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Calvin's Preaching

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This rare and important study of John Calvin's sermons gives a complete review of Calvin's preaching activity, purpose, method, and style. Included are the theological considerations that moved Calvin to preach the way he did; his view of the preacher's office, his duty, and the congregation's active participation; a historical account and the preservation of his preaching ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 1st 1992 by Westminster John Knox Press
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Ben Zornes
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
This cursory look at Calvin as a preacher is thorough, insightful, and offers sound assistance & encouragement to preachers especially, and believers in general. The historical context surrounding Calvin as preacher is very useful in understanding the man. Also, there are a few remarkable lessons learned; Calvin preached with either a Hebrew or Greek Bible and "translated on the fly" as he preached on his selected text; also, he was not afraid of preaching "politics" or of addressing sin.

Jacob Rush
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really good overview of Calvin's sermons. He shows that Calvin was not merely a skilled theologian but a faithful pastor who really believed God's Word changed people.
Jan 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book is a highly revised second edition of a book Parker wrote several decades ago. He calls it a new book because it has a different focus and uses some different material. The book is a great introduction to Calvin's theology of preaching, his method of preaching, and the content and style of his sermons. Parker has a very easy way about his writing, which made the book a quicker read than most academic books. I'd recommend this to any pastor interested in improving his understanding of p ...more
CJ Bowen
Aug 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
Excellent summary of Calvin as preacher. He considered his pulpit work to be very different from his commentating and instituting. Very practical, familial style, coupled with an almost sacramental view of preaching itself, made for powerful, affective sermons.

The book is a little weighed down by Parker's research summaries, which will probably be of use only to scholars. But don't let that detract from the stellar evaluation of Calvin's preaching ministry.
Peter Jones
Jul 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A very good book on Calvin's preaching. Parker outlines Calvin's reasons for preaching and his view of preaching, as well as his method. Calvin's high view of the preached word and his notion that the preacher must also be a scholar particularly struck me. The more I study the motives and manner of Calvin's pulpit work the more impressed I am.
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He makes a few good points early in the book, but the second two thirds of the book seemed rather pointless.
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