The Crux | February 16, 2016

“Why is God landing in this enemy-occupied world in disguise and starting a sort of secret society to undermine the devil? Why is He not landing in force, invading it? Is it that He is not strong enough? Well, Christians think He is going to land in force; we do not know when. But we can guess why He is delaying. He wants to give us the chance of joining His side freely.” – C.S. Lewis, The Case for Christianity

It’s easy to criticize God for His way of doing things, until we try to improve them! Take the end of the world for instance. Why is God leaving us here so long? Why not end it all and take us up to Heaven?

One reason is that the moment Jesus returns is the moment when the window of choice for all humanity closes. I know that for those around me who don’t know Christ, I want that window to remain open as long as possible. As much as I want the Lord to return, I also want my brother, my sister, my unsaved friends, and each person who doesn’t yet know Him to learn His ways and surrender their lives to Him!

So there it is: we are to live and act in a way that we are ready for Jesus to return at any moment, and yet be patient if that doesn’t happen during our time on earth! In the meantime, we have the opportunity to creatively share God’s mercy and love with our lost and dying world.

So we work… and worship!


Tuesday, February 16 • 6:30PM | Tuesday Night Online Small Group – We meet weekly on Tuesday nights at 6:30PM. If you’re in the Kokomo area, feel free to swing by Criterion Water Labs (329 E. Firmin St., Kokomo). Otherwise, tune in online at We’ll be studying the book of Romans, and discussing the news of the day! (You will need a free Zoom account; you can sign up for one at See more on Afikomag & Facebook!

Wednesday, February 17 • 4PM EST | Dr. Jeff Myers Webcast – Starting something? Tune into Dr. Jeff Myers’ free webcast on leadership. Reserve your spot today!

Thursday, February 18 | “Risen” Movie (and Dinner!) – In each and every generation, God’s word rings true: “[T]hose who seek me find me.” Join us as we watch the film Risen, which traces the fictional history of a Roman soldier intent on disproving the disciples’ claim that Jesus was raised from the dead. It is rated PG-13 for Biblical violence, including some disturbing images. You may recognize the main actor, Joseph Fiennes, from his role as Martin Luther in the film Luther!

Learn more about the film on The Blaze as well as on Facebook and Twitter!

5:30PM – Meet for dinner at Criterion Water Labs (329 E. Firmin St., Kokomo); bring a dish to share!
7:00PM – Meet at the AMC Showplace Kokomo 12 (1530 E. Blvd., Kokomo) to watch Risen

Check it out on the events page & on Facebook!


Thursday–Saturday, March 31–April 2 • $50-65 | Midwest Great Homeschool Convention | Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati, OH – The Great Homeschool Convention is a fantastic weekend for believers of all ages. This year’s midwest conference starts March 31st in Cincinnati and will feature stellar speakers like John Stonestreet and a massive exhibit hall where ministries like Wycliffe Bible Translators will gather. Thinking about going? Dr. Jay Wile is offering a special discount that expires at midnight on Wednesday, February 17th! Read more about the Great Homeschool Convention on their website!

Saturday, April 16 • 9AM-5PM • $25 | ReMix | Indian Creek Christian Church, 6430 S. Franklin Rd., Indianapolis – ReMix is a collaborative gathering for anyone and everyone involved in creating the worship experience in your local church. Senior ministers, worship arts staff and volunteers, tech folks, band members, vocal worship leaders, choir members, and other creatives are invited to join us. We long to see worship thriving in the local church and this conference is where that can begin. Come join us for a high quality, low-cost, one-day, intensive team experience and see how your worship ministry can flourish! For more information, visit the conference website. Lunch is included in the registration cost. Reserve your spot today!

