Tuesday Reflection, Week 6

November 2, 2006

I enjoyed the group discussion time today. It was helpful to hear how my classmates have put into practice some of what we have been learning and about in class. Often when I have finished one of the books from the assigned readings, I find myself thinking about how and if ever I will carry out some of what I have learned. Plenty of excuses abound to a busy grad student to put off doing anything now. Academia often does not weave the practical aspects of a discipline with the inward focused life of study and research. I find this particularly unsettling in the context of a seminary because all too often our churches similarly become a subculture that struggles to translate how faith applies to life in the everyday or the building of the kingdom of God during this lifetime.  I was pleased to find our discussion groups moving us beyond the divorce between academic study and our current witness as Christ-followers.

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