Calvin’s Preaching: Clearing the Air

Many who know me know that one of my heroes of the faith is John Calvin. While he is maligned by many, usually people who demonstrate by their malicious invectives that they do not really know him at all, he remains an example of what a man of God should be.

Calvin is portrayed as a stern, authoritarian figure who propounded a firm belief in the “frozen chosen” and who persecuted any who refused to bend to his rigid standard. History portrays a different figure, however, that of a man who was faithful to his calling, though he didn’t not originally desire it, and who faithfully, warmly, and relevantly preached the Scriptures week in and week out until God called him home.

John Calvin is a role model for men who would seek to be faithful in the office of pastor and for those who desire to be faithful in the proclamation of God’s Word. In the next few weeks I would like to post about Calvin’s life, ministry, and method of preaching. These posts are obviously not the final, nor the best, word on his life and ministry, but my hope is that they will at least clear the air for some and encourage others.

About Michael R. Jones

Pastor and PhD candidate writing on Paul's theology of suffering.
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