John Calvin’s Birthday

Today is the birthday of the Great Reformer, John Calvin.  I was reminded by a few sources of this, but the reminder that was most humbling for me as a pastor was this recounting of the preaching ministry of this giant of the faith.

And so we trace him preaching on Sundays with one hundred and eighty-nine sermons on the Acts between 1549 and 1554, a shorter series on some of the Pauline letters between 1554 and 1558, and the sixty-five on the Harmony of the Gospels between 1559 and 1564. During this time the weekdays saw series on Jeremiah and Lamentations (up to 1550), on the Minor Prophets and Daniel (1550-2), the one hundred and seventy-four on Ezekiel (1552-4), the one hundred and fifty-nine on Job (1554-5), the two hundred on Deuteronomy (1555-6), the three hundred and forty-two on Isaiah (1556-9), then one hundred twenty-three on Genesis (1559-61), a short set on Judges (1561), one hundred and seven on 1 Samuel and eighty-seven on 2 Samuel (1561-3) and a set on 1 Kings (1563-4).   (From John Calvin: A Biography, by T. H. L. Parker, 1975.  HT, Desiring God Blog)

I challenge any preaching pastor to read that and then think he has too much to prepare!

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  1. Wow. Compared to that, your series on Acts was just a brief overview!


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