I was intrigued by the title of a new devotional guide entitled “Coffee with Calvin,” which has just been published by our Presbyterian publishing house. It is interesting to me that, in this country, the theology of John Calvin still resonates. For example, 30% of the Southern Baptists describe themselves as “Calvinistic” and many large independent churches have reclaimed his theology today.
There is no doubt that he appeals to the intellect, but we also take seriously that we are “Reformed and being Reformed.” What I like about this new book, which I will be teaching this fall, is that Donald McKim approaches Calvin from a devotional perspective.
Let me give you a brief perspective on Scripture.
“Just as with old or bleary-eyed men and those with weak vision, if you thrust before them a most beautiful volume… (they) can scarcely construe two words, but with the aid of spectacles, will begin to read distinctly, so Scripture… having dispersed our dullness, clearly shows us the true God” (Calvin Institutes 1.6.1
Reflecting upon this, McKim notes that (in summary) Calvin believed that we are born with an innate knowledge of God, but that it is clouded by our sin. The Bible shows us who God is and what God does!
At the time of the Reformation, this was a revolutionary statement. Throughout history, this has been further refined but it is still useful to look at scripture this way.
So if you are interested in going down this journey, the book is “Coffee with Calvin” by Donald K McKim – Published by WJK 2013. I will be leading a program on this in October.