On Praying for Leaders, Rulers, and Authorities (Calvin)

In very clear terms Paul tells Timothy that God's people should be praying for all those in authority over us: "I urge that requests, prayers, intercessions, and thanks be offered on behalf of all people, even for kings and all who are in authority...." (1 Tim. 2:1-2a NET). Paul doesn't say we should pray for "some"… Continue reading On Praying for Leaders, Rulers, and Authorities (Calvin)

Persecution and Providence (Calvin)

In 1557 the Reformed church in Paris was facing pretty severe persecution. In a letter that John Calvin wrote to the church in Paris during this time he mentioned his prayers for them and his desire to help them more. It seems like some Christians had attempted to send some sort of aid and helps… Continue reading Persecution and Providence (Calvin)

Must Christians Get Married? (Calvin)

What is a young Christian man to do when he is around 20 years old and doesn't know about getting married? Maybe he doesn't really want to pursue marriage. Maybe he's happy not being married. Or what about a young Christian woman in a similar position with similar thoughts? Must Christians get married? To be… Continue reading Must Christians Get Married? (Calvin)

Calvin’s Forgettable Sermon

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

“Touched by Thy Threatenings…” (Calvin)

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)