Thursday, April 21 • 6:30-9PM • $60 | David Limbaugh in Indy | JW Marriott Downtown Indy • 10 S. West St., Indianapolis
Join David Limbaugh in person at the annual Celebration of Life Banquet. This banquet is hosted by Life Centers (Indianapolis’ faith-based pregnancy resource centers) and will include dinner, ministry updates, client testimonies, as well as the keynote speaker David Limbaugh. Pete Heck will once again be the emcee and Tom Shevlot, Executive Director of Life Centers, will give his annual update on the ministry and share some exciting news about the future of Life Centers. See more on Afikomag & Facebook!

Thursday, April 21 | Christian Medical & Dental Association (CMDA) National Convention | Ridgecrest, NC – This convention provides great opportunities for healthcare professionals to “Transform Our Culture” by fellowshipping with other professionals, learning about current health and social issues, renewing their faith through worship, and networking with exhibiting organizations. See their website for more information!

Thursday–Saturday, April 21-23 • 9AM-5PM | Be in Health | Kalahari Resort, 7000 Kalahari Dr., Sandusky, Ohio – Be in Health is a ministry that helps people renew their minds by overcoming accusation, bitterness, rejection, and other entrenched attitudes. For more information, check out their website!

Friday & Saturday, April 22-23 | Blush | Oakbrook Church, Kokomo – Face it…who doesn’t enjoy receiving a great gift, especially one that’s beautifully wrapped! Have you ever considered that God’s love for you is that perfect gift? BLUSHand Ashley Hicks share a passion to encourage, empower and educate young girls in understanding what a precious gift they truly are!  Because of God’s love for us, He desires us to seek purity in all areas of our lives and to understand that purity is a lifestyle.  The way we communicate, the way we dress, and the way we relate to others is a reflection of our heart. Join us for THE GIFT as we unwrap age-appropriate, practical teachings and tools girls need for living out a life of purity and experiencing God’s gift of love. The evening will also include a fun fashion show, high energy music, sweet treats, and more. Interested in volunteering? See more on their website and on Facebook!

Thursday–Sunday, June 2-5 | Colloquium on C.S. Lewis & Friends | Taylor University, Upland, IN – This colloquium will feature keynote addresses by top scholars from both sides of the Atlantic, workshops, panel, performances, and, most importantly, original scholarship and creative work from scholars, teachers, students, fans, and friends. Paper proposals on any topic related to C.S. Lewis and/or his friends are also welcomed, as well as creative work–poetry, fiction, essay, drama, film, visual art, musical composition, etc.–that responds to or is influenced by the Lewis Circle. Read more!


The “If You Prove God, Then I’ll Believe Him” Nonsense – Indiana native Peter Heck takes on a common objection to faith in God

Prolife Doritos Ultrasound Commercial – If God can use a chip commercial, He can use anything!

The Secret is Contentment – Financial guru Dave Ramsey shares what he’s learned after a few decades of financial coaching!

Believers Should Not Forget These Words – We grieve, but not as the world does. We know that God will raise up His children on the last day. In the meantime, here’s a tiny smidgen of Justice Antonin Scalia’s immense Christian legacy

Purdue Professor who Allegedly Targeted Pro-Life Women Resigns – Gideon’s army is alive and well, because the God of Gideon is alive and well!

Would a Good God Send Anyone to Hell? – Minister and author Dr. Robert Jeffress talks with Dr. James Dobson about God’s character

If You Want to Lead, You Have to Read – Books are life preservers; read one today!

Does God Care about Our Emotions? – You better believe it! Even better, He can transform them!


Calling All Favs – Got a favorite book or movie you’d recommend to others in Afikomag! Send it to with a blurb explaining what you like about it!

“Like” Summit on Facebook! – The Summit Alumni Network has 2,125 members and is going strong! Jump into the discussion online!

Submit an Event – Know about an event you’d like to invite others to? Send it our way!

Small Groups Starting at Judson Road Christian Church

Ready to grow deeper in your walk with God this spring? Join a small group!

