John Calvin Celebrations Draw Wider Attention Than Expected
John Calvin's 500th anniversary celebrations drew a much higher level of interest from the general public than expected, say organizers of Calvin events.
The Rev. Clifton Kirkpatrick, president of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and head of the Calvin09 project, called this year's celebrations of the 16th century Protestant reformer a resounding success.
"The results exceeded our expectations," he said in a statement.
Greetings! Glad you replied. Agreement with your post. I believe that there are many things that make the Puritans attractive. But exhausting Scripture is at the top. I have not visited any Puritan sites in a while but used to enjoy reading the quotes they used to put up. Here's one:
"The belief that God is everywhere should persuade us to sin nowhere."
The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment. Beautiful stuff, savedbygrace. You certainly do have some great reading material. Not getting carried away with the Puritans is difficult, but they have a built-in safeguard; their incessant references to scripture. It's hard to stay away from what these honorable men held in such high esteem. Another exceeding precious gift was given to all of them that I have ever read... a sight of their sin; an essential for so much spiritual insight into an understanding of God and His work in Christ. Blessings, brother. Continue to occupy your mind with 'whatsoever things are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report...'.
Greetings, again! Too bad we don't live a bit closer, I believe we could read some quality literature simultaneously and discuss them. I have read some of Flavel's book on the Providence of God(I believe that is the title, as I'm downstairs in the computer room, and although I have many books here about the Pilgrims and Puritans, all my theological and Bible study helps are upstairs.) I would love to get his works. Have you read Jeremiah Burrough's book on contentment? Wow! Probably, the most convicting book I ever read may have been taken out of Jonathan Edward's Harvard set on the Life and Diary of David Brainard. I had once thought of having studies here at our home, actually readings every saturday on missionary books(I have acquired quite a collection of them also) and was going to begin with reading Brainard and showing the video at the onset and at the end. The, "Autobiography of George Mueller", was a help me Lord, forgive me Lord, Yes, Lord, type of book. Incredible. Once again, it is a given that we must be careful and read as much of Scripture as possible. May the Lord bless you with knowledge of Him and His grace.
These sorts of posts make it all worth while, savedbygrace. Yes, I do have and enjoy the Reverend Samuel Davies. His three volumes are quite costly these days, but value is getting your money's worth. I highly recommend John Flavel, Augustus Toplady, and Hugh Martin (can't go on, or I'll just go on), for some diversity and sheer elevation of your soul to the LORD and His Christ through the Word. Have a great time.
Greetings, brother! Thank-you, for the encouragement! Great Awakening...have your read Samuel Davies? I have his 1st. volume of sermons and read a little when I first bought it. He was the godly pastor that Patrick Henry used to ride by buggy a few hours to hear him preach and was taken there by his pious mother. God's wondrous providence. I always figured I would have more time to devote to read quality literature to defend the faith with when I grew in years however it seems more difficult. Also, I have found it extremely difficult, not only because of my avg. reading speed, but I must devote myself to Scripture and Bible study. I rest happily, content in Christ though. Of course, I also, seek to read as many primary source material as possible. With the writing of books having no end, this most likely has always been an obstacle. I also, have found that I seem to be reading the Bible as well as a few other books at the same time. Ughh! My interest level may be too great. The last book I bought was, "A Theological Interpretation of American History", by Dr. Gregg Singer. I am putting it on hold while I, my wife and my daughter go through Revelation. Have a "grace day"!
I have been reading the Reformers and the Puritans, as well as the Great Awakening Era pastor/theologians, for twenty-five years now, savedbygrace (not my only input by great men of God, but much of it). They are to be perused, not given a cursory glance. If you're anything like me, your speed when reading them will not increase, but your reverence and love for Christ will. Keep up this good work. The rewards are as great as the discoveries.
Amen, brother. Similar to us, I believe many become convinced of the great Biblical truths expressed by J. Calvin after initially vehemently attacking him. Similar to them, I used to attack out of an ignorance of his writings, ie. not actually reading some of his works. For instance many would be astonished if they read his commentaries written later in his life, such as John 3:16. They simply hold to what they are taught at their particular church or denomination or read a secondary source on the internet and are content with that. All in all, I find that I do not engage in most of these forums because there is such a proud emotionalism displayed with ad hominems thrown around by brother's in Christ, misrepresentations, etc. BTW, I also read a few reformed works that first convinced me, viz. "The Death of Death in the Death of Christ", by John Owen. Like you, I read it three times over, underlining with a different color each time. I was taking the Bible to work daily along with Calvin's Institutes, Vol. I and left it by mistake. Hopefully, someone has benefited. (I actually am an avg. speed of a reader and have read some reformed books but am only a novice.)
A wonderful 'conversion', Rick; and the best method in order to the obtaining of it. He foreshadows great depths, but of course it is wise to keep him, as well as all others, in their place. A sound post.
No web sites to refer, no one to argue with; just wanted to say that I appreciate the contribution of Calvin. I used to be against him, and set out to disprove everything he said. The first time I read the Institutes it was with that purpose, and I marked up the book with objections. By the third time, I read more objectivly, and had to change many of my positions. I still use his commentaries, but I hope I don't become like some who go to Calvin before they go to the Bible. Thank you John Calvin, and all of those who have helped us know the real Calvin.
So, very correct, Neil. Where Calvin was Biblical,q.v., [URL=http://www.ihcc.org/images/booklets/pdf/L200.pdf]]]Calvinism & Arminianism[/URL] he should be praised, but where his legal, logical mind came up with limited atonement then he should be pointed out as wrong.
2 Corinthians 5 14 For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; 15 and He died for all, that they who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.---[URL=http://www.lockman.org/nasb/nasbcmp.php]]]NASB[/URL]
[URL=http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=102607103250]]]The Atonement in the Gospel[/URL]
Neil wrote: The convenient thing about famous dead men is that they cannot refute those who falsely claim to follow their example & doctrine.
Problem is it's so easy for subsequent generations to lose track of a predicessor's greatness and even re-define it as evil instead of good. It's also happening now in American politics...at least until 2010, hopefully.