jobs with salaries. So when I found out that I would have to participate in “work crews” here at Summit I was . . . hesitant. Work crews involve tasks that are assigned to us for three hour periods twice a… Read More →The Value of Work
The beach is a wonderful place: the salt water, the waves, the wind in your face . . . and the sand. The beach is a great place to spend time with loved ones, get a tan, or even relax alone. Now imagine the greatness of the beach—but without the wonderfulness of the water. The sand on your clothes. The salty wind in your face. And imagine spending the night in this place. That is… Read More →So. Much. Sand
By Tristan Lyons The Summit Semester is truly a blitz of activities and learning during the first week. Though there’s always the initial slow time of getting to know people, after a few days of fellowship, the hours really begin to blend together while relationships grow. This development has been a great experience so far, and the friendships that have arisen in such a short time are quite impressive—but more on that later. Highlights from… Read More →A Glimpse of Week One
By Lauren Sorge The students’ stay here at Snow Wolf Lodge began with anticipation, many new faces, and breathtaking scenery. We partook in a family style dinner prefaced with some introductions. The evening continued with playing some ‘get-to-know-you’ games and then called it a night early due to many people being exhausted from their long travels. The total number of students is a grand thirty-two, plus about twenty staff. Resulting in our community being about… Read More →A New Beginning
The journey goes onwards and forwards… but first let’s look back at the journey here behind us. I cannot believe it has already been three months. I don’t know if I could even do our time here justice. I don’t know how to even begin to describe to you what has happened up here in the mountains, but I will try.
I have learned much here at Semester, but learning is not the only thing that I have done. I have made some great friends as well. The students, the staff, and the faculty are truly a special group of people and it has been a joy to get to know them as well as I have. We have become more than just individuals that get along, we have become a family.
Summit Semester is coming to an end, and with the ending of all school sessions comes examinations. But even amongst the stress of the exams, it’s easy to see how the students have grown in themselves and with each other.
If the Bible is the main way God communicates with us, then imagine what our Church would be like if everyone actually read the Bible. We have a culture of devotionals or only a few verses a day. It would be like if you got a letter and you only read a couple of sentences at a time, or started the letter half way through. How effective would that be? It wouldn’t.
In considering good Bible reading, is diligence a way to combat sin that tries to keep us from reading our Bible well? Another factor that inhibits good Bible reading is pride. We can be very prideful when we assume that we already know every part of the Bible but have not actually read it.
Imagine living with thirty people for three months, getting to know everything about them — the good and the bad. Now try to imagine all the emotions that might creep up on you when you realize that you only have a week left to spend with these people before you spread out across the country.
Being alone is the scariest thing for some people, which is understandable. But during solitude time, you’re not actually alone. It’s just you, your Bible, your journal, and Him. Solitude time gives you time to stop, think, and pray. It really does have an impact on your life.