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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press (21 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0664236812
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664236816
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,838,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Donald K. McKim

Dr. Donald K. McKim is Executive Editor for Theology and Reference for Westminster John Knox Press and Editor for "Being Reformed: Faith Seeking Understanding" for Congregational Ministries Publishing of the Presbyterian Church (USA). He has served as Academic Dean and Professor of Theology at Memphis Theological Seminary (1993-2000) and as Professor of Theology at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary (1981-1988). Dr. McKim has also been Visiting Professor of Theology at Eastern Baptist Seminary in Philadelphia and Columbia Seminary's Center for Theological Studies in Orlando, Florida as well as Adjunct Professor of Theology at Colgate Rochester Divinity School in Rochester, New York and Adjunct Faculty at Rhodes College, Memphis. Dr. McKim is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). He was Interim Pastor of the Central Presbyterian Church in Downingtown, Pennsylvania and the Trinity Presbyterian Church of Berwyn, Pennsylvania as well as Stated Supply Pastor of Friendship, Parish, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania. For two years he was a Visiting Faculty member in the Religion Department of Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and of the Buechner Institute.

Dr. McKim is a 1971 cum laude graduate of Westminster with Honors in Religion and won four prizes at the College in the Religion and Philosophy Department. He graduated from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary with the Master of Divinity degree magna cum laude in 1974. There he was the recipient of the Thomas Jamison Scholarship and the Sylvester S. Marvin Fellowship for graduate study and five awards in the areas of biblical studies, church history, and theology. He received the Ph.D. degree in Religion from the University of Pittsburgh in 1980.

Dr. McKim's co-authored book (with Jack B. Rogers), The Authority and Interpretation of the Bible: An Historical Approach (Harper & Row, 1979) was selected "Book of the Year" by Eternity magazine and named one of the five best books in Religion in the American Book Awards for 1980. His other books include Ever a Vision: A Brief History of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, 1959-2009 (Eerdmans, 2009); Presbyterian Questions, Presbyterian Answers: Exploring Christian Faith (Geneva Press, 2003); Presbyterian Beliefs: A Brief Introduction (Geneva Press, 2003); Introducing the Reformed Faith (Westminster John Knox Press, 2001); Westminster Dictionary of Theological Terms (Westminster John Knox, 1996); The Bible in Theology and Preaching (Abingdon, 1994); Theological Turning Points (John Knox, 1988); Ramism in William Perkins' Theology (Peter Lang, 1987); and What Christians Believe About the Bible (Thomas Nelson, 1985). He has also written Kerygma: The Bible and Theology I, II, III, IV (The Kerygma Program, 1993; 1994; 1995; 1996). With Robert Benedetto and Darrell L. Guder he is co-author of the Historical Dictionary of the Reformed Churches (Scarecrow, 1999; 2nd edition with Robert Benedetto, 2009). Dr. McKim has edited Dictionary of Major Biblical Interpreters (InterVarsity, 2007);Calvin and the Bible (Cambridge University Press, 2006); The Cambridge Companion to John Calvin (Cambridge University Press, 2004); The Cambridge Companion to Martin Luther (Cambridge University Press, 2003); The Westminster Handbook to Reformed Theology (Westminster John Knox Press, 2001); Calvin's Institutes: Abridged Edition (Westminster John Knox Press, 2000); Historical Handbook of Major Biblical Interpreters (InterVarsity, 1998); God Never Forgets: Faith, Hope, and Alzheimer's Disease (Westminster John Knox, 1997); the Encyclopedia of the Reformed Faith (Westminster/John Knox and St. Andrews Press, 1992); Major Themes in the Reformed Tradition (Eerdmans, 1992); A Guide to Contemporary Hermeneutics (Eerdmans, 1986); How Karl Barth Changed My Mind (Eerdmans, 1986); Readings in Calvin's Theology (Baker, 1984) and The Authoritative Word: Essays on the Nature of Scripture (Eerdmans, 1983). Dr. McKim has published over sixty articles and four-hundred book reviews.

