Finding Jesus Christ at Seminary

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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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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