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In 2009, we celebrated the 500th birthday of John Calvin, who was born on July 10, 1509, in Noyon, France. Calvin went into self-exile in Geneva because France was opposed to the Reformation. The reason I mention this is because of the remarkable work that Calvin did in Geneva. Biographer Herman J. Selderhuis notes that Geneva "had already decided to purify itself . . . as its norm when Calvin was still many miles away, and in fact still a student." Although Calvin encountered opposition and difficulty in Geneva--at one point even being banished from Geneva for about 3 years--by the end of his life Geneva was a city filled with people who had a Christian worldview.

Today, however, not only is there little or no genuine Christian thinking, there is very little thinking of any kind. Our world is well on its way to becoming what pastor James Montgomery Boice frequently called a "mindlessness."

From a sermon by Freddy Fritz, "A Christian Mind (Part 2)" 7/10/2009

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