Today is the 500th birthday of John Calvin. Here are a few links to places that will help you understand his contribution to the church . . . .
*****From Fred Sanders at The Scriptorium:
"As far as I’m concerned, Calvin’s greatest contributions to Christian thought can be summed up in the following three accomplishments:"
1. The Institutes.
2. Calvin’s Bible Commentaries.
3. His Theological Emphasis.
Read the entire article here >>
*****At Resurgence (Mark Discoll's organization): Calvin on Faith: Christ and His Gospel
*****And this is the first of a nine part series surveying the life of Calvin on the Desiring God blog:
Born to Gerard: Life of Calvin, Part 1 July 10, 2009 By: David Mathis
"Five hundred years ago today, he was born Jean Cauvin in Noyon, France—about 70 miles north of Paris. His father was Gerard, son of a barrelmaker and boatman. Gerard was a lawyer, and it was his law practice that brought him into the everyday sphere of the church.
The young Jean benefitted immensely through his father’s ecclesiastical connections. He was able to be educated privately with the children of the wealthy De Montmor family and eventually garnered church support for his further studies.
Gerard originally planned a career for his son in the church. But when things later soured with the dioceses, he would redirect his son toward law.
When Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg on October 31, 1517, and unknowingly launched the Reformation in earnest, the young Calvin was a mere 8 years old. He likely heard very little, if anything, about the rebellious German monk until he left for university in Paris at age 14. There he would hear more."
You can follow the series here >>
*****Further information may be found at:
1. Calvin 2009
2. Calvin 500 Blog
3. Calvin 500 Resources
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