Calvin carried on a very extensive correspondence throughout his ministry, writing to people and churches he knew and even to those he did not know. He answered theological questions, offered advice to troubled churches, encouraged pastors and friends, and wrote letters of consolation to those in distress.
Presbyterian Theological Seminary is holding a symposium to commemorate the 500th Birthday Anniversary of John Calvin (1509-1564) on October 9-10, 2009. I have been invited to speak in one of the group sessions in the afternoon of the second day on the topic “Calvin and the Reformation of Worship.”
In a response to a commenter on a recent post, I pointed out that even those whom we consider today as theological giants are as grasshoppers compared with the intellectual and theological giants of the 16th century Reformation period. One of those giants is Theodore Beza (1519-1605).
Who were these Waldensians who, with their small numbers and poverty, defied powerful Rome for five centuries with their firm and clear message of living the Christian faith only according to God’s Word? Who were these faithful believers who would put today’s evangelicals, with their gospel of prosperity and happy-clappy worship, to horrible shame?
What did Calvin teach about public worship? If you see in your own church a lack of God-centered, Christ- centered, Word-and-Sacrament-centered worship, then ask yourself, â€œIs our church an heir of the 16th century Protestant Reformation, or is our church in need of another sweeping 21st century Reformation?”