Calvin's Teaching on Job
For many of us the book of Job stands directly in the centre of one of the most complicated problems of life--the interaction between divine sovereignty and human responsibility. Its implications for a world of suffering and injustice is one...
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For many of us the book of Job stands directly in the centre of one of the most complicated problems of life--the interaction between divine sovereignty and human responsibility. Its implications for a world of suffering and injustice is one that has provoked much tortuous thought for both Calvinists and Arminians. How Job deals with tremendous suffering--losing most of his earthly possessions, family and health--and how God deals with Job's suffering, does not necessarily make a nicely packaged story. The issues Job faced are ones that all Christians will struggle with to one degree or another. Calvin is still an influential theologian and was an excellent preacher. Derek Thomas uses Calvin's sermons on Job as a model for preachers today.
The book of Job stands in the centre of one of the most complicated problems of life, the interaction between divine sovereignty and human responsibility, one that has provoked much tortuous thought by both Calvinists and Arminians. It also lies at the centre of the World's accusation to the church `If God is sovereign why doesn't he sort this mess out?'. How Job and God deal with Job's suffering, does not make for a neat story so the book of Job is often avoided by preachers - simpler, more comfortable, options are available. But the reality is that the issues Job faced are all issues that Christians will struggle with. Although one of the church's most influential theologians Calvin was primarily a preacher. His sermons on Job are of interest on a number of levels to give answers to a world that lacks satisfying answers.
The themes of the second book in this series are Missionary tales and remarkable conversions. Other themes covered in the series are Living for God and the value of scripture Missionary Tales and Remarkable Conversions; Honouring God and Dramatic Deliverances; Faithful Witnesses and Childhood Faith.Joel Beeke and Diana Kleyn have taken a selection of real life incidents and fictional narratives and developed them into a series of devotional books for children aged 712.Scriptural references throughout the book use the King James Version of the Bible and the questions are also based on this version.The stories themselves include a good mixture of historical adventure childhood experiences remarkable instances of conversion and dramatic edge of your seat rescues from danger.
Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas (Ph.D., University of Wales) is John Richards Professor of Practical and Systematic Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary. Originally from Wales, Derek Thomas is the John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Practical Theology at the Jackson campus of RTS. After pastoring for 17 years in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Dr. Thomas returned to the USA in 1996 where, in addition to his work at the seminary, he serves as the Minister of Teaching at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson.
He has written or edited 15 books and has contributed to commentary series by Banner of Truth and Evangelical Press, including Let's Study Galatians; God Delivers: Isaiah Simply Explained; God Strengthens: Ezekiel Simply Explained and Calvin's Teaching on Job. He also co-edited Give Praise to God: A Vision for Reforming Worship (P and R) with Philip Ryken and Ligon Duncan.
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