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Family Reformation

Scott Brown
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  • While the doctrine of salvation was being reformed during the sixteenth century, so was marriage, manhood, womanhood, courtship, child raising, fertility, abortion, and almost every area that touches family life.

    John Calvin never wrote a book on the family, but he touched off a family reformation. He was the instigator of a massive restructuring of the most fundamental institution of society.
     
    Like no other reformer, Calvin provided the exegetical precision that defined the terms for a biblical vision of family life. With crystal clarity, he explained the details of the how the family had exchanged the glory of God for a lie. We should be thankful to this dear brother for excavating the gold mines of the Bible and exposing the raw biblical language and bedrock principles that form the doctrine of the Christian family.
    This book seeks to communicate the main themes of Calvin s teaching on family life in his own words, using quotes from his books, sermons, letters, and other writings.
     
    In Geneva, there were many victories in the battle to reform the family. Let me suggest that it may be difficult to win today s battles for the family unless we understand the victories of the sixteenth century.
  • Paperback: 323 pages

    Publisher: NCFIC
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 0-9820567-5-3
    ISBN-13: 978-0-9820567-5-2
    Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.25 inches
    Shipping Weight: 17.1 ounces
  • "Scott Brown has done us yeoman service in culling the vast corpus of John Calvin in order to amass hundreds of valuable quotations on what this colossal Reformer had to say on marriage and family. What a fascinating treasure-trove Family Reformation is, addressing scores of subjects that are as pertinent today as in Calvin’s own day! As always, Calvin is scriptural, practical, thorough, succinct, powerful, and honest. This may well be one of the best and most helpful marriage and family books on the market today. Use it as your daily devotional, and give a copy to your friends. Every conscientious family will be enriched by Calvin’s wise advice." -- Dr. Joel Beeke, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids

    "An excellent and valuable summary of John Calvin's teachings on the family." -- Laura



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  • Introduction

    Section I. Anatomy of a Family Reformation
    Chapter 1 - Why is John Calvin on the Family Important Today?
    Chapter 2 - The Inside Story
    Chapter 3 - Seven Powerful Igniters
    Chapter 4 - The Culture Clashes
    Chapter 5 - The Defining Issues

    Section II. Calvin Speaks
    Chapter 6 - The Family as a Foundation
    Chapter 7 - The Sweetness of Marriage
    Chapter 8 - The "Strong Affection" of a Husband
    Chapter 9 - A Wife, The Distinguished Ornament of Man
    Chapter 10 - The Preservation of Marriage
    Chapter 11 - The Blessing of Children
    Chapter 12 - The Salvation of Children
    Chapter 13 - The Father's Discipleship of Children
    Chapter 14 - Catechizing Children
    Chapter 15 - The Discipline of Children
    Chapter 16 - How Parents Respond to Prodigals
    Chapter 17 - Honor and Obedience Toward Parents
    Chapter 18 - The Marriages of Children
    Chapter 19 - The Family at Church
    Chapter 20 - Modesty
    Chapter 21 - Care for Widows
    Chapter 22 - Infant Baptism
    Chapter 23 - The Sanctity of Life

    Section III. When Calvin Got It Wrong
    Chapter 24 - Understanding Heroes and Their Flaws

    Section IV. The Rest of the Story
    Chapter 25 - An Effective Family Reformation
    Chapter 26 - Hope for the Future

    End Notes

About the Author

Scott Brown

Scott T. Brown is the President of the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches and pastor at Hope Baptist Church in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Scott graduated from California State University in Fullerton with a degree in History and received a Master of Divinity degree from Talbot School of Theology.  He gives his time to expository preaching and local pastoral ministry, as well as conferences on Biblical doctrine and church and family reformation. He and his wife Deborah have four grown children. Scott helps people think through the two greatest evangelistic and discipleship institutions God has provided — the church and the family.