September 19, 2019

Work to the Glory of God: A Biblical Work Ethic

Hi everyone, As many of you may know, I started a new (and my first) job this past week. I praise God for his blessings and kindness in providing me this job, in his perfect timing. Today though, I was reminded of an important topic that we often talk about, but may not always consider in a biblical context; I am talking about the idea of a good work ethic and working hard. Many in our culture today are hard workers. They raise the bar, but many have still missed it. Why? Because they are not working to the glory of God.

“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” -1 Corinthians 10:31

Some may ask the question, “Why should I work hard?” or “Why does it matter if I just get by?” It matters because we are to do EVERYTHING to the glory of God and as unto the Lord. In my job I am doing a number of different things like setting up for events, doing dishes, sweeping, mopping, etc.  Even in those kinds of jobs my desire is (and should be) to do it to bring honor, glory, and praise to Him and do it as if He had ask me to do it himself.

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ” -Colossians 3:23-24

Some people may not be asking the questions of why they should work hard. Instead, they do but their work is for for their own satisfaction, self-promotion, or glory. Some people may work hard for a promotion, because they need to keep a job, or to get a raise. God requires more of us! As Christians, we should be setting an example of excellence because we desire to do all that we do we do to our God, our Lord, our savior.

I hope this has given you some things to think about. I want to challenge you to do all to His glory! It’s like the catechism says: Q. What is mans’ chief end? A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.

The Youth Sub-Culture By Haley Dempsey

(Below is a paper I wrote for a competitive scholarship called the Wilberforce Scholarship at Covenant College. I had to write a paper and identify something that I saw as wrong in our culture and explain how I would address that problem through my desired career.)

When her father departed for the West Indies, Eliza Lucas was left alone with the daunting task of managing her father’s multiple plantations while also caring for her three younger siblings. Eliza met the task with great determination and eventually became one of early America’s greatest business leaders. Through her innovation she developed strains of indigo that could be exported to England and helped to increase trade in the American colonies. Her achievements with developing the indigo plant, from an unsuccessful crop in the South to the second largest export out of the colonies, earned her the place as the first woman inducted into the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame. Because of the contributions she made to the American colonies, both economically and during the American Revolution, none other than President George Washington requested to be a pallbearer at her funeral. What is even more amazing is that Eliza Lucas began this remarkable journey at the age of sixteen!

For the first time in history, those who fall between the ages of thirteen and eighteen – rather than experiencing a rite of passage into adulthood – are caught in the cultural norm where little to nothing is expected of them. These years are often wasted by teenagers and seem to be a vacation from responsibility, characterized by a youth subculture that caters to the whims of teens with their own dress, language, music, vocabulary and identity – completely separate from their parents and adult responsibilities.  This mindset has hurt our nation by extending childhood into the adult years and producing a generation of children in adult bodies.  Unlike Eliza, today’s teens are ill-equipped to face the challenges and responsibilities of adulthood.

What happened in our culture to create such a low standard of expectations for teenagers? In the 1900’s laws were passed that protected children from dangerous work conditions and required them to get an education. While these laws were necessary and the writers had good intentions, they produced unforeseen consequences for the future; they created a new category of people known as teenage adolescents who are stuck in a stage between childhood and adulthood. This group eventually became characterized, for the most part, as rebellious, irresponsible, and juvenile. In the past – in every culture around the world – parents raised their children to become adults who were prepared for life and ready to accept the responsibilities of adulthood. Today, however, many children are encouraged to continue in their childhood for as long as possible and do their best to avoid assuming the responsibilities of an adult.

To reform the thinking of parents and teenagers is a formidable task: it stands in direct opposition to the media, entertainment, educational and societal influences that constantly reinforce the unbiblical idea of the youth subculture. God’s calling on my life, to teach middle school English and history, will enable me to have an impact on the way our society thinks of teenagers – and more importantly the way they view themselves.

The first and most important way to see teenagers become mature young adults is by encouraging parents to lead faithfully in their homes. Parents define standards, enforce rules, set expectations, and can restrict the negative influence of the youth subculture at home. As a teacher I can work with parents to view and treat their children as young adults and bring that same mindset into the classroom. I can also provide newsletters to parents with ideas on adult responsibilities to give to students and organize workshops designed to help parents equip their teens for adulthood.