Judson Road Christian Church (2006 W. Judson Rd., Kokomo) is launching seven different small groups this month. The groups will study a broad range of topics, from understanding God’s basic nature to learning how to witness to Muslims.

To sign up for a small group, email with the name of the group you are interested in. For more information about any of these small groups, contact Judson Road Christian Church at (765) 236-0671 or visit them on Facebook or on their website.


Hosea by Jennifer Rothchild

Leader: Debby Donoghue
For: Women
Days: Thursdays for seven weeks, February 18–March 31
Time: 6-7:30PM
Place: Joy Room at the church building
Cost: $15

The Old Testament book of Hosea is “a story about an unlikely couple; an unusual marriage, a man in love, and an illicit affair. The story of Hosea and his wife will shock you and warm your heart. The story of Israel and God in the book of Hosea will frustrate you and then fill you with hope.” Childcare is available on request ($2 per child).


Life Group for Women

Leader: Devin McCarty
For: Women
Days: Wednesdays for seven weeks, February 17–May 11
Time: 6-7PM
Place: The church building
Cost: FREE

There will be a short Bible devotional. Our focus will be on connecting and growing our relationships by sharing our joys and struggles.



Leader: Matt Crosby
For: Anyone
Days: Wednesdays, six to eight weeks starting February 17
Time: 6:30-8PM
Place: The church gym
Cost: FREE

This small group will be based on “The Truth and Islam” class at Summit Theological Seminary. “Islam has been a growing and alarming feature in the news. What exactly do they teach? Isn’t Allah just another name for the same God we serve? What does the Koran actually teach? Is Islam a peaceful or violent religion? How do we talk to a Muslim about Jesus?” Come find answers to these and other questions!


Facing Your Giants by Max Lucado

Leader: Cindy Smith
For: Anyone
Days: Mondays for seven weeks, February 15–March 28
Time: 6-7:30PM
Place: The Smith home
Cost: FREE

“If the ‘giants’ in your life seem overwhelming and neverending, this is the study for you! We will be looking at ‘hitting them right between the eyes’ like David did with God’s Word and promises!” No materials are needed for the first meeting. There is room for 10-15 people.


Who is God by Francis Chan

Leader: Scott Carpenter
For: Anyone
Days: Thursdays beginning February 18
Time: 6:30-8PM
Place: The Carpenter home
Cost: $8 for the study guide

“We say we love God. We say we follow Him. We say His spirit is with us. Do we mean it? Do we even know what our lives should look like if we do?” Come and find out. This group will be video- and study-guide-based. There is room for 10 people; childcare is not available.


Ready or Not, Here He Comes (Adjusting to and Helping a New Minister Succeed)

Leader: Gary Carpenter
For: Anyone
Days: Thursdays for five weeks, March 3–March 31
Time: 6:30-8PM
Place: The church building
Cost: FREE

This small group will center on Biblical, practical instruction and discussion. “Ready or not, we are looking at a big transition. The best thing for the church is for the new minister to succeed! Forty years in the ministry uniquely qualifies Gary to offer important insights into how we can make that happen!” If needed, childcare will be arranged.


Weird by Craig Groeshel

Leaders: Jason and Annie Double
For: Anyone
Days: Mondays (2/15-3/21) at 6:30 p.m.
Time: 6:30-8PM
Place: TBA
Cost: FREE

Normal just isn’t working. Normal people are stressed, overwhelmed, and exhausted. Many of their relationships are at best strained and in most cases just surviving. Even though we live in one of the most prosperous places on earth, normal is still living paycheck to paycheck and never getting ahead. When it comes to God, the majority believe in Him, but the teachings of Scripture rarely make it into their everyday lives. Simply put, normal isn’t working. In this six-session study, Groeschel’s WEIRD views will help you break free from the norm to lead a radically abnormal (and endlessly more fulfilling) life.


For more information about any of these small groups, contact Judson Road Christian Church at (765) 236-0671 or visit them on Facebook or on their website.

Small Groups Launching!

