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Was Calvin Just Calvinism?
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2014
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John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine & Doxology. Ed. Burk Parsons. Orlando: Reformation Trust, 2008.

Unfortunately, many people who have heard the name John Calvin have only one thought attached to this giant historical figure: Calvinism. Adding to that misfortune is the thread of negative reaction that exists in some circles toward calvinism and a common misperception that all calvinists are rigid, uncaring, and not evangelistic.

Was Calvin just Calvinism? Certainly he illuminated what has come to be known as the doctrines of grace by lifting those doctrines from Scripture and giving them clear description, but John Calvin was much more than the theological 5-point system that carries his name.

He was, more than anything, a pastor and a committed expositor of Scripture. His pastoral ministry was dominated by the daily teaching of Scripture in the pulpit, in the letter, and in the home. He clarified truth, proclaimed it, counseled with it, and confronted error with it. He gave himself to the church by foremost giving himself to the Word.

Most people do not know his energetic, consistent commitment to God's Word was extremely costly for him. Calvin faced much opposition within and without the church. His pastoral ministry was often more painful than joyful. Yet he persevered, teaching and calling people to the Word while suffering great physical anguish as well.

When you begin to put all the pieces of his life together, it is truly remarkable that he persevered, that he remained faithful to Scripture, and that he was able to be so productive in his lifetime. It is indeed a testament to grace. A fitting illustration of the name of the very doctrines he scripturally defended and for which he is most known. An even more fitting illustration of another little known fact about Calvin that he taught and believed so much in prayer.

Was Calvin just Calvinism? Well he certainly was the voice for clarifying the doctrines that would later be termed calvinism, but he was much, much more.

I don't know of any other volume that allows the reader to obtain such a full-orbed view of Calvin than John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine & Doxology. If you are interested or open to getting to know the man behind the TULIP, then read this one.

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The "for's" of Scripture for Bible Study and Faith
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2014
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The “for’s” in the Bible are of utmost importance for our understanding and faith. The “for’s” give the reason, the why, the interpretation, the theology of whatever propositional truth precedes it. For...
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"For His Name's Sake" - the WHY of the WHAT
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 2014
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“He leads us in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” Psalm 23:3 “For His name’s sake” is the one God-centered descriptive in this entire psalm. The rest of the psalm describes what God does for His...
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Psalms 21, 22, 23: The Cross in the Middle
TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2014
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Psalm 21:11 says that the enemies of Christ “will not succeed.” Psalm 23:1 says that those who are in Christ “shall not want.” Unbelievers will not succeed in dethroning Christ. Believers will not want because they have...
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Wonders to Behold Wonders
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2014
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When God does something on the level of spiritual, on the level of mystery, He often gives us a visual expression of it for our understanding and for our joy and for our faith. He wonderfully condescends to us by setting before us earthly, visual...
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Connected. Really?
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2014
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Recently I received an ad from my internet provider proudly commending their wide range of services as a way for families to stay connected. The ad featured a family sitting together in what must have been the family or living room. Of course,...
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What if Your Child Wanders from the Faith?
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2014
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I have recently posted two articles about spiritual parenting: “Parents-Be Patient with Your Child’s Conversion” and “Parents-Be Patient with Your Child’s Baptism.” The thrust of each article is for us as...
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Being Baptized "in the name" of the Triune God!
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2014
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Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit Matthew 28:19 What does it mean to be baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit?...
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Parents - Celebrate Spiritual Birthdays!!
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 06, 2014
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As parents, we make a big deal about our kids’ birthdays - and rightly so - they are a blessing from the Lord! Every year of life is a blessing that should be celebrated! I want to encourage us as believing parents to mark, in some...
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The Cure for Dread and Fear
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 04, 2014
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Do you struggle with fear, anxiety, worry, hypothetical scenarios? Does fear of man, death, or illness grip you and paralyze your spiritual life? Are you living life under a fog of dread rather than enjoying the joy of Christ? If you answered yes...
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