Venema on Calvin Now in Print

Thanks to Michael at Twenty-First Century Tabletalk for alerting us to the publication of Cornel Venema’s dissertation. This is a great work. I did not find it until I had finished my own thesis on Olevianus. We reached very similar conclusions about . . . Continue reading →

Kick Off Calvin’s 500th Birthday Celebration with WSC!

Westminster Seminary California is very happy to begin the year-long birthday bash for our favorite Reformer, John Calvin (1509-1564). We’re doing so with a conference 16-17 January, on the WSC campus, Calvin’s Legacy: Reforming the Church Today.

Calvin’s Short Treatise on the Lord’s Supper (1541; pt 1)

Given some of the discussions that have taken place recently on the HB on the topic of the Lord’s Supper I thought it would be helpful to post Calvin’s Short Treatise (Petit traicté de la saincte cène; 1541) in a series of . . . Continue reading →

Calvin’s Short Treatise on the Lord’s Supper (1541; Pt 2)

Part one. 7. The Means of Knowing the Great Benefit of the Supper It is now time to come to the second point, viz., to show how the Lord’s Supper is profitable to us, provided we use it profitably. Now we shall know its . . . Continue reading →

To the Evangelical Nicodemites

Over the last few years there have been a few laments about “Reformed rocks stars.” Carl Trueman has rightly warned against the cult of personality. Now I would like to turn the tables. If we should be concerned about rock stars and . . . Continue reading →

Calvin and the Reform of Worship

I had a “perfect” outline: 7 points. Trouble is, I got through only 3 of them. I didn’t do much better in the Adult Class yesterday morning at Oceanside URC! For what it’s worth, here is the outline from the conference:

Calvin on "The Real Prosperity Gospel"

Christianity Today is running a series entitled, “Re-Formed” featuring essays by “John Calvin with Knox Bucer-Beza”—identified by CT as “the author of the Institutes of the Christian Religion and commentaries on most books of the Bible, both of which were sources of . . . Continue reading →

Calvin in the Hands of Anglican Revisers (1)

N. T. (Tom) Wright has published a new volume articulating again his proposed revision of the way Paul’s doctrine of justification should be understood. The volume is Justification: God’s Plan and Paul’s Vision (IVP Academic, 2009). In the preface he indicates that . . . Continue reading →