God’s Word Prepares Us for Suffering | John Calvin

The following quotation is from one of Calvin’s sermons that were collected together as a short book. Its subject is a heavy one. Many who claimed to agree with the Reformation were buckling under the threat of (and often enacted) persecution. A common mentality was of private support of Protestantism, while maintaining the public motions …

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God’s Due Worship | John Calvin

The Necessity of Reforming the Church is John Calvin’s short treatise to Emperor Charles V explaining why the Reformation was necessary. Therefore, it is a powerful summary of why the Reformers saw the need for a reformation in the first place. The following quotation is of Calvin describing the natural progression of true worship. I …

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Why I’m Not a Stoic

Of all the various philosophies to choose from, Stoicism is particularly fascinating to me (as I've noted previously). Far from the stereotype of seeking to remain emotionless through life, Stoics seeks to live each day as if they might not have another, to master their primal appetites and desires, and to face with resolve and …

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Calvin on Avoiding Ungodliness and Worldly Desires

While reading through Banner of Truth's beautiful gift edition of Calvin's A Guide to Christian Living, which is itself a short section from his Institutes, I read this powerful section and thought it quite worth sharing. But really, buy and read the whole thing. Ligonier also published a translation called A Little Book on the Christian Life. Elsewhere …

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