Lost in translation

In the field of medical research, there is an old, old saying: from bench to bed, which simply means from the laboratory to the clinic, from basic research to practice. Sometimes it is easy to be pre-occupied with what you do in the lab, and not realize that it should be connected with real clinical practices.

And perhaps it is likewise with the academia and the church. It is tempting to develop all those technicalities in theology and to forget that theology and/or biblical studies should be translated to the life of the church.

A good example of this syndrome was when I talked to the students recently and they seemed to be bewildered of what the heck I was saying to them. The word simply didn’t become flesh.


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