Most Christians have heard the name John Calvin, one of the leading Protestant reformers. Not as many know the scope of his influence on the city of Geneva, the nation of Switzerland, and all of Europe and the West.
The legacy of John Calvin was both deep and broad, partly due to his remarkable intellect and exemplary devotion to Christ and His kingdom, and partly due to the historical moment in which he lived. And there’s at least one more dimension of Calvin’s impact: he understood the comprehensive nature of Jesus’ claims. John Calvin was a leader in a Reformation movement that taught that “the Bible must be the the source of authority to shape every aspect of people’s lives, and the foundation of truth for entire communities and nations.”
That’s one of the observations in a lucid and helpful paper, “Calvin and Geneva: Nation-Building Missions,” by University of the Nations International Provost Tom Bloomer.
In a fascinating look at John Calvin and his impact on Geneva and beyond, Tom elaborates on the three-fold “strategy of the Reformers …
1. Preaching the gospel to individuals, so that people would be saved and start to be transformed, and the church would be restored to biblical purity;
2. Teaching the city, so that people would know how to live, the authorities would know how to govern, and all would know how to work in their different spheres; and
3. Accountability for individuals and the leadership in spheres of society, so that the teaching would not just be theoretical but applied in all areas of life.”
This sample of Tom’s excellent (16-page) paper is designed to whet your appetite. Go here for the full meal.
– Gary Brumbelow
Tom Bloomer completed a Ph.D. in Theology of Education at Trinity International University in 1999 and has served as the International Provost of the University of Nations since 2001. Teaching the Word is the primary thrust of Tom’s ministry; the challenge before him is to discover what it means to love God not just with our heart, soul and strength, but with our minds as well.
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