Remembering Calvin’s Birthday
As those of you who have been readers of DET for any significant length of time know, I’m a big Calvin fan. This doesn’t mean that I consider myself a “Calvinist” in the usual sense of the term (I suspect that most “Calvinists” wouldn’t want to include me in their club, anyway), my theological thinking has been deeply impacted by Calvin. I have only become more interested in him as I have studied him over the past 8 years or so, and every new facet of him that I become acquainted with – whether it is his commentaries, his sermons, his biography, his civic accomplishments, etc – only serves to pull me in deeper.
There are a number of conferences and events taking place this summer to commemorate this 500th anniversary of Calvin’s birth. Information on such things is not hard to find. For my own part, I have written two pieces on Calvin and preaching for the two most recent issues of Homiletics, which I – of course – would be most vainly gratified if you happened to look up in your local theological library. But, I also wanted to take this opportunity to point you to some of the resources on Calvin to be found here at DET:
- There is, of course, the Calvin tag.
- One of my favorite posts on this blog has to do with what Calvin might say about celebrating the Lord’s Supper with Mountain Dew and Doritos!
- Then there is my sermon that deals with Calvin, the church, the government, and swords.
- My series on Reading Scripture with John Calvin cannot be forgotten. The entirety of Calvin’s commentary on 1 Peter has been examined. More in this series is coming sometime in the not-too-distant future.
- Finally, there is my post offering suggestions on how to go about beginning to study Calvin for yourself – entitled, “So, You Want to Read John Calvin?”
P.S. My friend and colleague Darren is posting a series on Calvin’s christology in commemoration of this event. Be sure to check it out.