Today, I write with some good news some of you may have already heard. On March
20, in Greenville, N.C., a federal jury unanimously sided with me in my claims
that the University of North Carolina–Wilmington (UNCW) violated federal law in
a 2006 promotion decision. Specifically, the jury found that my First
Amendment–protected speech was a “substantial or motivating factor” in the
defendants’ decision not to promote me to full professor. They also found that
defendants could not prove they would have made the same decision in the absence
of my speech activity. The case now moves to the judge to determine relief.
This has been a long seven-year legal battle and I am exhausted. Accordingly,
many have suggested that I take a long vacation. And so I am. In fact, between
early May and late August I'll be taking a fourteen week vacation in Manitou
Springs, Colorado. Well, it isn't exactly a vacation. It's the place I've spent
the last five summers. It's almost become my second home.
I go to Manitou every summer because that is where Summit Ministries is located.
The ministry was established in 1962. They first invited me to speak there in
2008. Not long afterward, they decided to have me stay all summer and teach in
every session. (They offer seven two-week sessions over the course of the
summer). It is always refreshing to go there in the summer after spending my
fall and spring at a secular university. The place keeps me grounded and
rekindles my spirits.
Since 1962, tens of thousands have similarly benefitted from the Summit
experience. To date, more than 35,000 families have enrolled their
16-to-21-year-old sons and daughters in the Summit Ministries 12-day experience.
There, they are mentored by Christian leaders in academia, public policy, and
business, and prepared to be courageous leaders who stand strong in a culture
that tries to break them and cause them to abandon their faith.
Don't just take my word for it. Summit has won the endorsement of Christian
leaders such as Eric Metaxas, James Dobson, Josh McDowell, and the late Charles
Colson. Chuck called Summit the “gold standard” for training students in the
Christian worldview. I certainly agree. That's why I always tell concerned
parents to look into the summer Summit programs.
When faced with the choice of sending kids to a secular public university that
charges $10,000 a year and a Christian university that charges $30,000 a year
people will often pick the latter. They probably figure it’s worth an extra
$20,000 a year to guard their children's souls. That kind of thinking is flawed
for two reasons: First, many of these universities aren't really Christian
anymore. Second, there are other remedies that cost less than $20,000 a year. In
fact, you can send your college age kid to Summit for $1195. If you register
before April 1, you can send them for $995.
Summit has a long track record of preparing young adults to stand strong against
hostile worldviews and become courageous leaders at a time when our nation needs
them desperately. That atmosphere has done nothing but strengthen me as I have
fought against the UNC system over the last seven years. Please check out the
website today. This
could be the summer that changes your life trajectory, or that of a loved one,
I'll be there all summer, not just resting but also teaching with my good
friends Frank Turek, Scott Klusendorf, Sean McDowell, John Stonestreet, and, of
course, Summit President Jeff Myers.
Of course, I'll also be doing a little rafting and climbing to the top of Pikes
Peak. I hope to see you at the top. And thank you all so much for your prayers
and support. They have helped me make it through another year and to end it with
an incredible victory. We serve a mighty God, indeed. It is a lesson we must
pass on to future generations.
Author’s Note: I will be speaking in Billings, Montana tonight (March 28) and
again on Saturday (March 29). Please log on to
for event details.
Mike Adams is a criminology professor at the University of North Carolina
Wilmington and author of
Letters to a Young Progressive: How To Avoid Wasting Your
Life Protesting Things You Don't Understand.