John Calvin's sermons on Titus are must-reading for every man in ministry or aspiring to ministry. This new translation by Robert White is excellent. He catches the force and vigor of Calvin's preaching. If you don't have this book, buy it. And if you do, would you please click on the image to get if from Amazon? A small portion of the price will go to support Clearnote Pastors College. Thanks!
Here's a tiny taste from his first sermon on Titus. As you read Calvin's words, think of this: can you possibly imagine his heirs coming anywhere close to this kind of pulpit speech? And this is remarkably mild. Wait until he turns his gaze on the papists!
"Let us consider therefore whether such admonitions do not also apply to our own times, and whether they are not highly useful to us. For what sort of preachers might we have today if we heeded popular opinion? How wily Satan has been in bringing in worthless men in order to bring contempt and shame on God's word! There are many people whose only wish is to propose as pastors and ministers of the word individuals who are either dissolute in like or devoid of zeal, who love merely to chatter and who even deride God. They would sooner grace a tavern than anything else!
"Why do people seem to want that? They perceive that such preachers are easily muzzled, that what they say can be taken in jest, that they might even be silenced or chastened in an instant. Indeed, they might be made to perform to order just like monkeys, and to invite the rebuke: 'Who do you think you are? You don't know how lucky you are to occupy the position you have. You are not fit even to be a pig-keeper or a cowherd, yet here you are a pastor!'"