I am pleased to welcome you to my personal blog, which I started in March 2009. I first became interested in blogging about five years ago, using old "blogger.com", which was cumbersome to use and I never mastered. About a year ago I discovered that Google had bought "blogger.com" and had revised it considerably, making it fun to use, so much so that I have devised at least 15 blogs on various subjects and frequently add posts and Gadgets to them.

Friday, July 10, 2009

John Calvin's 500th Birthday is Today

Happy 500th birthday, John Calvin!
In my browsing this morning I found this blog-post on John Calvin's 500th birthday, and foolishly I think, I transferred the post from gospel.com/blog/ to my own blog. I should have let the reader click on the hyperlinks in the original article.

July 10th, 2009

Happy birthday, John Calvin! 500 years ago today, the famous reformer and theologian was born in France. His preaching and writing—especially his most famous work, Institutes of the Christian Religion—have had an enormous influence on Christianity through the centuries after his death.

Here are a few interesting Calvin-related resources from the Gospel.com community and around the web:

The Wikipedia entry on John Calvin is a good place to start.

The sovereignty of God (on which the much-debated doctrine of predestination is based) was one of the central elements of Calvin’s theology. The Christian History Institute has a nice introduction to Calvin’s thoughts on God’s sovereignty, and an excerpt from the Institutes in which Calvin lays out his thoughts on the matter.

Much has been written about Calvin online, but if you prefer to dive right into his original writings, you might try SermonIndex’s collection of famous John Calvin sermons in MP3. (Recorded by modern preachers, of course—alas, John Calvin himself had no iPod or MP3 player.)

And if you’re feeling really bold, you can jump into the massive Institutes of the Christian Religion itself at the Christian Classics Ethereal Library.

Now go enjoy your weekend. And if you figure out how to fit 500 candles onto that John Calvin birthday cake you’re baking, please send us pictures…

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