Thursday, June 25, 2009

Super Summer Camo Style

I have spent the better part of this week at Ouachita Baptist University working with Super Summer 2009. Around 2000 teenagers have assembled at OBU this week for a one of a kind youth camp experience. This is my first exposure to Super Summer Arkansas and I have to say that I am extremely impressed…and it takes a lot to impress me. Randy Brantley is the state youth evangelism director and he has done a bang up job pulling off a top shelf event for the teenagers of Arkansas. My specific role and privilege has been to lead the daily Bible study sessions for graduated seniors. These are students that are just weeks away from stepping into a college classroom. I've included a picture of my group. If they look a little "odd" it's because they are all decked out, and I mean DECKED OUT, in Camo gear. Every Bible study group has a "color" to identify itself and the senior school is the "Camo" school. As you can see, they take this stuff pretty seriously! But I am telling you that these 120+ students are top of the class.

We have had sweet times of worship and serious times of looking into God's Word. Our focus has been the topic of Worldview, something that is very near and dear to my heart. I taught Worldview Philosophy to seniors for almost 10 years when I was on staff at Shiloh Christian School. We have essentially crammed a year's worth of material into 4 days. We've covered major issues and topics such as: secular humanism, socialism, cosmic humanism, moral relativism, atheism, evolution vs. creation, the abortion debate, the homosexual agenda, and a few other things along the way. Tomorrow I will wrap things up with a primer on Islam and then we will do some Q&A.

This is serious stuff we are talking about. These students are about to step onto the frontlines in a war of ideas and a clash of cultures. It is our job to make sure they have the proper gear, ammo, and provisions to fight the battle. The theme we have wrapped the entire Super Summer experience around this year has been, Love God, Love People. And that's what it's all about. We are at war for sure, but our war is not against flesh and blood (Ephesians 6) but it is a spiritual war. Flesh and blood? We are called to love people just as Jesus did.

I am encouraged this week. Based on my interaction with this fine group of Christian young men and women, I'd say the future is in good hands.


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