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John Calvin

September 2017 | by Andrew Rowell


May 2014

John Calvin and his relevance for today (1)

This year marks the 450th anniversary of the death of John Calvin (1509–1564). In three articles we will look at the relevance of Calvin’s teaching for our situation today. Admittedly there is always a danger in trying to make a figure in history ‘relevant’ to the present day. Calvin was born over half a…

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June 2014

John Calvin and his relevance for today (2)

This year marks the 450th anniversary of the death of John Calvin (1509–1564). In this continued article, we look at the relevance of Calvin’s teaching for our situation today. In our times we, sadly, see the church proffering a rather confused vision of Jesus. Some say that he is a great example for us…

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July 2010

John Calvin An appreciation by Erroll Hulse

In the aftermath of last year's 500th anniversary of John Calvin's birth, I would like to express three ways in which Calvin has been an inspiration to me. First Calvin is an inspiration as a pastor/preacher. He was a pastor for 27 years. He served at St Peter's Church in Geneva from 1536-1538. Here…

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October 2009

John Calvin’s mission to France

John Calvin's mission to France   The year 2009 is the 500th anniversary of the birth of John Calvin. He was born in northern France and was converted, as a student, in the early 1530s. From 1541 until his death in 1564 he served as a preacher and teacher in Geneva. Calvin was never…

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November 2011

John Calvin – Man of God’s Word

John Calvin’s importance is cannot be overestimated. If one were to list the world’s one hundred most influential men in the last five hundred years, Calvin’s name would surely rank high on that list. So when a book appears on Calvin by a well respected author and publisher, we do well to sit up…

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July 2009

John Calvin on piety

John Calvin's Institutes have earned him the title of 'the pre-eminent systematician of the Protestant Reformation'. His reputation as an intellectual, however, is often seen apart from the vital spiritual and pastoral context in which he wrote his theology. For Calvin, theological understanding and practical piety, truth and usefulness, are inseparable. Theology first of…

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August 2016

Serving with Calvin

Serving with Calvin is a sequel to the author’s earlier work, Worshipping with Calvin, in which he argued for ‘the historic ministry and worship of Reformed Protestantism’. In this later book, he sets out to show us how to do it. There is much that is helpful. An introductory chapter surveys the church scene…

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November 2015

Authentic Calvinism?

The annual Westminster Conference maintains a reputation for producing authoritative and penetrating papers that keep Reformed, biblical Christianity in touch with its past. Six papers delivered by six authors over the course of two days are published. This booklet represents last year’s offering. The authors are sometimes historians or academics, but more commonly ordinary…

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February 2014

Calvinism – A History

Calvinism - A History D G Hart Yale University Press 342, £25.00 ISBN: 978-0-300-14879-4 Star Rating: 4   For all readers whose love of church history is combined with a commitment to the doctrines of grace, this book will come as a delight. It is plainly the product of wide-ranging research and is packed…

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October 2013

The Life of John Calvin

The Life of John Calvin W. J. Grier Banner of Truth, 166 pages, £6.00 ISBN: 978-1-84871-181-5 Star Rating : 5 This is an excellent introduction to the life of John Calvin. It also leads us, to some extent, into the heartbeat of the movement of God that we know as the Reformation. It is…

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April 2012

With Calvin in the Theatre of God

With Calvin in the Theatre of God. Eds John Piper and David Mathis Crossway 192 Pages, £8.99 ISBN: 978-1433514128 Star rating: 5   This is a gem of a book, approaching Calvin’s life, ministry and contribution to the church from an unusual angle. Edited by John Piper and David Mathis, the book is a…

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February 2015

Authentic Calvinism?

This was the title of December’s Westminster Conference, held in the comfortable premises of the Salvation Army’s Regent Hall, Oxford Street, London. This two-day conference is an opportunity for church leaders and others, men and women, to feast heart and mind on material both intellectually stimulating and spiritually edifying. The conference’s six papers are…

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October 2010

News – Defence of Calvinism

Defence of Calvinism This November marks the third Defence of Calvinism conference for men at Bawtry Hall, near Doncaster.      This gathering initially developed from the idea of a young man who was training for the ministry. He expressed the desire for a conference where young men could be exposed to the fundamentals of…

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March 2010

News – Defenders of Calvinism

Defenders of Calvinism  A men's conference called 'A defence of Calvinism' took place in December for the second year running. It was held at Bawtry Hall Conference Centre near Doncaster.      Jared Bryson from Penistone described the weekend as 'intellectually and spiritually engaging', while Marius Wahrlich from Berlin, Germany, said that it was 'challenging but…

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