If Martin Luther was the catalyst of the Protestant Reformation, John Calvin was its consolidator. Calvin was both a commentator and also a systematic theologian. J. I. Packer has rightly appraised Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion (1536-1559) as "one of the wonders of the spiritual world--the world of doxology and devotion, of discipleship and discipline, of Word-through-Spirit illumination and transformation of individuals, of the Christ-centered mind and the Christ-honoring heart." In the thirteen lectures below, historical theologian and pastor Mark Sarver, provides a sketch of Calvin's life and labors as well as a survey of some of Calvin's greatest theological contributions
Although Ulrich Zwingli stands under the shadow of Martin Luther and John Calvin in terms of prominence in the Protestant Reformation, he nevertheless deserves a place alongside these giants. His contributions to the doctrine of Scripture, providence, the Law of God, church and state, and the sacraments are notable. In the the six video lectures below, Pastor Mark Sarver, a professor of historical theology for Reformed Baptist Seminary, provides a survey of Zwingli's theology and underscores its relevance for today.
In 1987 at age 10 my great grandma died and her funeral devastated me. I remember going home and balling my eyes out, getting on my knees before the Lord and making a profession of faith. At that time I still didn’t know what that meant or even looked like. Yet my loving mother still dragged me to church with her most Sundays up until High School. I entered college as a “non-professing Christian”.