This book, Registers of the Consistory of Geneva in the Time of Calvin is a fascinating look into the historical context of the Protestant Reformation in one city: Geneva, Switzerland. The book is an English translation of the notes that the consistory of the Reformed church in Geneva took between 1542 and 1544. It's full… Continue reading Calvin’s Forgettable Sermon
There are two fascinating phrases in Jeremiah 10:23 that I've read before but never really thought about in depth. These phrases are quite profound! Here they are (Jer. 10:23): I know, O Lord, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps. (ESV). The NET… Continue reading “Touched by Thy Threatenings…” (Calvin)
As many of our readers might know, John Calvin began his Institutes by explaining that true and sound wisdom has two parts: knowing God and knowing ourselves. Calvin then noted that without a true knowledge of God, a person cannot truly know himself. As Scripture says, in God we live and move and have our… Continue reading One Cannot Truly Know Self without Truly Knowing God (Calvin)
During the mid- to late-16th century there was much persecution of Protestant Christians in France. For one example, in 1572 between 5,000 and 10,000 Huguenots (French Protestants) were killed in Paris and other larger French cities on August 23-24. This mass persecution is called the Massacre of St. Bartholomew's Day. There are other examples of… Continue reading To the Women Facing Persecution (Calvin, 1557)
Scripture is quite clear that God's people are part of his household (Eph. 2:19). Those who trust in Christ are family. They are an essential part of his body. God has gifted them in various ways to serve one another in love (Rom. 12:3-8; 1 Cor. 12, etc.). They are called to love each other… Continue reading The Christian Life Apart from The Church?