Throughout this year our attention has been on another of the Reformers, the Genevan Reformer John Calvin, it being the 500th anniversary of his birth. And so it is appropriate we give some highlights to him today being reformation Sunday.
Calvin has been described as ‘the reluctant but willing Reformer’. Though Calvin’s contributions to the Reformation are many, he is perhaps best known as the theologian of the Reformation, for it is Calvin, probably more than anyone else since the Apostles, who articulated in a systematic way biblical truth, and gave the robust undergirding to the faith of God’s people not only in that age but even to today. But don’t be fooled, he was no dry theologian. He was a Pastor and he taught theology with a view to the daily life of God’s people. Above all else Calvin was a passionate and compassionate pastor to the people of God whom he served throughout his life.