Join us this spring for faith, fun, fellowship! Our two small groups are launching in a city (or computer) near you!



When: 6:30PM

Where: online



When: 3:30PM

Where: in person at Criterion Water Labs (329 E. Firmin St., Kokomo)


If you’d like more information or would like to join either small group, email!

The Crux | January 24, 2016

“He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:13-14)

Have you ever played Capture the Flag? It’s one of the most fantastic games I’ve ever played. There’s a multitude of variations, but the concept is the same for all of them: there’s two teams, and the first team to steal the other team’s flag and take it to their home base wins.

It sounds so simple, but that’s why it’s so fun. Because the rules are so simple, there’s endless variations. One of the rules is that if you cross into enemy territory, anyone from the opposing team can tag you and escort you to jail. The only way you can escape from jail is if someone from your team has mercy on you, grabs your hand, and runs with you across the boundary line without the opposing team catching you. Talk about an adrenaline rush!

After playing this for umpteen years, I made an interesting discovery. Some teams got so hopped up on the action that they forgot about their POWs. This really stank if you were a POW. You’d see your teammates rushing past you in the thick of the action and you were stuck there, mired in the POW camp.

Sometimes a team that got wise to this would focus their strategy primarily on making the other team into POWs. If the fastest players on one team were so excited about grabbing the flag and winning victory that they didn’t notice what was happening to their teammates, they might all the sudden look around and notice that their team had thinned to almost nothing.

Has that ever happened to you? Have you ever been giving your heart and soul to a ministry, wondering when the reinforcements would arrive, only to realize that they were the people you took for granted were nowhere to be found?

It’s time to stage a jail break. We have brothers and sisters who are being taken captive by our enemy. We may have been busy with good things, even great things, but it’s time to take a look around and see how we can help others.

Before this becomes a sad treatise on the state of the church, let me remind you of this: there is no greater joy than in finding and freeing a POW. Even in that simple camp game, I remember the time when I was the POW. I’d watched my teammates running past me, intent on the action. I’d tried yelling to get their attention, but no one seemed to hear me. I’d pretty much given up hope. “They can do it without me,” I reasoned. Then, out of nowhere, someone grabbed my hand and hauled me down the field. I was back in my home territory before I could say a word. I went from a listless POW to being right back in the action because someone care enough to haul me out.

That hasn’t just happened in a simple camp game. It’s happened in my spiritual life. Family, friends, and even total strangers are certain key points of my life have cared enough to haul me out of spiritual POW camps.

How about you? Have you ever been a spiritual POW? Have you ever freed one? How can we as a Local Summit Community help one another in this?

I firmly believe that it is no accident that Summit is activating its alumni network “for such a time as this.” God has rescued us from the dominion of darkness, and through His power He’s helping us rescue others!

So let’s get at it! A HUGE thank you to each one who voted on the night that would work best to meet for our online small group! Based on the votes, we’ll be meeting on [drumroll, please!] Tuesdays!

Online Small Group Launch

Our online small group will meet Tuesdays at 6:30PM! To meetup this Tuesday (1/26), at 6:30PM, email for more information.

It’ll be a fun time hearing what everyone’s been up to, discussing a topic from a Biblical Christian perspective, praying, and making plans for the future! If you have any problems connecting, send me an email or call/text me!

Speaking of prayer, here’s a few things we can be praying about as a Local Summit Community:

  • How can we encourage one another?
  • What aspects of Summit can and should we bring here to Indiana?
  • How can we best reach our culture?

