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Fun Facts From Church History: Geneva to Zurich, on Servetus

To the Burgomaster and Council of Zürich. Geneva, September 22, 1553. High and mighty Lords!—We know not if your Lordships are aware that we have in hand a prisoner, Michael Servetus by name, who has written and had printed a … Continue reading

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Today is ‘Holy Cross Day’ across the globe.  It’s the day commemorating the ‘discovery’ of the ‘true cross’ by Helen in her little trip to the ‘Holy Land’… So many bits of the ‘true cross’ were scattered across Europe that … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

Peace is not to be purchased by the sacrifice of truth. – John Calvin

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Calvin to Bullinger About Servetus

On 7 September, Calvin wrote Bullinger, in part The Council will send you, ere long, the opinions of Servetus in order to have your advice. It is in spite of us that you have this trouble forced on you; but … Continue reading

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Calvin: on Facing Adversity

I’ve always found this passage from Calvin’s Institutes quite good: Innumerable are the ills which beset human life, and present death in as many different forms. Not to go beyond ourselves, since the body is a receptacle, nay the nurse, … Continue reading

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A Bit of Calvin to Start Your Day

All men of sound judgment will therefore hold, that a sense of Deity is indelibly engraven on the human heart. And that this belief is naturally engendered in all, and thoroughly fixed as it were in our very bones, is … Continue reading

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Calvin’s Return to Geneva and the Preparations for His Arrival

‘On Monday, August 26, thirty-six écus were voted by the Council to Eustace Vincent, equestrian herald, to go for Master Calvin, the preacher, at Strasburg.’ It was announced in the Council, August 29, that Master Calvin was to arrive one … Continue reading

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The knowledge of all that is most excellent in human life is said to be communicated to us through the Spirit of God—John Calvin So true. John Calvin, the father of Presbyterian theology, was a master intellect (and had a … Continue reading

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Fun Facts From Church History: Calvin Had Servetus Arrested As Soon as He Found Out Servetus Was in Town

Here’s how the story goes- ON arriving at Geneva, Servetus alighted at the inn of the Rose, and there, according to his own declaration, kept himself carefully concealed, that he might not be recognised, waiting an opportunity to procure a … Continue reading

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Today With Calvin: Troubles with the Libertines

Calvin and the libertines were frequently at odds.  Indeed, The two parties became more and more enraged against each other. Calvin’s eloquence gave him a decided superiority in the little republic. On the 24th of July 1547 he wrote to … Continue reading

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Calvin Wasn’t Bendy

“I continue to employ my usual severity while laboring to correct the prevailing vices, and especially those of the young. The right-thinking tell me of the dangers by which I am surrounded, but I take no heed of this, lest … Continue reading

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If Your Church has a ‘Praise Band’ or ‘Orchestra’…

Calvin has something to say- “With respect to the tabret, harp, and psaltery, we have formerly observed, and shall find it necessary afterwards to repeat the same remark, that the Levites, under the law, were justified in making use of … Continue reading

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The Fool…

Calvin’s observations on Psalm 14:1 are worth re-hearing: As the Hebrew word נבל, nabal, signifies not only a fool, but also a perverse, vile, and contemptible person, it would not have been unsuitable to have translated it so in this … Continue reading

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Those who think that the authority of the doctrine [of the Church] is impaired by the insignificance of the men who are called to teach, betray their ingratitude; for among the many noble endowments with which God has adorned the … Continue reading

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The Foes of Truth…

…  find great difficulty in refuting the enemies of pure and sound doctrine: possessed of serpentine lubricity, they escape by the most artful expedients, unless they are vigorously pursued, and held fast when once caught.  — John Calvin Preach it, … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

[Calvin seemed to have] a peculiar penchant … for detesting lax and cavalier methods of treating texts;  methods such as those he saw exhibited by medieval exegetes and arguably by Lutheran exegetes as well.  — Jon Balsarak So true!

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Praying with Calvin

Grant, Almighty God, that as thou hast not only provided for thine ancient Church, by choosing JEREMIAH as thy servant, but hast also designed that the fruit of his labours should continue to our age, —O grant that we may … Continue reading

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The Earliest Involvements of Calvin in Reform

It is the year 1523. Young Calvin had just arrived from Noyon. De Berquin had translated something of Luther into the French. Thoroughly ill at ease the Sorbonne had accused him before the Parlement. His books and papers39) had been … Continue reading

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Calvin: As Equally Gifted as Luther and in Many Respects Moreso

I must patiently submit to this condition which providence has assigned me, that petulant, dishonest and furious men, as if in conspiracy, pour out their virulence chiefly upon me. Other most excellent men indeed they do not spare, assailing the … Continue reading

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On The Assurance of Salvation: Calvin’s Observation

If we doubt whether Christ has received us into his charge and custody, he obviates this doubt, by freely offering himself as our Shepherd, and declaring that if we hear his voice, we shall be numbered among his sheep. We … Continue reading

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