An Early Response to Calvin’s ‘Institutes’
I’m really enjoying the 1541 Institutes,1 and have now reached around page 160. I had been working through him at a fairly fast pace, but came down with a really bad dose of tonsillitis last week, and spent a few days in bed with a high temperature. It’s so frustrating to have time off and not be able to read!!
Calvin’s understanding of man is spellbinding. I was reading him on the National Express on the way into London on the first day of the Westminster Conference, and found his balance between not shrinking back from man’s utter depravity, and yet celebrating the vestiges of God’s creative glory persisting in our aesthetic sense, to be so refreshing. I felt that he nailed ‘holy worldliness’ so well! I’m at the tail end of his treatment of the Law now, and once again have had my heart warmed and challenged.
I’m so glad that Banner decided to release this edition. It’s brevity and leanness lend it an immediacy and force that I don’t think I picked up in the Battles edition. Robert White’s translation is a joy as well; none of those rough edges or idiomatic oddities that I find so often spoil translated works.
I’m really enjoying the 1541 Institutes,1 and have now reached around page 160. I had been working through him at a fairly fast pace, but came down with a really bad dose of tonsillitis last week, and spent a few days in bed with a high temperature. It’s so frustrating to have time off and […]
Setting the Word of God Free January 17, 2020
The problem that confronts us all and dwarfs every other is how are we to bring the Word of God to our generation? If the apostles saw fit to appoint others to serve tables that they might devote themselves ‘continually to prayer and the ministry of the Word,’ it is clear that any ministry which […]
Unexpected Joys: A Trip to a Banner Ministers’ Conference January 13, 2020
In the video below, join a pastor, a ruling elder, an intern, and a seminary student as they travel from Greenville, SC to a Banner Ministers’ Conference in Elizabethtown, PA. https://youtu.be/GGbad-PkSDo The US Ministers’ Conference is an annual event in Elizabethtown, PA, where men gather from a variety of ministerial vocations to worship God and […]