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Calvin’s Death

I am reminded that yesterday marks the 453rd anniversary of John Calvin’s death on May 27, 1564. Just a few years ago on this very same day in 2014, I was able to find his gravesite in the Old Cemetery of Geneva. It was surrounded by a short black metal fence and planted with low […]

A Visit to Geneva

Three years ago today I had the joy of being able to pontificate on John Calvin’s preaching while standing next to his pulpit in Geneva. In God’s wise providence, on August 25, 1549, the Genevan deacons hired Dennis Raguenier, a french refugee, to transcribe Calvin’s sermons so that they could be published. Over the course […]

A New Calvin Book!

The year of 2017 is being celebrated around the globe as the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. In honor of that fact, Dr. David B. Calhoun (the advisor of my doctoral dissertation at Covenant Theological Seminary) published a guide to John Calvin’s masterful “Institutes of the Christian Religion.” This volume directs you to various […]

Three Treasures

Since I finished my doctoral dissertation on John Calvin’s pastoral ministry in 2012 (Covenant Theological Seminary, D.Min.), I’ve found myself increasingly interested in the Scottish Reformation. The positive effects of this profound spiritual revival have been felt for nearly five hundred years! John Knox (1514-1572)–oftentimes referred to as the “Thundering Scot”–instigated much of the Reformation […]