Everyday Prayer with John Calvin
P&R Publishing, 136 pages
Conversations with Calvin
Cascade Books, 186 pages
Donald K. McKim
Donald McKim has developed the art of condensing the insights of theologians into “conversations” for ordinary people — this time with John Calvin. Previously, McKim wrote about Karl Barth and Dietrich Bonhoeffer in the same format. And there is more to come! That’s good news, because Lord knows we need to linger longer with theology that is good for the mind and strengthens the spirit. The church is showing signs of decline in so many places, with worship attendance erratic at best, depending on sporting events and other “pressing” matters. Yet faithful pastors continue to preach the gospel and seek to lead the people in prayer and courageous service.
These books, focusing our attention on the best of Calvin, will help pastors and the people they serve by reminding us of the sovereignty of God and the centrality of prayer. How often have you heard, “I don’t have time for Calvin”? Or, “What possibly could Calvin teach us?” McKim’s steady attention to that question has resulted in simple (though not by any means simplistic) mediations from Calvin on Scripture, theology and more. Each quote is accompanied by an opportunity to pray and discern next best steps. As I’ve said previously, imagine what could happen if elders and deacons and pastors committed to a month (or a year!) of reading Calvin (or Barth or Bonhoeffer), and discussed what they are learning? Imagine.