Category Archives: Calvin


“To make intercessions for men is the most powerful and practical way in which we can express our love for them.”—John Calvin That’s the header quote.  Enjoy the essay by Dawn Moore here.

Posted in Calvin

‘By Their Fruits You Will Know Them…’

We do not justify men before God by works, but say, that all who are of God are regenerated and made new creatures, so that they pass from the kingdom of sin into the kingdom of righteousness. In this way … Continue reading

Posted in Calvin

Quote of the Day

We are all by nature the children of wrath, and conceived in sin, to which damnation adheres – John Calvin

Posted in Calvin

On the Day of Calvin’s Death

Today is the anniversary of Calvin’s death.  I’ve previously posted on the event of course and you can enjoy 24 Hours of Calvin here. After Zwingli, Calvin was the greatest of the Reformers.  It’s proper to remember him on the … Continue reading

Posted in Calvin

Now That’s How You Write a Book Dedication

Calvin dedicated his Commentary on Hebrews to Sigismund Augustus on 23 May, 1546.  He begins thusly THERE are at this day many foolish men, who everywhere, through a vain desire for writing, engage the minds of ignorant and thoughtless readers … Continue reading

Posted in Calvin | 1 Comment

Quote of the Day

It is never well with men, except so far as the Lord shows Himself to be gracious to them. – John Calvin

Posted in Calvin

Calvin on the Schismatics and their Insulting Words About Zwingli and Oecolampadius

Melanchthon showed Calvin an anti-Zwingli anti-Oecolampadius pamphlet written by a schismatic and Calvin remarked What good purpose could it serve to assault the Zwinglians every third line, and to attack Zwingli himself in such an unmannerly style?   And not … Continue reading

Posted in Calvin, Church History, Oecolampadius, Zwingli | 3 Comments

Don’t You Wish The Rules of Calvin’s Geneva Were Universally In Force?

SERMONS 1. Everyone in each house is to come on Sundays, unless it be necessary to leave someone behind to take care of children or animals, under penalty of 3 sous. 2. If there be preaching any weekday, arranged with … Continue reading

Posted in Calvin

Calvin’s Earliest Letter

Calvin lost his father at an early age, as we learn from one of his letters. According however to Beza’s account, it happened when Calvin was about twenty-three years old, and was studying at Bourges, that is, three years later … Continue reading

Posted in Calvin

Believe it or Not, Some People Didn’t Like Calvin!

I know, weird, right? That Calvin made many enemies, and could not avoid making them, goes without saying. Like Dante, who thought nothing of putting his own friends among the damned in Inferno, when the requirements of justice demanded it, … Continue reading

Posted in Calvin, Church History

The Genevan Psalter

Thanks to HC for the heads up on this– Sara Mohr-Pietsch journeys into the reforming world of John Calvin. As part of BBC Radio 3’s ‘Breaking Free – Martin Luther’s Revolution’ season, The Choir focuses on the Genevan Psalter and … Continue reading

Posted in Calvin

Quote of the Day

Though God does not act in a bustling manner like men, or proceed with undue eagerness and haste, still he has in his power concealed methods of executing his judgments without moving a finger. — John Calvin

Posted in Calvin

Where Scripture isn’t, The Church Isn’t Either

The Romanists assail us in the present day, and terrify the unskilful with the name of Church, while they are the deadly adversaries of Christ. Therefore, although they exhibit a temple, a priesthood, and other similar masks, the empty glare … Continue reading

Posted in Calvin

Luther: On Love of the Bible- Or, How a Theologian is Made

Once when he was a young man he [Martin Luther] happened upon a Bible. In it he read by chance the story about Samuel’s mother in the Books of the Kings. The book pleased him immensely, and he thought that … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Bullinger, Calvin, Church History, Luther, Zwingli | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Calvin’s Deathbed Farewell Speech to the Ministers of Geneva

Spoken on 28 April, 1564- “ ‘Brethren, after I am dead, persist in this work, and be not dispirited; for the Lord will save this Republic and Church from the threats of the enemy. Let dissension be far away from you, … Continue reading

Posted in Calvin, Modern Culture


He who is most deeply abased and alarmed, by the consciousness of his disgrace, nakedness, want, and misery, has made the greatest progress in the knowledge of himself. — John Calvin

Posted in Calvin, Theology | 2 Comments

The Expulsion of Calvin and Farel From Geneva

On Easter Sunday, April 21, Calvin … ascended the pulpit of St. Peter’s; Farel, the pulpit of St. Gervais. They preached before large audiences, but declared that they could not administer the communion to the rebellious city, lest the sacrament … Continue reading

Posted in Calvin, Church History

Just A Reminder…

Image | Posted on by

The Zurich Consensus


Posted in Calvin

Calvin on the Vapidity of Philosophy

When he’s right, he’s just right. All theology, when separated from Christ, is not only vain and confused, but is also mad, deceitful, and spurious; for, though the philosophers sometimes utter excellent sayings, yet they have nothing but what is … Continue reading

Posted in Calvin