Cantique de Noël

Cantique de Noël was written in 1847, by Placide Cappeau. An atheist poet, Cappeau was surprised when a Catholic priest asked him to pen something for Christmas mass. Despite not believing in Jesus, Cappeau delivered in a big way. This 6-minute video explains the story behind the song. The video is also posted at the bottom of this post. Cantique de Noël’s English equivalent is the tremendous hymn “O Holy Night.” Cappeau’s poem is a bit different but, in my opinion, it’s a whole lot better. Here’s the literal English translation. Midnight, Christians, it is the solemn hour, When God as man descended unto us To erase the … Continue reading Cantique de Noël

John Calvin on Evangelism

Part 2 of a 4 part series. View series intro and index. In his sermon on 1 Timothy 2, Calvin showed that, though he believed in the sovereign election of God, he also believed that all men were loved by God and it that it was the duty of Christians to spread the gospel to them. Although we see a great diversity among men, yet we must not forget that God hath made us all in His own image and likeness, and that we are the workmanship of His hand; therefore He extends His goodness to those who are afar off, of … Continue reading John Calvin on Evangelism

The John Calvin You Never Met

Series Index The John Calvin You Never Met John Calvin on Evangelism John Calvin on Mercy John Calvin on Joy Part 1 of a 4 part series. View series intro and index. On July 10 we will celebrate the 500th birthday of John Calvin (1509-1564).  Many people have written that Calvin was a cold, mean, miserable man who believed in a God who wanted to burn people like a child burned ants with a magnifying glass in the summer.  The worst way to learn about Calvin is to read what other people have written about Calvin.  The best way is … Continue reading The John Calvin You Never Met