Other Upcoming Events

We R the CHRCH Night of Worship

Sunday, January 31st • 7:30-9PM
Indianapolis (exact location TBA)

We R the CHRCH is hosting an incredible evening where upwards of 80 people are slated gather to worship God through songs and testimonies. This is not like going to a concert where you watch others worship; this is like a house church where you can just pour your heart out to God through song and share what He’s been doing in your life! The location has not yet been announced; let me know if you’re interested in going and I can keep you posted on details as I hear about them! You can check out the Facebook event

Rock & Roadshow

Sunday, February 14th • 5:15PM
Bankers Life Fieldhouse • 125 S. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis, IN ($10 at the door; no tickets required)
Compassion International is sponsoring Rock & Roadshow, a night of worship with Newsboys, Jeremy Camp, Mandisa, and others! No tickets are required: admission is just $10 at the door. I’ve signed up to volunteer. If you’re interested in meeting up there, let me know!

Have other events you’d like to share? Email ’em to me! I’ll add them to our website and post ’em on Facebook

And More!

How’s Your Spiritual Life?

The beginning of a new year is a GREAT time to stop and take a spiritual inventory. This article has several questions to reflect on as we go into 2016!

Are You Second?

I am Second captures stories of how God is transforming real lives TODAY! You can search by topic, or by name. There’s a whole host of names you might recognize, such as Alex Kendrick, Mike Huckabee, or Brian Welch. But poignantly, there are also names we might never have known if those sharing their testimonies had not been willing to share how God reached into their lives and transformed them!

What ministries would you like other Summit alumni to know about? Let us know and we’ll feature them in upcoming newsletters!

The Spreadsheet You Love to Love

I’m sure you already know and love Summit’s Worldview Chart. But did you know it’s digital? It sure is! In this version, when you hover over any term in the chart, it’ll define it for you. You don’t even have to copy and paste it into a dictionary. Nifty, eh?

Write Off!

If you have a friend who differs with you on a topic, challenge them to a write off! You write about it and they’ll write about it. We can post both perspectives at and have others weigh in! You could write about a point of doctrine (e.g. infant baptism), or a key difference between worldviews (e.g. creation versus evolution). Who knows who you might reach!

Get Plugged In!

Whatever creativity looks like in your life, you can totally use it for God through Afikomag! This year, our goal is to syndicate 16 Christian authors. What does that mean? To use Afikomag as a platform for creative folks to reach other Christians. Maybe you write a blog or maybe you make videos for your church. Or maybe you have a friend who does! By syndicating with Afikomag, you can do what syndicated authors have done for years: broaden your impact by sharing your content in multiple arenas. Want more info? Let’s talk!

Here’s three other ways you can get involved:

  • Share articles with others in the Facebook group!
  • Let us know about events coming up!
  • Discuss questions that come up in your church or family. We’d love to weigh in!

Speaking of questions…

Question of the Week

What’s the hardest question you’ve ever been asked?

Defy Geography! Join an Online Small Group

We’ll be kicking off the new year with ReFrame, a short series Summit Ministries recommends for drilling down into what it means to be a Biblical Christian: “We’re trying to inculcate God’s story in you so deeply that when something happens, you just instinctively react with the character of God… You don’t have to think about it because it’s who you are!”

Since we come from quite a few different cities, we’ll be doing ReFrame as an online small group. Please answer the following information so we can pick a night that works best for you!

Come March for Life

Do you ever wonder how you can spread God’s message of hope?

2 Corinthians 2:14-15 says: “[T]hanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him. For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved…”

March for Life is an incredible opportunity to spread the fragrance of the knowledge of God! It’s an annual event where hundreds of thousands of people gather in Washington, D.C. to “testify to the beauty of life and the dignity of each human person.”


Friday, January 22, 2016
National Mall, Washington, D.C.


