“Calvin is a cataract, a primeval forest, a demonic power, something directly down from Himalaya, absolutely Chinese, strange, mythological; I lack completely the means, the suction cups, even to assimilate this phenomenon, not to speak of presenting it adequately. What I receive is only a thin little stream and what I can then give out again is only a yet thinner extract of this little stream. I could gladly and profitably set myself down and spend all the rest of my life just with Calvin.”
Karl Barth writing to Eduard Thurneysen, June 8th, 1922; in Revolutionary Theology in the Making: Barth-Thurneysen Correspondence, 1914-1925 (Richmond: John Knox Press, 1964), 101.
This time around, I feel like I have a pretty legitimate excuse for being a horrible blogger. It’s called seminary. It is a time-consuming endeavor, but I have loved every minute of it, which is good because I have roughly seven more semesters to go! I’m hoping to put together at least one (but hopefully a few) entry reflecting on the high points of the last few months. I’m quite certain I could fill up an entire post with my favorite quotes from professors in class. I may have to do that as well…
In the meantime, I wanted to let you know about a literary journey I will be taking next year. Recently, I came across a blog called Stir Up that was linked to the Gospel Coalition website. The specific entry was an invitation to join the blog’s owner on a yearlong trek through John Calvin’s Institutes. Personally, I have always wanted to read it, but have never had the perseverance to take it on alone. Now I don’t have to. I’m unsure as to the exact number of people involved in the reading group right now, but two days after the entry was posted over 50 people from all over the world had expressed an interest.
There will be daily readings that will take 10-15 minutes starting on January 1st and by the end of the year, God willing, the book will be checked off of my bucket list.
I would love to have others join in on this as well so if you’re interested in reading the Institutes with me and the rest of the group, you can read through the blog for yourself by clicking here.