Tag John Calvin

Is Reading Fiction A Waste Of Time?

Despite growing up before the advent of smartphones, streaming services, and YouTube, I read essentially no fiction until my early 20s. Sadly, this wasn’t because I was more invested in,...

Do Miracles Still Happen? What Is Their Purpose?

Following the success of an earlier edition of his Institutes, John Calvin addressed King Francis I in the preface to a 1535 French edition. This preface was mostly an appeal...

The Significance Of Father, Son, And Spirit Sharing The "Same Substance"

Last year I started a series of short posts on the doctrine of the Trinity. These grew out of teaching I did for my local church, on the Westminster Shorter...

5 Reasons to Celebrate Communion Every Sunday

Before joining the Presbyterian church where my wife and I are presently members, I had only ever belonged to churches across a few denominations that celebrated Communion—or the Lord’s Supper—once...

John Calvin On The Sabbath Commandment For Christians

Last week I wrote a post explaining why I’m not a Sabbatarian. Put more simply, I argued why I do not believe the fourth commandment is binding on Christian believers,...

John Calvin: Marriage, Singleness, and Sexual Sin

My first post in this series looked at 1 Corinthians 7, considering the somewhat famous 7:9, “It’s better to marry than to burn with passion.” The second post considered the...

John Calvin on Scripture: “The Letter Killeth”

Oft quoted, and always from the KJV for effect, is 2 Corinthians 3:6, "the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life." It is then claimed that 'Bible heavy sermons' or...

John Calvin on Scripture: Inventing God

I am going to assume that you have noticed the power of social media to provide a voice and platform for opinions, however outlandish; perhaps you are reading this or...

Romans: The Righteousness of God

The men’s group that I am a part of has started reading through Paul’s epistle to the Romans and a few weeks back we considered Romans 1:17, ‘In the gospel...

Why We Don't Serve in the Church

Last week I wrote a post unpacking part of John Calvin’s Institutes on gifts, the local church, and self-denial. Calvin shows that God is the giver of all that we...

John Calvin: Our Gifts and the Church

Though wisdom and my recent less than prodigious blogging record suggests that I should not commit to any sort of writing project, with this post I am setting out on...

John Calvin on Suffering

One of my goals for 2017 has been to work through John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion in its entirety, with the hope of engaging with it in 2018...

Doodle: Childlessness and the Sovereignty of God

I have now written a couple of posts arguing against the position of many Christians that says married couples must at least attempt to have children. Most recently I challenged...

Unpopular Christianity

Jesus was not a popular man. In the 1st century, throughout history, and today people have struggled not just in coming to him but also in going with him. I...

Doodle: Was Calvin a Calvinist?

I can still remember it as if it were yesterday, though it was something like 7 years ago. I had been a Christian for around a year and my growth...