Thursday, July 10, 2008

“The Glory of Preaching the Bible”

Today marks the 499th anniversary of the birth of John Calvin (July 10, 1509-May 27, 1564). John Piper writes of how Calvin inspires him to persevere in the task of preaching the Bible. Read it, and pray that God would be pleased to bless the church in our day with real preaching—preaching which is deep and powerful and searching.

2 comments:

R.K. said...

I've been reading your blog for a while and I thought I'd share a funny quote from Robert G. Ingersoll. Apparently not everyone holds a high opinion of John Calvin.

"Calvin was of a pallid, bloodless complexion, thin, sickly, irritable, gloomy, impatient, egotistic, tyrannical, heartless, and infamous. He was a strange compound of revengeful morality, malicious forgiveness, ferocious charity, egotistic humility, and a kind of hellish justice. In other words, he was as near like the God of the Old Testament as his health permitted."

wwdunc said...

r.k.

Thank you so much for reading my blog. I appreciate that.

I hope to eventually read a biography about Calvin, so that I can better know and understand the man. If Calvin was anything like me, I'm sure he was tragically flawed in many, many ways. Nevertheless, God used him to teach, preach and write for the edification and education of His people. For that biblical legacy, I'm grateful for Calvin.

For obvious reasons, Ingersoll had his own ax to grind. The question I have to ask is, "Was what Calvin taught about God and God's word (Scripture/the Bible) true?" I can celebrate the truth Calvin taught, while his sins remind me that I, too, am a sinner. God, in His mercy, uses sinners. All glory be to God.

I hope and pray that you continue reading this blog.