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Is It Worth It? (8 of 9)
Series: God's Last Word to a Lost Generation
Pastor Jeff Schreve
If you have your Bible, please turn to Malachi chapter 3. I want to speak to you tonight on this question: “Is it worth it?”
Now, in the summer of 2001, I decided to go back to seminary to work on a doctorate. I had gone into the ministry in 1996, and seminary is three years, and it took me 4 ½ years to finish seminary. I’m just smarter than the rest of them, I guess. It took me an extra year and a half. And I was working and going to school. And then in December of 2000 I graduated, and then I felt like, oh, I need to go back to school. And it was one of those things that I was like, I don’t really know if I should do this or not. But Debbie was encouraging me to do it, and so I said, “All right, I’ll do it.” So I signed up. My first doctoral seminar was with a really smart guy named, Russ Bush at Southeastern Seminary. And so I got the syllabus and it said, okay, you’re going to be here for a week. This is what you need to do to prepare beforehand. And I had three books that I had to read, and then I had to write a paper before the class even started. And I remember reading this book. It’s called “Classical Readings in Christian Apologetics, A.D. 100 to 1800.” Now, does anyone in here suffer from insomnia, can I see your hand? (laughter). This is the ticket (laughter). This book is almost 400 pages long, and I had to read it and give a report on it. It was brutal. And just to show you how brutal this book was. I want to read you an entry from a chapter on Anselm of Canterbury, who lived in 1033 and died in 1109. This is just a sample of what I had to read. “But you will say that although it is in the understanding, it does not follow that it is understood. But observe that the fact of its being understood does not necessitate its being in the understanding (laughter). For as what is conceived is conceived by conception, and what is conceived by conce ...
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