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John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine, Doxology Hardcover – November 28, 2008
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If you have neglected Calvin's writings for fear they are too difficult or too dreary, this book will change your mind. It is a compendium of his thought presented, as we might expect from these writers, clearly, engagingly, and with a devotional warmth that encourages us to know the God who we worship. --Alistair Begg: Senior Pastor, Parkside Church Chagrin Falls, Ohio
To my knowledge there never has been a collection of authors of any edited volume under whose ministry I would rather sit than these. What stands out is that they are humble, holy men of God. Most of them are too old too seasoned to care about scoring points. Their lives witness to the preciousness of Christ and the importance of purity. Expect no bombast. Expect humble, measured admiration and wise application. This is a good way to meet John Calvin: in the holy hearts of humble servants of Christ. The only better way would be to read the man himself. --Dr. John Piper of Desiring God Ministries
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Editor bio: Rev. Burk Parsons serves as minister of congregational life at Saint Andrew's Chapel in Sanford, Fla., and is the editor of Tabletalk, the monthly Bible-study magazine of Ligonier Ministries. He holds a degree in biblical studies from Trinity College and the M.Di. from Reformed Theological Seminary. Rev. Parsons is also editor of the book Assured by God: Living in the Fullness of God's Grace.
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"...the amount of misrepresentation to which Calvin's theology has been subjected has been enough to prove his doctrine of total depravity several times over!"
-J.I. Packer, The Collected Shorter Writings of J. I. Packer
There are so many quotable quotes in this book it's difficult to choose which ones to include in this review to whet the appetite of anyone who might be interested in reading the book.
Iain H. Murray writes this in the Foreward:
"Sometimes the impression can be given to other Christians that we regard `Calvinism' as co-terminus with Christianity and that we think all gospel preaching can be fitted into the five points. The five points are not to be depreciated, but God is incomprehensibly greater than our understanding, and there are other truths to be preached far beyond our capacity to harmonize.
Calvin cautions us here. In speaking of the indiscriminate invitations of Christ in John 5, he observes, `He is ready to give himself, provided that they are only willing to believe.' He can say that `nothing of all that God wishes to be saved shall perish' and yet warn his hearers lest the opportunity of salvation `pass away from us.' He speaks of Christ's `great kindness' to Judas and affirms, `Christ does not lay Judas under the necessity of perishing.' If on occasions, when in controversy with opponents of Scripture, Calvin unduly presses the implications of a doctrine, he guards against that temptation in his general preaching and teaching.Read more ›
This is critical for those who want to read Calvin. He is often depicted as a cold, stoic and heartless man. That's partly due to the system of theology that bears his name , and more correctly by those who follow his system of theology. But after this book, hopefully your opinions will change. If you've read my new years resolutions you'll know I'm tired of defending the five points of Calvinism, and that is exactly why I enjoyed this book. The preface by Iain Murray blew me away. He's worth quoting at length:
We believe that divine revelation has come to us in words and in propositions, and for these we must contend. But truth is only rightly believed to the extent that it is embodied in life. (page xiv)
Too often, in our time, beliefs associated with the name Calvin, have been identified with the lecture hall and the academy. We have found it easier to be "teachers" and "defenders" of the truth than to be evangelists who are willing to die that men might be converted. We regard "Calvinism" as co-terminus with Christianity and think that all gospel preaching can be fitted into the five points.Read more ›
The first eight chapters are primarily about Calvin the man. There is a chapter which contains a brief biographical sketch and chapters on the various mantles Calvin wore in his service to God: Reformer, churchman, preacher, counselor, and writer. Taken together, the picture we see is of a man of many gifts, all used in service to God.
The seventh chapter,"The Counselor to the Afflicted" by W. Robert Godfrey, includes excerpts from Calvin's extensive pastoral correspondence which show his tenderhearted care for people who were suffering. To a father who had lost his son, he wrote:
"When I first received the intelligence of the death ... of your son Louis, I was so utterly overpowered that for many days I was fit for nothing but to grieve; and albeit I was somehow upheld before the Lord by those aids wherewith he sustains our souls in affliction among men, however, I was almost a nonentity."
Not exactly the stone-cold ivory-towered theologian of the common Calvin caricature, is he?
The rest of the chapters--ten of them--are essays on the teaching of Calvin on doctrines that he emphasized, starting with one on the supremacy of Jesus Christ and another on the work of the Spirit.Read more ›
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Enjoyed the book though I am still trying to grasp much about Calvin and his understanding of GOD. Very deep stuff!Published 11 months ago by ThomasA
extremely good to help one gain insight into the mind of John Calvin.Published 14 months ago by Frank Lane
An excellent collections of essays which distill the life of Calvin and his theology.Published 18 months ago by Anton K.