John Calvin, faith and wondering if your plane is going to crash


Almost a week ago now, I was flying home from a thing I had to do in Orlando that I’ll be writing about at some point but it isn’t what this post is about.

As I’ve written previously, I’ve been reading a book by John Calvin called A Little Book on the Christian Life. It’s an amazing book and you should absolutely buy it and read it. Seriously. It’s only $5 for the ebook version. It’s a quick read if you don’t have four kids and a full time job and ministry responsibilities. Actually, even then, it’s a quick read.

Each chapter takes about 20 minutes to work through and what you get in return is blessed.

Reading this little book is like being spoken to by your pastor with a Bible between the two of you. It isn’t filled with complicated theology or any mention of the Canons of Dort that somehow keep getting pinned solely to Calvin.

Instead, what you read is an exhortation to treasure the Word of God and relationship with Him above all else. More than riches, family, comfort or life itself.

That last bit is… well, it takes on a whole new meaning when you are flying.

My flight left on time and was looking to arrive something like a half hour early. I was feeling good. That’s when the turbulence began.

When we left Orlando, the pilot told us that the weather in Chicago was 79 and clear. When we were over Indiana, some passengers noticed that we had begun to fly in a circle. That’s when we were told that the temperature in Chicago had dropped to 45, visibility was about 8 miles and the wind was gusting up to 25 miles an hour.

It was right then that I was being told by Calvin to treasure Christ over my own life. To trust in Him alone, as I wondered if I was going to see my family again.

But the thing is that he was right. It’s in those moments when you are reminded that your life is not in your hands. It’s in His, and He will do a far better job with it than you ever could.

So while it wasn’t the most comfortable place to be reading the book, as I was surrounded by the sounds of people who had just been to Disney World being sick in paper bags, but it was definitely the right place to be reading that book.

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A Little Book on the Christian Life

So far this year I have completely failed to meet my reading goals besides those in Scripture. For March, I’m hoping to change that by giving myself the smallest book I could find. It was even released in this new edition today which is an extra bonus.

While procrastinating

I should be figuring out stuff for the Vlog that I’m going to do that is definitely me ripping off Joshua Harris but will be much more me figuring out how to speak well. But instead I’m and eating chips and salsa and finally taking a crack at A Puritan Theology.

 

About to read – The Expository Genius of John Calvin

I’ve been wanting to read a lot more lately than I have actually been able to. Some of this has been due to simple time constraints but it’s also due to laziness. Reading takes time and up until recently, my “free time” has been spent either on social media or knitting. Now that I’m a couple weeks into my fast from Twitter and Facebook, I find my mind more able to sit and focus. I’ve even been journaling semi-consistently. 
For my birthday, I received a bunch of biographies that I had asked for from the Long Line of Godly Men series. I had read a good chunk of the ebook version on Isaac Watts but haven’t had a chance to continue so I’m leaving that one to the side for now and starting on The Expository Genius of John Calvin. I’m really looking forward to getting into it as I’ve been wanted to read more about the reformers and have been listening to the 5 Minutes in Church History podcast.

As soon as I finish this I’ll be sharing my thoughts here and then starting on either Luther’s biography or one of the Puritan Paperbacks.