Reading Calvin's Institutes in 2015

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Yasmin Stephen | Forum Activity | Posted: Wed, Dec 31 2014 4:11 PM

One of my goals for the new year is to read Calvin's Institutes. The thought of reading it on my own overwhelms me (and I can't think of any friend who may actually be interested Sad); does anyone know of any online group that may be reading it as well? Not necessarily Faithlife; could be Facebook, a blog etc.

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Sacrifice | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 31 2014 4:43 PM

I do not personally know if a forum group, but here is a reading plan: http://ztford.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/institutes-reading-plan1.pdf

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 31 2014 4:44 PM

I don't know of one, but you could start one (on Faithlife).

You might be interested in this Reading Plan for it: http://www.chapellibrary.org/files/8213/7643/3335/rcii.pdf

You could set that up as a Logos Reading Plan and share it with others on a Faithlife Group as an enticement to get others interested.

Also here's a post at The Gospel Coalition on Why and How to Read Calvin's Institutes.

I remember Eugene Peterson once telling us (one of his classes; I took several of them) that he used to read through the Institutes every year. That is great dedication! I've read it through once (for a class I took on it with J. I. Packer) but have not read it through again, even though I've wanted to one of these days.

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 31 2014 4:56 PM

And this post contains a link to a schedule for reading it through in 90 days:

http://larryfarlow.com/2012/12/10/read-calvins-institutes-in-90-days-or-less/ 

And here's another one-year plan for the 1559 edition:

https://www.scribd.com/doc/2973671/A-Year-through-Calvin-s-Institutes-1559-b 

If you do decide to start a group, you might want to advertise it more widely than just on the Logos forums or Faithlife groups. Here's a guy who started an online reading group to read through the whole thing in 2013. You could email him to find out how successful he was in getting a group together and whether they finished it.

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 31 2014 4:58 PM

I'm still looking around for you. There's a guy on the Reformed Theology group on Google+ who appears to be interested in reading it. I've pointed him in your direction by posting a link to this thread.

https://plus.google.com/115985851360234508395/posts/DyriVgfQJL8 

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 31 2014 5:01 PM

Whoa! Jackpot! I found a Facebook group of people who intend to read it in 2015!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/472266442907164/

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 31 2014 5:31 PM

Rosie Perera:

Whoa! Jackpot! I found a Facebook group of people who intend to read it in 2015!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/472266442907164/

Wow Rosie. You are some detective. Looks like an interesting group.

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 31 2014 5:37 PM

Bruce Dunning:

Rosie Perera:

Whoa! Jackpot! I found a Facebook group of people who intend to read it in 2015!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/472266442907164/

Wow Rosie. You are some detective. Looks like an interesting group.

I tried Googling a bunch of combinations of things, including "Calvin's Institutes" with "reading group". Finally "reading Calvin's Institutes" "2015" led me to this post (2nd Google hit), which had a link to the Facebook group. Being a good detective is just a matter of perseverance and having some instinct as to what to search for.

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Kenneth Neighoff | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 31 2014 6:07 PM

I read it on a reading plan two years ago.  

I plan to do it again when I get the Battles translation of the Institutes.

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Yasmin Stephen | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 31 2014 8:57 PM

Rosie Perera:

Whoa! Jackpot! I found a Facebook group of people who intend to read it in 2015!

Whoa indeed! You rock - thanks so very much!! I joined Big Smile

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doc | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 31 2014 9:05 PM

Wonderous Grace:

I do not personally know if a forum group, but here is a reading plan: http://ztford.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/institutes-reading-plan1.pdf

http://ztford.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/institutes-reading-plan1.pdf 

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 31 2014 9:08 PM

Yasmin Stephen:

Rosie Perera:

Whoa! Jackpot! I found a Facebook group of people who intend to read it in 2015!

Whoa indeed! You rock - thanks so very much!! I joined Big Smile

Me too, if only to find out what they're up to. I've already read it, and though I would love to read it again, the chances of me setting aside enough time for that in 2015 are slim.

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Yasmin Stephen | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 31 2014 9:27 PM

Before I left home for our end-of-year service I was lamenting I didn't get to take a nap and would probably nod off in the middle of the sermon. It's now past 1:00 am and I'm wide awake (go figure Smile) So, nothing better to do but work on getting the reading plan into Logos; looks like it'll take me a while.

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Beloved | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jan 1 2015 1:00 AM

I have so many goals this year. I'm reading through the bible using YouVersion the Life Journal Reading Plan. I'm journaling this year. I'm using Jesus Calling as my yearly devotional. My reading for development is a constant and studying the Greek. 

Now you folks are whetting my appetite for the Institutes. Thanks alot. I'm going to find a way to work it in. Geeked

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Alexxy Olu | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jan 1 2015 4:41 AM

I read the Institutes from May-August using a Reading Plan (May-August) made on L5 last year (2014). It was the Ford Lewis Battles’s edition I read. I will definitely read it again (possibly that time it will be the Allen edition).

