Between Two Worlds: Calvin’s Death-Bed Charge to Older and Younger Men

August 7, 2009 — 1 Comment

The following quote is from Between Two Worlds: Calvin’s Death-Bed Charge to Older and Younger Men on Douglas Bond’s The Betrayal: A Novel on John Calvin (P&R, 2009).

Here’s how John Calvin wisely charged older and younger men just one month prior to his death (p. 369):

April 27, 1564, Calvin called members of the City Council to his side. Extending an emaciated hand in blessing, his body a living cadaver, he blessed and exhorted them. I render here only a portion thereof. “You older ones be not jealous of the gifts which the younger generation has received, but be glad and praise the Lord who has given them.

“And you younger men, be humble and seek not to achieve greater things than you can do; for youth is seldom void of ambition and tends to despise the opinions of others.”

Certainly something I need to hear as an ambitious young man!

Todd Engstrom

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Although I was raised in the church and had a knowledge of God, I didn’t embrace Jesus until I heard gospel preached and lived out by some Young Life leaders. God has proven faithful and good to me since that day, even in great suffering and loss. I have learned to treasure Romans 8:28 as a wellspring of hope and truth. God has blessed me with an amazing wife (Olivia), three sons (Micah, Hudson and Owen) and a daughter (Emmaline). Growing up in the northwest, the thought never crossed my mind that I would have four children who are native Texans. Despite landing in the south, I still watch Notre Dame games with my children every Saturday in hopes they will land at my alma mater.

One response to Between Two Worlds: Calvin’s Death-Bed Charge to Older and Younger Men

  1. I dont understand this!!!! haha

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