The most significant way I can influence teenagers to become young adults is in the classroom. Many teenagers – even Christian teens – have never been challenged to consider God’s calling to put away childish things and seriously pursue excellence in everything they do. This was the admonition of Paul to young Timothy in 1 Tim. 4:12 when he wrote, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.” This can be applied practically in everything from writing papers, giving speeches or how students converse with each other. Requiring a standard of excellence in the classroom will stretch students beyond their comfort zones – but not beyond their capabilities – and show them that they can achieve more than they would have expected.

Another way to influence my students as a teacher would be by organizing mentoring relationships through the school. These relationships would pair older, responsible young adults with younger teenagers. This would give younger students role models to follow, provide accountability, and give opportunities to be influenced by exceptional young people rather than simply going along with the crowd. This mentoring program would also reinforce the importance of choosing wise friends and counsel as the Bible says in Prov. 13:20, “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.”

One of the final ways I could have an influence on teenagers through my career would be to require involvement in extracurricular activities that shift the focus of teens from themselves and onto other people and stretch them beyond their comfort zones and perceived capabilities. Examples include volunteering on a political campaign, working on community projects, providing meals for the homeless, spearheading a fundraising campaign for a worthy cause, taking on a home project, running errands for elderly neighbors, or adopting an underprivileged family for the holidays. As teens are involved in activities that help others, they will see beyond themselves and learn that the world does not revolve around them. This is critical in order to overcome the natural self-centeredness of today’s teen. These activities can be coordinated through multiple sources such as parents, schools, churches and community organizations.

The ideas that I talk about are not simply theoretical, but they have been practically worked out in my own life. From the time I was old enough to sit on a pew by myself, my dad took my brothers and me to a local homeless mission where he preached several times per month. We did this every month for almost eleven years. When we would go, we would arrive an hour early to talk to the men and stay an hour or more after the service to eat a meal with them and really get to know them. We went even though there were never other children there. Although I did not realize it at the time, God was preparing my heart to have a desire to help other people and to become more focused on others rather than myself. In more recent years our church has had a ministry at a retirement home where every Lord’s Day evening one of our pastors goes to preach to the elderly. God has given me a great love for this ministry to the elderly folks who I am able to talk to and get to know. The Lord has used these experiences to help shape my thinking and fuel my passion to see teenagers rise up to be godly young adults.

And along with this desire, he has given me several opportunities to be an influence in the lives of many teenagers right now. One of the ways he has done this is through my Facebook page called “I’m A Teenager Living for Jesus.” Through this page I reach over 1,200 fans on a daily basis – and call teenagers to higher aspirations than what the world today expects or thinks they can achieve. Another way God has opened a door for me to have an influence in the lives of teens has been through starting an accountability group with some friends from church. Once a week we email each other what we have been reading in the Bible as well as prayer requests. It has been an encouragement to connect more deeply with girls who have a desire to pursue God and live for Him when so many in the world desire to only live for themselves. And through our example other friends have started similar groups in their own churches. I pray that as I continue to grow, the Lord will open more opportunities for me to encourage others to live their lives as young adults right where God has placed them.

God is calling young people to a higher standard than what the world has set for teenagers. He is calling them to stand against the culture, to be young adults like Eliza, and to demonstrate character, integrity, and a wholehearted desire to pursue the things of God right now.  Through teaching I want to help change the thinking of not only teenagers, but the thinking of parents, schools, churches, and local communities to see that the group between the ages of thirteen and eighteen should be viewed and treated as young adults. If even one community changed its thinking on this issue, it would have radical results.

Bearing Christ’s Image

Romans 12:1-2

Romans 12:1-2

Hi everyone! I hope you had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! For my first post of this year I wanted to write about how we as Christians are to be image bearers of Christ. When people look at us and our lives they should in us a reflection of Christ and his characteristics in us. I’ll give you a very practical example of this.

A couple weeks ago two of my brothers and I went into a convenient store by ourselves. When we were paying the clerk asked us who our parents were. I told her and she said she knew them and that she asked because Andrew looked like my dad. Because of Andrew’s resemblance to my dad she knew whose family we were a part of. It should be the same way with Christ. People should see us and know we are a Christian because we bear the characteristic of our Savior.

I pray that this year we might be more conformed to the image of Christ so that those in this world might look at us and say, “They are a Christian. They bear the characteristics of Jesus Christ.”  I hope this is your desire for this year! I believe Romans 12:1-2 would be good for every Christian to meditate on daily.

