Here’s an article from Time Magazine’s series “10 Ideas Changing the World Right Now” about John Calvin’s continuing cultural impact and how it’s being felt 500 years later. It’s interesting to note that Time has a clearer understanding of Calvin’s teachings on God’s sovereignty than some Presbyterians have, at least as it’s lightly flitted over in this short article.
And, here also, at the Christian Reader, is a good review of Steven J. Lawson’s book, The Expository Genius of John Calvin. Calvin really has my attention because I can see the urgent need for the generation that’s growing up now (that would be the generation my kids are in…) to model Calvin in his rigorous study of scripture, his understanding of the times in which he lived, his vision for scriptural solutions to the problems before him, and his ability to communicate brilliantly.
Here is an exerpt from Eric Rauch’s article:
“In an age of PowerPoint presentations and preaching to the felt needs of the congregation, the expository style of John Calvin needs to be recovered. Calvin believed that God knew best what His people should know, and he faithfully taught what God had to say: word-by-word, verse-by-verse. Topical sermons approach the Bible as a sort of encyclopedia of divine wisdom, often taking a pre-conceived conclusion TO the Bible looking for scriptural support. Lawson commends Calvin’s preaching method as a needed antidote to halt the modern church’s slide into secularism and irrelevance.”
This one is now on my list to find and read.