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John Calvin – Too Young?

Much has been written about the life of John Calvin, especially in the last year or two with the celebration of the Genevan reformer’s 500th birthday. This article is not intended to be an exhaustive examination of his entire life. There is already a wealth of material which does that. I would suggest that the […]

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John Calvin restored faith to the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. Faith as an instrument by which Jesus Christ is received in the Supper was nonexistent, indeed nonessential, in the Romish doctrine of transubstantiation which held sway for over 1,500 years before Calvin was born. The purpose of the Savior in instituting his Supper—the strengthening […]

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The Reformation, Geneva, TULIP, covenant of grace, predestination, the Institutes of the Christian Religion; this was John Calvin. Nearly five hundred years later, we celebrate the work of John Calvin, the foundations of our Reformed faith that were set, and the truths and correct understanding of the mysteries of God which were revealed through this […]

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The Reformed Faith of John Calvin: The Institutes in Summary, by David J. Engelsma. Reformed Free Publishing Association, 2009. Hardcover ISBN 978-0-936054-00-8, 472 pages. Available at http://www.rfpa.org. Reformed Free Publishing Association 1894 Georgetown Center Drive Jenison, Michigan 49428-7137 Phone: 616-457-5970 Mon., Wed., Thurs. 9-3 and Fri. 9-2 (EST) Fax: 616-457-5980 E-Mail: mail@rfpa.org Professor Engelsma has […]

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Calvin’s Motto

My Heart To Thee, O Lord I Offer Promptly and Sincerely What are your plans for the life you have ahead of you? You may find, as John Calvin did while a young man, that God has plans that are entirely different. Calvin writes in his preface to his commentary on the Psalms, When I […]

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Calvin Commemoratives

This uniface plaquette was produced in bronze in 1909. It is 51mm by 39mm in dimension and was done by the German company Mayer & Wilhelm of Stuttgart to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of Calvin’s birth. It has a left-facing bust of Calvin with an inscription reading: JEAN CALVIN | 1509-1564. M & W St. […]

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500 Years Ago…“Let Us Find the Truth!” (6)

For a time the king of France tolerated the new Lutheran doctrines of justification by faith alone. His own sister, Princess Margaret, embraced these doctrines herself. The princess had heard of John Calvin and his plight. She convinced her brother, the king, to be lenient with this young man, and invited Calvin back to Paris […]

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500 Years Ago… “Let Us Find the Truth!” (4)

While studying law in Bourges, Jean Chauvin, now twenty-two years old, received word that his father was dying. The year was 1531. Jean traveled back to his hometown of Noyon to see his father one last time. The young Chauvin, still with his title of chaplain, performed the funeral service for his father. And now, […]

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500 Years Ago…”Let Us Find the Truth!” (2)

Fourteen-year-old Jean Chauvin walked briskly through the narrow street on his way to visit his family. He had been staying with the Montmors, enjoying an education under tutors in their wealthy household. Jean’s father had arranged it so. But now Jean must more permanently bid farewell to his father, stepmother, two brothers, and sisters. His […]

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500 Years Ago…”Let Us Find the Truth!” (1)

A lone candle lit the darkened room where a mother held her newborn son. “Little Jean,” she whispered. She softly sang a French lullaby and kissed his head. She had heard the world was just beginning to change. The effect of the invention of the printing press was already being felt. Art and culture were […]

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Calvin vs. Sadolet

An Evaluation and Comparison of Cardinal Sadolet’s Letter to Geneva and Calvin’s Letter to Cardinal Sadolet In March 1539, nearly a year after the expulsion of John Calvin and William Farel from Geneva, Roman Catholic Cardinal James Sadolet addressed a letter to that city to attempt, in the Reformers’ absence, to win back Geneva to […]

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John Calvin’s Institutes and Ottawa County

The following essay was written in response to a scholarship offer made by the History Department of Grand Valley State University in Ottawa County, Allendale, Michigan. The scholarship demanded that in 2000 words or less, the student must explain what his or her favorite history book is. Owing to the fact that I did not […]

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John Calvin

John Calvin (Johannes Calvijn) was born on July 10, 1509 with the name Jean Cauvin, in the city of Noyon, in the Northern part of France. His father was Gerard Cauvin, the son of a skipper from Pont-l’Evêque (near Noyon), where he was in a leading position in all kinds of religious and business organizations. […]

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September 13, 1541

“Rather would I submit to death a hundred times than to that cross…” So wrote the young minister of the church of Geneva, Switzerland. Amid lake and mountains, Geneva was one of the most beautiful places in all of Europe. But its beauty was lost on this man. It was the threats, the swords and […]

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Remembering the Reformation

The only Reformed Cathedral in the world is found in the Swiss city of Geneva. The picture shows you a recent photograph of the main entrance, made of natural stone in the eleventh century in the highest part of the city. In 1534 the building was given to the Reformed Congregation and all the statues […]

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John Calvin: Hero of the Reformed Faith

The name John Calvin is well-known to us all. His name is a “household word”. But I don’t think much is known concerning his life. My purpose in writing this, is to make him a little clearer, both to myself and to others. John Calvin was born in Noyon, Picardy, in the northern part of […]

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Remember Your Creator

Remember now thy creator in the days of thy youth. The wise man Solomon had this word for us from Holy Writ. I could not help but think of this scripture as I was pondering my editorial on the Reformation. Many times you as young people take the reformation for granted. You say you care […]

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Four Outstanding Ministers

With the exception of John Calvin I met and spoke to each one personally and even prayed with one in a little group of five. All of these men have passed on to their reward, they are no longer pilgrims and strangers on the earth. One of the outstanding ministers was Dr. Donald Grey Barnhouse […]

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Catch the Vision!

The Berlin Sportpalast (Sports Palace) is packed to capacity. From thousands of voices rises a constant din. There is an air of excitement, expectancy and eagerness. People of every age and class are here, the young, the old, the middle aged, the factory worker, the office girl, the doctor, the student, the nurse and many […]

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The Origin and Value of House Visitation

The history of family visitation during the first years of the Protestant Reformation, the struggle for establishing the true Biblical religion was fierce indeed. Among the bitter problems which the reformers had to incline, there was none more contrary to the truth and more grievous to their own hearts, than that they were trying to […]

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