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” -Romans 12:1-2

An Eternal Dichotomy

2 Corinthians 4:18

2 Corinthians 4:18

The dichotomy between a life lived for the glory of God and a life lived with no thought or concern for God could not have been any more clearly illustrated than it was to me this week. In the past month I have attended the funerals of two men. One, whose purpose and goal in life was to become more like Christ and glorify God through his life. The other lived his life to gratify the deeds of the flesh with no concern whatsoever for the things of God. This is an eternal dichotomy between a person whose trust was in Christ and a person whose trust was not in Christ.

The first man I mentioned was a member of our church; his name was Mr. Roney. Christ was the center of his life. By God’s grace alone, because it cannot be mustered up by man, Mr. Roney lived his life in light of eternity. Mr. Roney had Christ, not in some abstract way, but in the reality of a relationship with him. Now his trust, which was once by faith is now by sight. Even in the sorrow of his death, I know that he is with the Lord and have the hope that he will one day rise again from the dead, and have a body like Christ’s. (Phil. 3:20-21)

The second man of whom I spoke was my Grandfather. My grandfather’s life was characterized by a willful rebellion against God and by the gratification of the deeds of the flesh. He did not live with eternity in mind but rather his own pleasure. As far as we know, my grandfather passed away without Christ. To know Christ as your savior and have a relationship with him is the most important thing we can be concerned with because whether or not we do has eternal implications.

There are only two options for people: you are either in Christ or you are not. You either spend eternity with Christ in glory, or you endure the wrath of God forever and ever. The lives these men lived are in stark contrast, and their deaths show us the consequences of their spiritual states. I would encourage you if you are reading this and you don’t know Christ, seek after him! Pray that he would save you from your sins. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 6:2, “Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” If you are reading this and you are a Christian, I would encourage you to give your everything for Christ. Don’t live your life serving Christ half-heartedly. He has called us to give up everything and follow him.

Related Books
A Taste of Heaven   The Forever People   Jonathan Edwards on Heaven and Hell   The Secret Key to Heaven

How I Became a Christian

God blessed me to be born into a Christian home with parents whose desire was to see their children walking with Christ. I have grown up both home-schooled and in Christian school, learning Bible verses, and going to church whenever the doors were open. I had always heard about Jesus but never really considered my own standing before God because I was a good kid by outward standards.

When I was about eight years old, God began to do a work in my heart to draw me to himself. I do not remember everything, but I remember having a lot of questions about God, Heaven, Hell, sin, and salvation. Nearly every evening for weeks, when my dad got home from work, we would sit and talk about the things of God, and he would answer my questions. I do not know the exact day and month when God saved me, but I do know that at some point I began trusting in Christ and not in the fact that I was better than others, or went to church, or had Christian parents. I had a desire for the things of God that I never had before. I wanted to read my Bible, pray, fellowship with God’s people, and worship God and I pray God would give me grace to continue to grow in intimate knowledge of him.

I believe God is calling me to serve him in missions. I want to be able to teach – on the mission field. I don’t know what this looks like or where the Lord will lead, but my desire is to prepare myself – the best I can – for whatever the Lord has planned for my life

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No Matter Who is President, Jesus is King

I just heard the announcement this evening that President Obama was re-elected for a second term as President of the United States. When I first heard the news, like many others I was disappointed – an understatement, I know. Then my thoughts were turned back to God and how He works everything according to His will, the good of His people, and how He is in absolute control of what is going on. I am afraid that many Christians will be of the mindset that because our chosen presidential candidate did not win, all hope is lost. But what is that really saying? It is saying that a man, who happens to have won a presidential race, is bigger and more powerful than God, and therefore we will place our hope in an office and not in God.

Does anyone see what is wrong here? Our hope should be in nothing but in God alone! Apart from God we have no hope of anything! We cannot expect change to come to this nation through the election of a man, no matter which candidate. The only way our nation can truly change is through Christ. Only Christ can change men’s hearts and lives.

A post I saw on Facebook sums up what I am saying quite well:

“While I obviously don’t agree with the presidential outcome, Christians need to remember this: voting a moral man in as President will do nothing for this country. Only Christ can change the hearts of wicked men; and don’t be mistaken our country is defiantly wicked. How much more should we evangelize the lost around us. Is Christ not more capable of changing this country than a man behind a desk? I know I’m guilty of this, but how many people could we have reached with the gospel if we shared it as much as our political posts…the only “hope for change” this country has is Christ and Christ alone.”

