Saturday - April 13, 2013

In a departure from the traditional format of “The Daily Calvin”, the following is submitted.

Meet the John Calvin you just thought you knew.

“John Calvin: A Heart For Devotion, Doctrine, & Doxology”, published in 2008 by Reformation Trust, a division of Ligonier Ministries.

John Calvin’s name evokes powerful images, most of them negative. In the minds of many, he is perceived as an ivory-tower theologian who was harsh and unreasonable, the driving force behind a dangerous theological system. In this volume, Burk Parsons and eighteen other leading Reformed pastors and scholars authoritatively reveal the truth about Calvin and his teaching — that he was humble, caring, pious, Scripture-saturated, and, above all, passionate about upholding the glory of God. This book offers a highly readable portrait of a man whose example and teaching remain vitally relevant even in the 21st century.
-Reformation Trust Publishing

To my knowledge there never has been a collection of authors of any edited volume under whose ministry I would rather sit than these. What stands out is that they are humble, holy men of God. Most of them are too old — too seasoned — to care about scoring points. Their lives witness to the preciousness of Christ and the importance of purity. Expect no bombast. Expect humble, measured admiration and wise application. This is a good way to meet John Calvin: in the holy hearts of humble servants of Christ. The only better way would be to read the man himself.
-John Piper

Deep calls to deep, and Burk Parsons’ rich and insightful work on John Calvin takes us both deep and wide into the heart of this extraordinary saint. Most of all, I’m grateful to God that a whole new generation of believers can now be introduced to one of the greatest theologians of all time. I highly recommend this book to all who seeking a closer — and deeper — walk with our Savior! -Joni Eareckson Tada

If you have neglected Calvin’s writings for fear they are too difficult or too dreary, this book will change your mind. It is a compendium of his thought presented, as we might expect from these writers, clearly, engagingly, and with a devotional warmth that encourages us to know the God whom we worship. -Alistair Begg