To the Ends of the Earth: Calvin's Missional Vision and Legacy
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Calvinist missionaries.

If you think that sounds like an oxymoron, you're not alone. Yet a close look at John Calvin's life, writings, and successors reveals a passion for the spread of the gospel and the salvation of sinners.

From training pastors at his Genevan Academy to sending missionaries to the jungles of Brazil, Calvin consistently sought to encourage and equip Christians to take the good news of salvation to the very ends of the earth. In this carefully researched book, Michael Haykin and Jeffrey Robinson clear away longstanding stereotypes related to the Reformed tradition and Calvin's theological heirs, highlighting the Reformer's neglected missional vision and legacy.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Crossway
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 143352354X
ISBN-13: 9781433523540

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Publisher's Description

Contrary to popular perception, John Calvin was passionate about both the spread of the gospel and the salvation of sinners. This book examines the Reformer’s life, theology, and impact on the Calvinistic tradition.

Author Bio

Michael A. G. Haykin (ThD, University of Toronto) is professor of church history and biblical spirituality at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and director of the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies. He has authored or edited more than twenty-five books, including Rediscovering the Church Fathers: Who They Were and How They Shaped the Church.

C. Jeffrey Robinson Sr. (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is a senior editor for the Gospel Coalition and serves as the lead pastor for New City Church in Louisville, Kentucky. He also serves as adjunct professor of church history at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the coauthor of To the Ends of the Earth: Calvin's Mission, Vision, and Legacy.

Endorsements

This book traces the story of evangelical Calvinism through several important episodes in the history of Reformed Protestantism. Long before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, Christians, informed by Calvin's missional theology, were planting churches and preaching the gospel in the country we now know as Brazil. This story has long been forgotten, suppressed, and even distorted by those who should have known better. I welcome this well-researched book, which sets the record straight.
-Timothy George,
Founding Dean, Beeson Divinity School

Does a belief in sovereign grace stymie missions and evangelism? If that belief is rightly understood and rightly applied, the answer is an emphatic no. Haykin and Robinson skillfully present John Calvin's evangelistic zeal and channel it toward a new generation of Great Commission minded pastors, teachers, and evangelists. I'm grateful for these men and this book, and pray that God will use it for the greater advance of the gospel and a greater harvest of souls.
-Jason Allen,
President, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and College

Among the many myths surrounding Calvinism is the idea that it's anti-missions. Michael Haykin and Jeffrey Robinson draw into one place the many sources that demonstrate the tradition's missionary passion. They do so without defensive rhetoric - more out of a love for the Great Commission than for any party label. You don't have to be a Calvinist to find this story inspiring.
-Michael Horton,
Westminster Seminary California

The rehabilitation of Calvin (and his robust theology of divine sovereignty) as a leading figure in global missions is overdue, and few authors are qualified to do it with such enthusiasm and expertise as Haykin and Robinson. In To the Ends of the Earth, the perennial assertion that Calvin(ism) is destructive of evangelism and missions is convincingly shown to be entirely false - theologically and historically. Indeed, the very opposite is the case: Geneva proved to be a center of missionary endeavor and expansion. Read this book and then purchase several more copies to give to your friends. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
-Derek Thomas,
Reformed Theological Seminary, Atlanta

The modern missionary movement did not begin ex nihilo in the late eighteenth century. To understand the thrust of contemporary global gospel advancement, one need understand that behind Fuller and Carey there were Edwards and Brainerd. And Edwards was the last theological bridge to classic English Puritanism. And the Puritans have their headwaters in Geneva. In this fine volume, readers will have many questions answered and many more questions raised, but a wonderful discovery will take place that I pray stirs many hearts to action in taking the gospel to the world.
-Jason Duesing,
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Evangelism, missions, and prayer for the lost cannot long endure without a foundation in the doctrines of God's glory and sovereign grace. Michael Haykin and Jeffrey Robinson demonstrate through careful historical research that despite all claims to the contrary, Reformed truth has been a vital root feeding visionary and sacrificial efforts to reach the world with the gospel. May God use these thrilling accounts to magnify the glory of his grace, and to move many Christians to pour out their lives for the sake of Christ's kingdom in all lands.
-Joel R. Beeke,
President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary

Finally a book that not only removes the myth of a lack of mission incentive in the Calvinist tradition, but also solidly and enthusiastically stimulates those inside and outside that tradition to get the message out.
-Herman Selderhuis,
Theological University of Apeldoorn

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