In the following days remember that Christ is our only hope, and God holds the hearts of kings in his hands and turns them as He wills. (Prov. 21:1) Also consider Psalm 118:8-9, “It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes.” I hope this is an encouragement to you.

Pro-Life vs. Pro-Choice

20 Week Fetus

The topic of abortion is a big deal in our country today. On the one hand there are the pro-choice supporters who say a woman has the right to choose whether she has an abortion, and on the other hand there are the pro-life supporters who say that abortion takes the life of an innocent, defenseless human being . Which position is right? In this post I want to explain why I believe the pro-life position is right.

One of the biggest objections to the pro-life position says that a woman has a right to choose whether or not she will have an abortion, and pro-lifers should not try to take that right away from her. At this you might ask, “Well, where does the right to have an abortion come from?” To which they would reply, “The government.” “If abortion used to be illegal and the government gave you the right to have an abortion then the government has the right to take that right away.” “Well, we have an intrinsic right to an have an abortion!” What people who argue this way do not realize is that they are denying the humanity of the unborn in the womb. If the unborn is NOT human then of course we can abort it, but IF the unborn is a human being it has a right to life because all human beings are valuable and are made in the image of God. The right to ‘chose’ does not justify the killing of millions of innocent human beings.

Some might object and say that the fetus in the womb can’t be human. I’m pretty sure you all would say that a newborn is a human being. There are four differences between fetuses and newborns that people use to argue for abortion. They are: Size, Level or Development, Environment, and Degree of Dependency. The acronym to remember this is S.L.E.D. Let’s look at each one of them.

Size: Would you agree that the fetus is smaller then the newborn? Yes, it is! Many people would ask how something that is the size of a dot be a human being. I would say so you believe large people are more human than smaller people. Men are typically larger than women are, so do they have more rights than women do? No. Therefore size is not a factor in saying that the unborn is not human.

Level of Development: A question to keep in mind with this is, “Does self-awareness and intelligence define us as human beings?” Pro-Choice supporters would argue saying, “How can you call something human that is not self-aware and does not have a functioning brain human?” If self-awareness and intelligence define who we are as human beings that means those who are more intelligent  have greater rights over those who are less intelligent. When we are born we have very little intelligence and self-awareness; as we grow we gain more, and as we age we begin to lose our intelligence and self-awareness. Do we therefore become more and less human throughout our lifetime. This is not true and therefore the level of development is not a factor in the humanity of the fetus.

 Environment: Another common objection to the pro-life view is that the fetus is not human until it is born. Does “who” you are have anything to do with “where” you are? If I were to place you on the moon would you be any less human there than you are here on earth? You get out of bed in the morning and go to work: are you any less human because you changed your location? No! How does it follow, then, that the travel of the unborn fetus down the birth canal transforms a non-human clump of cells into a living human being who has the right to life.

Degree of Dependency: Yet another argument used to support abortion is that until the fetus is viable it is not human. If our ability to live independent of anyone or anything is what makes us human, there is a big problem. What about the people in the world who are dependent on things like insulin or pacemakers? According to this logic we may kill anyone who is dependent on insulin, a pacemaker, or anything else because they are not completely independent and therefore are less human than everybody else.

There are only these four differences between the unborn and those who are born and none of these different justify the killing of the unborn child.

Scott Klusendorf Arguing Against Abortion Using the S.L.E.D Acronym 

Related Books

Abortion: A Rational Look at an Emotional Issue

Healing after Abortion: God’s Mercy Is for You

Abortion: Open Your Mouth for the Dumb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please keep a look out for part two of this important series on abortion!

“All Things Work Together for Good…”

Romans 8:28

Christian, does it ever seem that things going on in your life aren’t going on for your good? The Bible says in Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God.” But how can that be? How can things like the death of a close family member, losing one’s job, or developing a serious illness be for the good of the Christian? Many Christians today have the wrong definition of good. When Paul in Romans 8 talked about “good,” he was not talking about our comfort, health, or wealth. For the believer good means to be made like Christ and in the process accomplish the plans God has for us as well as for others. So when the Christian loses a close family member God often uses that situation to teach the believer certain truths, to refine him, or to draw him closer to Himself. The apostle Paul was no stranger to hardship and endured stoning, imprisonment, and rejection which would not seem to be for his good, but they were. Paul was imprisoned in Philipi and that is where the Philippian jailer was converted. In prison Paul was also able to write to the churches that he was not able to visit as well as spend more time in prayer for them. God used Paul while he was in prison and Paul knew God had a purpose for him there. From prison Paul was instrumental in the Gospel going throughout the world. So when you are in a trial wondering how it could possibly be for your good, remember God uses it to accomplish his will and to make you more like Christ.

