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Two Reformation Giants

On Sunday, September 10th, I’ll start teaching a 13-week class here in Austin at Redeemer Presbyterian Church (10:15 am). It is entitled, “Two Reformation Giants–Martin Luther (1483-1546) and John Calvin (1509-1564).” Here is a description: “If serious Christians in this current age desire to understand the practices, peculiarities, and problems of the modern church, then […]

A Biblical View of History

More on a Biblical view of “history” from Dr. Rousas J. Rushdoony: “For the orthodox Christian, history is determined by eternity, and ‘the eternal does not exist for us as a principle but as a person, and that as an absolute person.’ Moreover, ‘For us God’s being is ultimate, while created being is, in the […]

What is History?

What is history? Dr. Rousas J. Rushdoony answers, “For the orthodox Christian, who grounds his philosophy of history on the doctrine of creation, the mainspring of history is God. Time rests on the foundation of eternity, on the eternal decree of God. Time and history therefore have meaning because they were created in terms of […]

What Motivated Tyndale?

Question: “What motivated William Tyndale (1494-1536) to work so very hard to translate the Bible into English?” He realized that if the people had the Bible in their own language, that many of the false doctrines of medieval Roman Catholicism would be repudiated. He became convinced that, “It was impossible to establish the lay people […]

Wisdom from John Knox

During this tumultuous time in which we now live, I find myself drawing strength from the example of John Knox (1514-1572). Who was he? He was best known as a fiery Scottish preacher who won his nation for the gospel. One biographer states, “In the hearts of Scotsmen…he became the Moses of the Scots; more […]

Calvin’s Birth

Before the summer ends, it is fitting for me to note that July is the 508th anniversary of the birth of John Calvin, the great Protestant Reformer of Geneva, Switzerland. John Calvin was born in Noyon, France. He was the second child of Gerard and Jeanne Cauvin. Historians dispute the actual date of Calvin’s birth: […]

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 […]