Happy Birthday John Calvin (1509-1564)

John Calvin (1509-1564) was born in France and became a lawyer and later a theology student. He wrote the Institutes of the Christian Religion. He was introduced to Luther’s teachings while he was a student in Paris and agreed with Luther’s views on predestination. He created and systemized the Reformed tradition in Protestantism.

Strange but True

  • For much of his life, John Calvin was very sick. He had migraine headaches, arthritis, kidney stones, gout, and more. Sometimes people had to carry him to the pulpit so he could preach.
  • Because of his illnesses and stomach troubles, John often ate only one meal a day.
  • John was only 55 years old when he died, but in the 16th century that wasn’t so young, since many people died before age 50.

We’re not sure where John is buried because he didn’t want his grave to have a name on it. (He wanted people to honor God, not him.)

John Calvin and You

If your church is a Reformed Church, you’re connected to John Calvin!
Years ago in the Netherlands, many Dutch people followed the teachings of John Calvin in what they called “Reformed” churches. When Dutch people came to live in Canada and the United States, they started Reformed churches in their new homeland.
Today,  Reformed people aren’t only Dutch—they’re African American, Cuban, Hmong, Korean, Navajo, Nigerian, and more. John Calvin has touched the lives of people all over the world!

Things and People Named After John Calvin

John Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the United States

Calvin in the cartoon “Calvin and Hobbes”

Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Calvin Theological Seminary

Click here to read more about John Calvin.




About Jian Ming Zhong

In short, I am a five point calvinist, amillennial, post-trib rapture, paeudobaptistic (not for salvation), classical cessationism , and covenantal. I embrace Reformed Theology and subscribe to the WCF 1647. I do not break fellowship with anyone who holds to the essentials of the faith (i.e., the Trinity, the Deity of Christ, Jesus' Physical Resurrection, Virgin Birth, Salvation by Grace through Faith alone, Monotheism, and the Gospel being the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus) but does not affirm Calvinist Theology in the non-essentials. I strongly believe that God's grace and mercy are so extensive that within the Christian community there is a wide range of beliefs and as long as the essentials are not violated, then anyone who holds to those essentials but differs in the non-essentials is my brother or sister in Christ. Romans 11:36 "For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To whom be Glory forever. Amen!"
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