The Power of Communication – A Call for Bold Christians

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Speak Out!

Hey everyone! Well, as expected after returning home from Summit there are so many topics that I could and want to write about. Things that I learned at Summit or things I have become aware of since coming home. I hope to write them all eventually but will deal with just one today! In this post, I want to talk about the power of communication.

Have you ever wondered why it is that those who are the minorities in the United States such as atheists or supporters of homosexuality are able to get their agendas passed and completed? Have you ever wondered why the Christian values that you believe in that used to be promoted in our culture are disappearing and are often looked down on? I believe the reason for this is that Christians are not standing up and speaking out for what they believe in and are not proclaiming the truth of the scripture. While at the same time these other groups who represent a small portion of Americans loudly proclaim what they stand for -whether it be for pro-choice, for the legalization of marriage of a couple of the same sex or whatever it be- and cause change toward their goals because they are the only ones heard and they are heard loud and clear. What we need to do as Christians is to be bold and have courage to stand up for what we believe in. Our boldness as Christians to proclaim what is right and true does not come from the facts that we have a right to say what we think in this country or we are passionate about what we are sharing. Our boldness comes from the fact that when we speak up with the truth claims of God we know we have a God who is sovereign and who uses His truth to change the hearts on men. Those who would make claims apart from what God has said in His word do not have the power of God behind them.

Some might say, “It won’t matter if I speak out anyway. It won’t make any difference!” If standing up for and speaking out for what you believe in does not have any affect then why is it that speech has ever been restricted in any nation? Why was free speech censored under the Nazi Germany? I saw one website that answered the question like this, “The aim of censorship under the Nazi regime was simple: to reinforce Nazi power and to suppress opposing  viewpoints and information.” If the people have no power to speak out against something they have no power to prevent or change it.  If we do not speak out against evil when we are permitted to we are not better than those who did not speak because they were forbidden to.

I want to encourage you, that as we where we have the right to free speech to exercise that right. I am getting tired of hearing Christians today bemoaning the state of our country but do nothing to change it! They sit at home and watch the news and just hope Jesus comes back soon. Stand up against the evils in our nation and tell people the truth of the gospel. Our desire in confronting evil is not for political or that through speaking the gospel people would come to know Jesus Christ as their savior for “the gospel is the power of God unto Salvation.” (Romans 1:16) As we proclaim the truth of God’s Word we do so in love desiring to see souls saved. Christian, realize that being a child of God He will strengthen you and be with you. Speak boldly, speak the truth, and speak it in love.

A few related verses are:

  • “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” -Deuteronomy 31:6
  • “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,” -Psalm 46:1-2
  • “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” -Psalm 27:1
  • “fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Behold, all who are incensed against you shall be put to shame and confounded; those who strive against you shall be as nothing and shall perish. You shall seek those who contend with you, but you shall not find them; those who war against you shall be as nothing at all. For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.'” -Isaiah 41:10-13
  • “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.” -Ephesians 6:10

My Experience at Summit’s Worldview Camp

Summit Graduation 2012

Hey everyone! I wanted to take some time today to share with you about Summit Ministries Worldview camp that I attended for two weeks. My time at Summit was probably the most important two weeks of my life. It was a great blessing to me and I hope as I share some of the things I learned It is a blessing to you as well!

I got home a week from Saturday (July 28th) from spending two weeks with 280 other students at Summit at Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee. At Summit I spent a total of 55 hours in lectures and open forums (Q&A with the speakers.) That is not even counting the hour of small group time I had every night.

