Plates and Passages: Studying Romans while Weight Training

At Princeton Seminary, there is a bible study group called “Pipes and passages” where the members study the Bible and smoke pipes. I think a much better idea is a new group that I call “Plates and passages” where we lift weights and study the Bible. I am very curious to see if this idea can catch on and develop a following. It would solve two problems that every seminarian has between class and random stuff like navigating iceberg fields, working out and find time to develop spiritually with personal or communal devotional time.

On “Plates and passages” day 1. I had a good first day on a new plan to incorporate weight lifting with a Bible reading and devotional time. I squatted 5x10x235, benched, and deadlifted without injury 🙂 This verse is very beautiful from Romans chapter 1:

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”

-Romans 1:20

Plates and passages workout 2. Discussion of Romans 1 and a commitment to return and surpass my old powerlifting and strongman form as an avenue to live peacefully in the world of my black days-white nights, and white days-black nights. Life is always grey, and iron and scripture help me live it.

Plates and Passages 3: Romans 2, 5×10 squat, 5×10 bench, and 5×10 deadlift. Also, discussion of war in Middle East and a Christian perspective to the violence there.  I am looking forward to incorporating rowing workouts into my weight training sessions.

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I am a Berkeley educated chemistry Ph.D. who is moving into the area of working on developing appropriate technology for communities that are subjected to socio-economic oppression. The goal is to use simple and effective designs to empower people to live better lives. Currently, I am working with Native Americans on Pine Ridge, the Lakota reservation in South Dakota. I am working with a Native owned and run solar energy company. We are currently working on building a compressed earth block (CEB) house that showcases many of the technologies that the company has developed. The CEB house is made of locally derived resources, earth from the reservation. The blocks are naturally thermally insulating, keeping the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Eventually, a solar air heater and photovoltaic panels will be installed into the house to power the home and keep it warm, while preserving the house off the grid. A side project while in Pine Ridge is a solar computer. I hope to learn about blockchain encryption software for building microgrids. In addition, it is an immediate interest of mine to involve local youth in technology education.
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