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My plane landed at the Charlotte airport 6:30 am Thursday morning. My plan to sleep the 5 hour flight from California to North Carolina was an utter failure. I grabbed my bag off the carousel, dashed to the shuttle, fired up the rental car and set my GPS for 3000 Tilley Morris Rd. I arrived with minutes to spare! I settled myself in the back of the room so that I could get up, stand and pace to keep myself awake and engaged. Lack of sleep necessitated this strategy. NOW the impressions began to build, and we were just getting started! Too many really. They grew exponentially -bustling, clamoring, pulling at my sleeves, tugging on my jeans and tapping my shoulder. It was as if my children were young again competing for my attention, except then there were two, now they were countless. “Dad. Dad. Dad! Dad. Dad! Daaad!” I put them on a “time-out”. There would be time for debriefing and post event processing later. Now that I’m sitting in (instead of running through) the Charlotte airport waiting for my flight home, it’s time to process and decompress the input from the last three days. The CIA leadership consisted of eight distinct personalities, endowed with different strengths and approaches to our shared passion for Apologetics. Each individual complimented the others, creating a whole much greater than the parts. Witnessing the dynamics of this team during the Q&A sessions when they stood together up front during the Q&A was itself worth the tuition! Augmenting another’s illustration or line of reasoning here, interjecting a friendly dig there, continually weaving seriousness, humor, banter and laughter into their collective responses. It was fun, informative and a joy to behold! They worked well together and enjoyed each other’s company because, I think, as J. Warner Wallace put it: we share a common Father, not just a common belief system, or worldview. I have to give credit to Frank Turek for opening up his program to what would be considered competitors in the secular world. And too there were many different types of attendees. I personally enjoyed interacting with as many as the short time permitted –my only regret is that I didn’t have more time to invest in getting to know each of them more. Now it’s over and we are all dispersed to the four corners of the Earth. It’s never what we experience in an event like this, rather, it is what we take away that is important. What we retain. What we incorporate into our own DNA. I’m already a better person for being there. My ability to speak before others without notes, with a beginning, a middle and an end that ties it all together has improved. The pressure of setting the date and giving myself no choice but to present my message forced the changes, and the feedback from my peers and instructors was an indispensable catalyst. I am indebted to Dr. Richard Howe and Brett Kunkle for …