For those of you who are not familiar with Summit according to their website Summit is “a Student Worldview Conference that is an intensive two week retreat designed to teach students how to analyze the various ideas that are currently competing for their hearts and minds.” Summit has been around for 50 years and today is viewed as one of the largest leaders in training and and equipping Christians in the areas of apologetics, worldview analysis, and social engagement. Summit has ten two-week conferences every year at various locations around the country. Their  locations include: Bryan College in Dayton Tennessee, Cedarville University in Cedarville Ohio, Liberty University in Lynchburg Virginia as well as at their headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Over 2,000 students graduate from Summit every year.    ___________________________________________________________________________________________________

Me Sharing about Summit with my Church

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At Summit we had a total of 21 speakers, all of whom were fantastic! Some of the speakers that you may recognize include: John Stonestreet, Sean McDowell, Dr. Del Tackett, Scott Klusendorf, Dr. Jeff Myers, Dr. Ken Turner and Alex McFarland to name a few. At Summit it is hard to pick a favorite speaker because they are all so good! Most people at camp could choose their top three or top five but not a single person. My top five would probably be:

  • John Stonestreet- Is a speaker, writer, cultural commentator and collaborator on worldview initiatives. Mr. Stonestreet is also the host of The Point, a daily national radio program.  He has also worked with Summit ministries a the Chuck Colson Center for years.
  • Scott Klusendorf- Is the president of Life Training Institute and travels the United States and Canada training pro-life advocates to defend their views. He has also author of Pro-Life 101 and The Case for Life.
  • Dr. Ken Turner- Is the Professor of Bible at Bryan College
  • Dr. Del Tackett- Is the teacher of the Truth Project, he has recently wrote and co-hosted the television series Cross Examine which presents biblical worldview teaching through the use of real-life stories and is the executive Vice President of Focus on the Family.
  • Dr. Jeff Myers-Is the President of Summit Ministries. He has appeared on Fox News and other media programs. Dr. Myers has been described as being a fresh voice offering humor and insight from a Christian worldview.

There were numerous things that I learned at Summit that I could share with you but there were three main things that I thought I would share with you.

John Stonestreet and Me

One of the things that I learned at Summit that really stuck out to me was in our very first session with John Stonestreet. In his first session Mr. Stonestreet made the statement that, “No information is neutral; information has ideas” and also, “Every cultural expression communicates worldview ideas.” This was a big things because as he pointed out, everyone has a worldview, whether they know it or not, and we need to be careful to evaluate the worldviews (information and ideas) we are taking in because if we don”t we will accept whatever worldviews are communicated to us through things like movies, tv shows, books, music, etc.

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Scott Klusendorf

The second thing that really stood out to me were in Scott Klusendorf’s sessions on pro-life. He did not present the defence of the life of the unborn child by trying to prove abortion is wrong from the Bible because a non-christian would have no reason to listen anyway. Instead he rests his case on two points: What is the unborn? and What makes humans valuable? Is or is not the unborn human? He argues that if the unborn are not human than we can abort it and it is no different than pulling a tooth, but if it is the unborn is human we can not. He went on later to give us three questions to help in a discussion with someone about abortion. They are: 1. What did you mean by that? 2. How did you come to that conclusion? 3. Have you considered the implications of your view? Mr. Klusendorf told us that there were three purposes with these questions: 1. To gather information so you can accurately understand your critic’s view. 2.To reverse the burden of prof to the other person. 3. To show your critic must pay to high a price to hold his view. Mr. Klusendorf’s sessions were extremely helpful and practical in understanding and defending the pro-life position.

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Me and Dr. Ken Turner

The final thing I want to share with you was a big theme throughout many of our sessions and it was the idea of the metanarrative, the big picture of the Bible. Also, along those lines was knowing how we should read the Bible. Dr. Ken Turner dealt with these topics in multiple sessions. Dr. Turner dealt with understanding the metanarratice of the Bible being the: Creation, Fall, and Redemption and how we are to see this big picture throughout the Bible. He also dealt with how to read the Bible. Dr. Turner’s points on how to read the Bible were:

  • That the Bible was meant to be read in large portions at a time.
  • To be committed to the authorial intent (authors  original intent)
  • To understand the historical contest of a passage (details, occasion/purpose)
  • The literary context (structure, genre)
  • The theological context
  • Read the parts in light of the whole.

My time at Summit was probably the most important two weeks of my life. It helped me to better understand the beliefs and worldviews I will be and am being faced with. It helped me to understand how to engage with someone who has different beliefs than I do on multiple topics as well as having met some awesome people who I hope to know for the rest of my life. There have already been a few times where I have heard something after getting home and been like, yep we talked about that at Summit and discussed what the ideas and worldview behind that are. If you are able to go to Summit let me encourage you to do it. I think It would amazing if every young adult could go to Summit because I think it is so important that they understand what they will face in the world and are prepared to engage the world for Christ.

If you have any questions about Summit or anything I have mentioned above comment below or send me a message from my contact page! I hope this was an encouragement to you!