I am starting to read the Theocratic Kingdom of God from today using a Reading plan (Jan-April, 2015) along with Chafer, LS systematic theology on another reading plan (Jan-March, 2015) within L6. I understand from a discussion somewhere in the forum that Theocratic Kingdom is the “go-to” place on dispensations as George NH Peters seemed to have laid the foundation which others then built upon.

Yasmin Stephen:

One of my goals for the new year is to read Calvin's Institutes. The thought of reading it on my own overwhelms me (and I can't think of any friend who may actually be interested Sad); does anyone know of any online group that may be reading it as well? 

I have heard about groups reading together but never understood how this is done. Please don’t laugh or if you do then respond after you have finished laughing. How do you read together as a group?

 

 

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jan 1 2015 5:24 AM

Alexxy Olu:
I have heard about groups reading together but never understood how this is done. Please don’t laugh or if you do then respond after you have finished laughing. How do you read together as a group?

Not laughing at all.

When a group reads a book together, they might meet in person on a regular basis (say, once a week) or they might have an online discussion about the book which could take place at regular intervals ("live" via a Google+ Hangout or some such) or just whenever someone feels like posting a comment. The individuals are responsible for doing the actual reading on their own, at an agreed-upon pace, say one chapter every week. Then when the group gets together, they discuss the portion they've all read thus far. Someone might be in charge of leadership for each meeting, perhaps preparing some questions in advance to guide the discussion. Or it might be a free-for-all. When discussing the reading online, the pacing of comments can be much like on this forum: whenever someone has something to contribute to the conversation they can post it. There might be a set of questions everyone is encouraged to consider and post their answers to.

Sometimes a reading group might read aloud some portions of the book they are reading. For example, I hosted a reading group to read through Dante's Divine Comedy at my house a couple of years ago. The Divine Comedy is made up of three books (Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso), each of which is divided into "cantos" (kind of like chapters; but it's poetry). There are 33 cantos in each of the first two books and 34 in the last, for a total of 100, so it divides pretty well into nine 11's and a 12. We met once every week, and would read aloud seven cantos together, taking turns reading a few stanzas each all the way around the room. Then we'd go off and read on our own the remaining four to complete 11 cantos each week. We took a one week break in between each of the books to catch our breath. After our read-aloud session, we would discuss what we'd just read and also whatever cantos we had read alone at home. It made for a very rich experience of the Divine Comedy (my first ever, and certainly not my last!).

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Yasmin Stephen | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jan 1 2015 6:10 AM

Yasmin Stephen:

Before I left home for our end-of-year service I was lamenting I didn't get to take a nap and would probably nod off in the middle of the sermon. It's now past 1:00 am and I'm wide awake (go figure Smile) So, nothing better to do but work on getting the reading plan into Logos; looks like it'll take me a while.

Bah, the custom reading plan for a large resource is a bit of a pain, isn't it? Too much I think, plus I can't access it on my iPad. Not worth it; I'll just print out the PDF file.

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Yasmin Stephen | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jan 1 2015 6:10 AM

Beloved:

I have so many goals this year. I'm reading through the bible using YouVersion the Life Journal Reading Plan. I'm journaling this year. I'm using Jesus Calling as my yearly devotional. My reading for development is a constant and studying the Greek. 

Now you folks are whetting my appetite for the Institutes. Thanks alot. I'm going to find a way to work it in. Geeked

Ha, I know the feeling! I want to journal as well (and I got a beautiful diary from one of our business clients to motivate me Smile). I'm something of a stickler and feel I should do it every single day; consequently when I (inevitably) miss a few days I get discouraged and lose interest. I'm trying to get away from this mindset and just write when I have to something to say.

It took me a while to decide on a devotional; I finally ended up with 8 (Surprise?). They're mostly one or two months long. I have a number of year-long devotionals but I just completed Spurgeon's Morning & Evening and didn't think anything could top that for a while so I decided to mix it up.

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Yasmin Stephen | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jan 1 2015 6:11 AM

Alexxy Olu:

I have heard about groups reading together but never understood how this is done. Please don’t laugh or if you do then respond after you have finished laughing. How do you read together as a group?

Rosie's response is spot on. We had a small reading group at work (since disbanded) and reading and discussing books was wonderful and rewarding. I read Jane Eyre through an online group and it was an amazing experience, so much richer than if I had read it on my own.  For the Institutes, I think the group thing will keep me motivated and accountable; it's a huge, meaty resource and I need all the help I can get to reach the end Smile

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Mark Prim | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jan 1 2015 7:34 AM

Does anyone know how to set up a reading plan to read this book in one year that does not have me reading the table of contents and introductory notes?

* forget it. Looks they did an update to the reading plans, because now it starts from the beginning of the book. I remember when it started at the table of contents by default.

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