Category Archives: Calvin/Calvinism

Dave Hunt Dies

I had the opportunity to meet Dave Hunt on a couple of occasions. I sat attentively in one of his talks where he opposed Calvinism. If my memory serves me right, he said something like this: I was amazed at … Continue reading

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He Breathed on them

Calvin writes about our Lord’s commissioning of his disciples in John 20: “And, indeed, to govern the Church of God, to carry the embassy of eternal salvation, to erect the kingdom of God on earth, and to raise men to … Continue reading

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Evening of Goodness, Truth, and Beauty at Trinitas Christian School

Dr. George Grant exhorted and encouraged us this evening to conquer the world. This remarkably titanic vision, he argued, is actually grounded in the prayer our Lord taught us: “Thy kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.” We … Continue reading

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Painters Plus in Pensacola, Florida

Honoring others is becoming a lost art, but Paul says in I Thessalonians 5 that honoring those in the congregation is part of our calling. Allow me to honor a dear friend and parishioner, Mark Price.  Mark has endured over these … Continue reading

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Different Dispositions

Calvin is highly devotional and pastoral in his commentary on I Thessalonians 5. Reading that section alone is a conviction masterpiece. In a lengthy series of exhortations on how to deal with the idle and disruptive, Paul does not have … Continue reading

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Calvin and the Sacraments

My former professor Keith Mathison’s work Given For You is undoubtedly the best work on Calvin’s view of the Sacraments. The book argues that Calvin avoided the pit-falls of the Roman Church and the symbolic memorialism of the Zwinglians. Rather, Calvin … Continue reading

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If You Continue in My Word…

The call of discipleship is a costly call. Discipleship is desperately needed in the Church today. When Luther went to Rome his fellow monks assumed that Luther would find the beauty of Rome to be irresistible. However, Luther became quickly aware … Continue reading

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Calvin on Weekly Communion

“The Eucharist in the Reformation by Lee Palmer Wandel Wandel asserts the centrality of frequent communion in Calvin’s theology: “Perhaps most important of all, however, was Calvin’s insistence on frequency.  Most evangelicals condemned the medieval requirement of annual communion as nonscriptural.  Luther condemned it … Continue reading

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New Calvinist on the Block

My old friend Dee Dee Warren has endured a great deal of struggles in the last few years, yet she continues to persevere. She has been one of the leading defenders of Preterism (Orthodox Preterism). Her website came to my … Continue reading

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Quarreling, Machen’s Warrior Children, Reformed & CREC

C.S. Lewis argues that quarreling demands a certain a priori knowledge of right and wrong. Quarreling also demands a certain knowledge of the quarreler. I follow–as I have for almost ten years–the Reformed wars. I follow these wars as someone … Continue reading

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Calvin on Reason

All my years of reading Calvin (a weekly part of my sermon preparation) I have often found him much more consistent with a VanTilian way of looking at reason than other attempts that claim Calvin. In his commentary on John, … Continue reading

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Shepherds and Wolves

Calvin observes in his commentary on John 10: No plague is more destructive to the Church, than when wolves ravage under the garb of shepherds. False shepherds are everywhere. This is a further call for ministers to uphold truth. Societies, and … Continue reading

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Everything is Dependent on God

Calvin’s observation on Psalm 148 is another description of the complete dependence of everything in heaven and on earth of God: And, speaking of the creation, he adds what is even more worthy of observation, that he gave that law … Continue reading

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The Eloquence of Infants

John Calvin observes: “[I]nfants, while they nurse at their mothers’ breasts, have tongues so eloquent to preach his glory that there is no need at all of other orators.”

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Absolution

At Strasbourg, Calvin used the following words of absolution in his French liturgy, which he composed working from Bucer’s German model: Let each of you confess that you are truly a sinner who must humble himself before God and believe … Continue reading

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Leithart on Iconoclastic Charity

Peter Leithart writes: Muir again: “Images . . . ate up pious resources that could better be spent in assisting the poor, whom Zwingli described as the true ‘image’ of God.  The hope of reformers such as Zwingli was that … Continue reading

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Our Responsibility as Individuals…

God does save us as individuals. But this does not mean that he wants us to live out our lives in isolation from a corporate involvement. We need to find our individual callings in the context of the larger calling … Continue reading

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Are Calvinists comfortable with Calvin?

Calvin writes concerning the Church: “[B]ecause it is now our intention to discuss the visible church, let us learn from the simple title ‘mother’ how useful, indeed how necessary, it is that we should know her. For there is no … Continue reading

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Delivering His Children

Calvin writes concerning Psalm 94:4: As the Lord’s people had formerly to endure the heavy trial of seeing the Church subjected to this wild tyranny and misrule, we should account it no strange thing to see the Church suffering still … Continue reading

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Infrequent Celebration of the Supper is the Devil’s Work

What we have so far said of the Sacrament abundantly shows that it was not ordained to be received only once a year—and that, too, perfunctorily, as now is the usual custom. Rather it was ordained to be frequently used … Continue reading

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Know Surely…

… that you did not come to Christ because God looked down the corridors of time and saw your free choice, rather, God in His rich mercy poured His grace upon you, so your eyes would be open to see … Continue reading

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On the Image of God in the Word, Calvin

The ministry of the word, I say, is like a looking-glass For the angels have no need of preaching, or other inferior helps, nor of sacraments, for they enjoy a vision of God of another kind;  and God does not give … Continue reading

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On Wine, Calvin

We are nowhere forbidden to laugh, or to be satisfied with food…or to be delighted with music, or to drink wine…it is permissible to use wine not only for necessity, but also to make us merry.–John Calvin

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John Calvin on Union with Christ in Salvation

We must now examine this question. How do we receive those benefits which the Father bestowed on his only-begotten Son–not for Christ’s own private use, but that he might enrich poor and needy men? First, we must understand that as … Continue reading

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Calvin on I Corinthians 12

I am rather inclined, however, to understand him as referring to the Supper, as he makes mention of drinking, for I haev no doubt that he intended to make an allusion to the similitude of the sign.–John Calvin on I … Continue reading

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Are you a Hyper-Calvinist?

In preparing for my discussion on Total Depravity at Providence Church, I have been reading through my old Professor John Frame’s Introduction to the Reformed Faith. In discussing Hyper-Calvinism he writes in a footnote: It is hard to define hyper-Calvinism. … Continue reading

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Calvin, the Forerunner

From Contra Mundum, Volume I, 1955 We do not, however, believe that John Calvin settled all theological, or political, or social or economic problems. We paraphrase a great author on another subject: It has never happened in any other case … Continue reading

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Quote, Calvin on God’s Protection

…that the faithful nave no reason to be afraid, since God is always ready to deliver them, nay, is also armed with invincible power. He shows in this that the true and proper proof of our hope consists in this, … Continue reading

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Calvin on Law and Gospel, John 10:14

Every Sunday after I give the Lord’s commission to His covenant people (this month from Acts 1:8) I tell them to live according to the commands of the gospel. This would appear to be an unthinkable dichotomy in some Reformed … Continue reading

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Calvin on the breathing of the Spirit

If it be objected, that we ought not to blame the Popish bishops, when by breathing they consecrate their priests, because in those cases the word of Christ accompanies the sign, the answer is obvious. In the first place, Christ … Continue reading

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