Zeal for Godliness

Zeal for Godliness: Devotional Meditations from Calvin's Institutes

Derek Thomas & Carlton Wynne, eds.

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780852347584
Price: $15.99
Pages: 270
Publication date: January 2012
Topics: John Calvin, Theology,



Following Calvin's intent with the Institutes, this book displays the coherence, trustworthiness, and glory of biblical truth for all ages. We hope these readings will awaken readers to the relevance of Calvin's theology, humble them by the depth of Calvin's insights, and challenge them in their progress in the Christian life. Most of all, we hope they discover that exploring the Institutes means following Calvin as he follows Christ into a deeper, Bible-saturated devotion to the triune God.

The content of the proposed book is adapted from the 2009 "Blogging Through the Institutes" project hosted by reformation21.org, an online magazine of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals.


"John Calvin's Institutes easily stands as the greatest work by the greatest theologian of the Church. Outside of the Bible itself, this magnum opus remains to this day the finest masterpiece of Christian literature ever written. Zeal for Godliness is a collection of some of the finest minds in the Reformed world who write to make Calvin's work, the tour de force of the Reformation, more accessible to the modern reader with eye-opening explanations and life-changing applications." — Steven J. Lawson, Senior Pastor, Christ Fellowship Baptist Church, Mobile, Alabama

"The heritage of the Reformation is not only a belief that both heart and mind matter, but that heart and mind are connected. This wonderful devotional book on Calvin's Institutes shows how true that belief really is. These rich insights from Calvin will change the way you think and the way you live." — Michael Kruger - RTS

"Calvin's Institutes is delicious steak for the soul. Far from being ivory-tower theology, Calvin wrote to nourish the heart in godliness or piety. Zeal for Godliness cuts our meat for us into small, bite-sized pieces. Each brief devotion, linked to a specific section of the Institutes, was written by a man who has marinated his mind in Calvin's biblical teachings. Whether you read this as a stand-alone devotional, or an accompaniment to reading through Calvin's book, you will find these thoughts to be like the fragrant odors rising from a summer grill-attractive and appetizing." — Joel R. Beeke, President of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan


Derek Thomas

Derek Thomas, a native of Wales, is the Chancellor's Professor of Systematic and Pastoral Theology and also serves as Senior Minister at First Presbyterian Church (ARP) in Columbia, South Carolina.






Carlton Wynne

Rev. Dr. R. Carlton Wynne is assistant professor of systematic theology and apologetics at Westminster Theological Seminary. He has also served as a pastor in the Presbyterian Church in America.