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A few years ago, I had the opportunity to speak with a University student who grew up in Geneva. When he told me where he was from, I asked him if he had ever heard of John Calvin (he was not a Christian). He reacted to my question as if I had connected jumper cables to his ears, “Calvin! Calvin! We shall NEVER get away from Calvin!”

I thought then that if the mere mention of your name causes someone to get a huge case of the vapors over 450 years after your death, you must have done something right. Most men who lived half a millennium ago have been completely forgotten. The bear mention of Calvin’s name still gives men the sweats.

Calvin’s work will never be forgotten — and justly so. What a work it was! I’ve heard ministers complain loudly about having to prepare two sermons each week. Here’s Calvin’s work week:

His schedule from 1541 to 1549 involved three weekday sermons given at five in the evening and three Sunday services (one at daybreak, one at nine o’clock, and one at three o’clock).
On the days he did not preach, he lectured at the academy.
On Thursday he met with the elders.

After 1549, Calvin preached at 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on the Lord’s Day and gave one sermon each weekday every other week (Monday through Saturday) — he preached ten times every 14 days.
During the week he preached on the Old Testament and on Sundays, from the New Testament — sometimes expounding the Psalms on Sunday afternoons.

Here’s a list of the books of the Bible he covered in his weekly Sunday sermons:

He preached through the book of Acts (from 1549-1554—189 sermons);
the Pauline Epistles (from 1554-1558—65 sermons);
the Gospels (from 1559-1564).

During the week he preached through Jeremiah and Lamentations (up to 1550);
the Minor Prophets and Daniel (1550-1552);
Ezekiel (1552-1554);
Job (1554-1555);
Deuteronomy (1555-1556);
Isaiah (1556-1559);
Genesis (1559-1561);
Judges (1561);
I Samuel and II Samuel (1561-1563);
I & II Kings (1563-1564).

In addition to all this, he carried on a voluminous correspondence; wrote commentaries; composed rebuttals to the errors of opponents; fended off slander, rumors, and personal attacks from innumerable enemies; dealt with numerous controversies; taught at the academy and daily cared for an invalid wife (who was bed-ridden the last four years of her life before her death in 1550).

AND he did all this while enduring terrible health himself. Calvin had a very weak constitution and spent nearly every day of his adult life in pain; daily having to bear up under some illness, ailment, or physical discomfort. Which makes all that he accomplished all the more amazing.

Ok. So I repent of complaining about how much I have to do. Compared to pastor John’s schedule and his trials, I’ve spent my life on the beach.

July 10 is the 500th anniversary of Calvin’s birth. Let’s pray that the Lord will enable us to can get something done.

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Kill the swine

Uh, no. That’s NOT the wicked witch of the West, it’s Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Ginsburg, silly. But then again . . .

Justice Ginsburg just gave an interview to the New York Times Magazine (to be published this coming Sunday) in which she acknowledges she always thought that abortion was originally intended to rid the world of those sorts of people that the rest of us don’t desire to be around.

Here’s the quote from the interview:

Q: If you were a lawyer again, what would you want to accomplish as a future feminist legal agenda?

JUSTICE GINSBURG: Reproductive choice has to be straightened out. There will never be a woman of means without choice anymore. That just seems to me so obvious. The states that had changed their abortion laws before Roe [to make abortion legal] are not going to change back. So we have a policy that affects only poor women, and it can never be otherwise, and I don’t know why this hasn’t been said more often.

Q: Are you talking about the distances women have to travel because in parts of the country, abortion is essentially unavailable, because there are so few doctors and clinics that do the procedure? And also, the lack of Medicaid for abortions for poor women?

JUSTICE GINSBURG: Yes, the ruling about that surprised me. [Harris v. McRae — in 1980 the court upheld the Hyde Amendment, which forbids the use of Medicaid for abortions.] Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of. So that Roe was going to be then set up for Medicaid funding for abortion. Which some people felt would risk coercing women into having abortions when they didn’t really want them. But when the court decided McRae, the case came out the other way. And then I realized that my perception of it had been altogether wrong.”

In fact, of course, Justice Ginsburg’s perception was absolutely right. Just ask Margaret Sanger. Planned Parenthood’s mission was to eliminate “genetically inferior races” whose tendency to be fruitful and multiply upset the members of the genetically “superior races.” Justice Ginsburg is simply honest enough to admit that this was the plan all along.

[thanks to Ty Seal for making me aware of this article; read George Grant’s Immaculate Deception for the truth about Planned Parenthood]

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