Jesus Christ lives in the memory of the world. To Constantine, “In this sign you will conquer.” To Dorothee Day, the vagrant Christ. To Muslims, a profoundly important prophet. To Christianity, the Son of God. Who was Christ who lived on this earth? I want to know about the historical Christ. I am rounding the end of my first semester of seminary and things that I have learned so far are all sort of blurring together. The four classes that I took, Islam in America, Survey of Old Testament, Darwin and Theology, and Early and Medeval Church History, are all sort of running together. I am lost in a sea of intellectual details. I am also lost in a place of how to live the straight Christian path among a world that favors money and power over love and compassion. How does one serve God in a way that is faithful to the gift of Life that Jesus Christ’s life delivered to humanity in a way that is a faithful witness to Him?
Oddly enough, I am finding I am learning more about Jesus Christ in the weight room during my Plates and Passages Bible study than in class. I enjoy reading the Bible in a devotional way. Strangely enough, this seems to be the first thing to go by the wayside in seminary. I am so busy with class readings that I forget to make time for devotionals and personal spiritual growth. Fortunately, it seems I am not the only one who faces this problem. Some people at seminary really like the idea of a Bible study in the weight room and have joined in.
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