To all who have an ear: I have just finished a must read: Young, Restless, and Reformed by Colin Hansen. Colin was an editor at Christianity Today. He wrote a paper by the same name for CT. This sent him on a trek to find out the why and how that young people are turning to the Doctrines of Grace in a wholesale manner. But that is besides the point and I will leave the book for you to read on my recommendation. Heres the real deal of this post. On pp. 129-130 he follows a young man who went to Beeson Divinity School (SBC) at Samford University in Birmingham, AL. Dr. Timothy George (one of our Broadus Book Project contributors--I just had to get that in there :laugh: !) gave a class on John Calvin. The young man's name was Joel Brooks. Dr. George had them read Calvin's Institutes. Here is the kicker. They had to summarize every page. We have had a lot of discussions about work rigor, accredited, non-accredited, and different levels of rigor here on the BB. But many would say that that is too much to do for only one class. And if I know the level and amount of MDiv worth that Dr. George would require, that would be only one of several assignments. For any or all of you who want a "quick fix" to the academic world or to the "gimme doctorates" then you should consider whether or not the work you do in your masters degree is up to that level of rigor. And believe you me, mine was! All of us have tried, and mostly unsuccessfully I think, to argue for academic rigor from the called minister. But, I am sure that I cannot possibly shame any of you who want a shoddy, short cut, to a "gimme doctorate" to repent. So, I am going to work on a plan to stop trying. Praise God for Samford, Beeson, Timothy George, SBTS, Al Mohler, John Mac, John Piper, SEBTS, Danny Akin, Tom Nettles, David Dockery, RC Sproul, et al who have worked and sacrificed so that all who hear them preach and teach know they can "rightly divide the word." It is because they are all outstanding intellects, but they have also submitted themselves to the Lord of the harvest in his academe. Your welcome!