Calvin: Inside the Protestant Mind, Part III: Calvin the Protestant Pastor
In the conclusion to our series, we look at the life of John Calvin as the pastor of the Church in Geneva, Switzerland. Calvin wanted nothing more than to be left alone to pursue his love of the academic life. Instead, he found himself in a situation that nearly broke him -- attempting to pastor a city that had become Protestant for (mainly) political reasons and was filled with people who had little desire to become obedient to the Protestant faith. Calvin described the work he, in the providence of God, had been given to do as a "living hell." It's actually a pretty funny story, but one that gives us tremendous insight into how our Protestant brothers and sisters think. How they understand the Christian faith. How they see things.