11:45AM Musical Opening
Mr. Shawn Welcome; Performance Poet
Ms. Caitlin Jane
; Christian Music Artist
12:00PM Rally
1:00PM March
3:00PM (approx.) Listen to Silent No More testimonies outside U.S. Supreme Court
3:30PM Visit your representative or senator to advocate for life


Carly Fiorina, Prolife Businesswoman
Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA)
Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ)
State Senator Sheila Jackson Broome (D-LA)
Matt Birk; former Baltimore Ravens player and Super Bowl Champion
Sue Ellen Browder, Author, Subverted: How I Helped the Sexual Revolution Hijack the Women’s Movement
Jim Daly, President, Focus on the Family
Marjorie Dannenfelser, President, Susan B. Anthony List
Dr. Marguerite Duane, MD, Cofounder and Executive Director, FACTS
Jewels Green, Silent No More
Nathan Grime, Student, Concordia Lutheran High School
His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos, Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops
Dr. Russell Moore, President, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission



Get Involved!

To learn more, check out March for Life and Save the Storks online!

How Can I Share Jesus with Muslims?

There are 1.5 billion Muslims on Earth. What do they believe? How can we share the Good News with them? These questions and more will be the focus of this one-day conference, and a great opportunity to connect with other believers serious about putting feet to their faith!



8:20-9AM – Meet-and-greet
9AM-2PM – Conference & Chick-fil-A lunch (register today!)
2-3PM – Debrief and discuss





This conference is hosted by Crescent Project, whose mission is to “inspire, equip and serve the Church to reach Muslims with the Gospel of Christ for the Glory of God. It is our vision to see a day when fear is replaced with love and millions of Christians are actively sharing the truth of Christ with millions of Muslims for the glory of God. We do this through prayer, training, local outreach, and short-term trips.”


Main Speaker

Fouad Masri, a former Muslim and the founder of Crescent Project



$30 per person ($35 if you register on the day of the event). This cost includes lunch catered by Chik-Fil-A lunch. You can pre-register here.

This event will also be the jumpstart of a local Summit community: Summit Ministries is a Colorado-based organization that equips young adults to develop a Biblical-Christian worldview. Students attend a two-week training course which presents the various worldviews common during our day and contrasts them with Biblical answers. Here in Indiana, Summit alumni are coming together to form a local Summit community to continue our study of Biblical Christianity and live out God’s purpose in our lives!


About Fouad

Author and lecturer Fouad Masri was born and raised in the war zone of Beirut, Lebanon. As a third-generation ordained pastor, he has a passion for sharing the love of Christ with Muslims and has been reaching out to Muslims and inspiring others to follow his example since 1979.

After coming to the United States to attend seminary, Fouad realized the urgency of teaching American Christians to reach out to the growing population of internationals, particularly Muslims.

In 1993, he founded Crescent Project to nurture transformational relationships between Christians and Muslims and to rally the Church to reach out to Muslims to share the Good News of Christ.

Since then, he has trained more than 21,000 Christians to sensitively and purposefully share their faith with Muslims through both the Bridges One-Day Seminar and Sahara Challenge training experiences. He has served as a guest instructor at several universities and Christian ministries and has been featured in several media publications including Christianity TodayNewsweek, and Mission Network News. He has appeared on CBN, TBN, the Janet Parshall Show, and Prime Time America.

He is the producer and teacher in the DVD study, Bridges: Christians Connecting with Muslims. In Bridges, he further exposes Christians to the urgent need for a deeper understanding about Islam and Muslims.

Fouad has authored 14 books including Outreach Magazine’s 2015 Cross Cultural Resource of the Year Connecting with Muslims: A Guide to Communicating Effectively. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication and an M.A. from Fuller Theological Seminary in Islamic studies. Fouad lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, with his wife Lisa and their two children.



If you have any questions about this event, text or call Hannah at (765) 438-1228!

Daraja Children’s Choir in Concert

Oakbrook Church (3431-3625 S. Dixon Rd., Kokomo) will be hosting the Daraja Children’s Choir for a Sunday night concert from 7-8PM on November 15th!

The Daraja Children’s Choir is made up of 23 children from Uganda and Kenya. The choir exists to give these children an opportunity to learn and experience American culture, as many of them have never experienced life outside of their own countries. Come step into the lives of these children by hearing their testimonies and experiencing traditional African song and dance.

This concert is totally free!