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.”
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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