John Calvin on the Fourth Commandment: God Does Not Treat Us Harshly Nor Excessively Crowd Us

In his second of two sermons on the fourth commandment (preached from Deuteronomy 5:13-15), John Calvin responds to those who suggest that we are commanded to work six entire days each week (i.e., we are not allowed to work 5 days of 8 hours each, or 4 days of 10 hours each, etc.) when the …

John Calvin’s use of Secondary Sources

David Steinmetz's essay "The Scholastic Calvin" in the book Protestant Scholasticism: Essays in Reassessment (eds. Carl Trueman & R.S. Clark) has always been a favorite of mine.  In working on a book review this morning, I turned to this chapter to confirm a methodological point about how scholastic categories were used differently in parishes and …

John Calvin on Pharaoh’s Chief Baker (Gen 40:16)

"And the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, and he said to Joseph, "I also had a dream ...."  (Gen 40:16) וירא שר האפים כי טוב פתר ויאמר אל יוסף אף אני בחלומי Commentators almost universally see significance to the fact that the baker only shares his dream after he thinks that he …

John Calvin on Joseph’s Sale into Slavery

Calvin is such an interesting exegete and does such a fine job of application in his exposition of the Joseph story.  I was struck by this line today in his commentary on Genesis 37: Thus the promise of God, which had exalted [Joseph] to honour, almost plunges him into the grave.  We, also, who have …

You who are spiritual: The “restorers” in Gal 6:1

Biblical Peacemaking can accomplish wonderful things in the lives of God's people. After reading and talking several people through Alfred Poirier's The Peacemaking Pastor and Ken Sande's The Peacemaker, I am overwhelmed by how applicable such instruction is to a wide range of conflicts we face. More and more as I read scripture, I am …

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