Those interested in the history of preaching – or in John Calvin specifically, will enjoy the new book by Lester De Koster, Light For The City: The Preaching Of John Calvin (Eerdmans). De Koster demonstrates how Calvin’s preaching emphasized building of a Christian community. He points out that Leon Trotsky once said that Marx and Calvin were the two most revolutionary figures in Western history. This book seeks to explain how Calvin’s preaching helped lay the groundwork for the democratic world in which we now live.

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