Dr. McKim is married to Dr. LindaJo McKim. They have two grown sons. Their address is: 7969 Burntwood Cove Germantown, TN 38138-6033. Phone: 901-752-0770; Fax: 901-759-0788. Email:

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About the Author

Donald K. McKim has served as an acquisitions editor for Westminster John Knox Press, for Presbyterian curriculum, and for These Days daily devotional magazine. He is the author of numerous books, including More Presbyterian Questions, More Presbyterian Answers and A "Down and Dirty" Guide to Theology.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Like Having Coffee with Calvin 15 Feb. 2013
By Dr Conrade Yap - Published on
Format: Paperback
Many theologians have had many wonderful theological conversations over the table, like Martin Luther's "Table Talks," CS Lewis's and Jesus teaching his disciples during the Lord's Supper. Having a meal is usually a nice respite from the busyness of life. It is a time where people tend to be more relaxed and casual about things. It is also a time where people can have coffee and chat about things very personal and especially matters of faith. This is not a book about Apologetics. Neither is it a manual about drinking coffee. In fact, there is nothing to suggest any caffeine-laced beverage, apart from the cover of the book itself. It is essentially a devotional written to engage one of the greatest Christians classics ever written: The Institutes of John Calvin.

As a Calvin scholar, the author prepares 84 devotions that draw references from all four volumes of the Institutes. These devotions are categories under 8 sections:

1) Basics of Christian Belief
2) Life in the Church
3) Following God's Ways
4) Helps for the Christian Life
5) Living as a Christian
6) When Times are Good
7) When Times are Bad
8) Anticipating the Future

McKim covers a wide range of theological subjects and makes them palatable for the layperson. Each devotion begins with a short passage from the Institutes, followed by a brief commentary on Calvin's thoughts. The title of the devotion, the essence of the passage, is then condensed into a short devotional to urge the reader to think thoughts of God and to desire the things of God, as they train themselves unto good works to glorify God. A devotional must always lead the reader closer to God. A good devotional will make one long even more for God, without compromising the integrity and the essential message of the Institutes.

Though the writings are brief, it meets the purpose of engaging the reader with less words and more reflection. This is the mark of a good devotional. Whether one is comfortable with Reformed theology or Calvinism, this book is not intended to convert anyone closer to Calvin. Neither is it a marketing tool to promote the Institutes. It is simply a sharing of one who loves the works of Calvin, who desires to let the teachings draw one closer to God. That way, anyone desiring to keep pace, to think thoughts of God through the day, can easily pick up this book, open a chapter, and sip coffee gently while the thoughts of "Coffee with Calvin" slowly refreshes one's thoughts of God.

Rating: 4.5 stars of 5

This book is provided to me free by Westminster John Knox Press and NetGalley without any obligation for a positive review. All opinions offered above are mine unless otherwise stated or implied.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The Best Part of Waking Up 8 Mar. 2013
By Darian Burns - Published on
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“Coffee with Calvin” is a fantastic little devotional book. It takes 84 of the best nuggets found in Calvin’s “Institutes of the Christian Religion”, gives them practical application and gives them an accessibility through simplified and readable language. The devotional is an excellent introduction to, or reminder of, the enduring theology of John Calvin.

Each day's devotion introduces a brief selection from Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion, followed by a thematic observation by Donald K. McKim. The paperback is arranged into eight divisions and ordered for either daily or weekly devotional study. The divisions are arranged thematically, permitting readers the freedom to delve into the themes they are most drawn to. Readers will come away seeing Calvin as an exceptionally useful theologian with timeless acumens into the Christian life.

Many may make the false assumption that a devotional centered around Calvin's teaching would be dry and overly academic. However, this is not the case with "Coffee with Calvin". This devotional is stimulating, thoughtful, and often humorous. Set the alarm clock, get a cup of coffee, engage with God and then enjoy some Calvin.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Interesting and clear 1 Nov. 2013
By J. Skimins - Published on
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I am using this book with a group of people and McKim gives a clear reflection on Calvin without getting caught up in the detail of Calvin's theology
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Gentle introduction to Calvin's Institutes 18 Aug. 2013
By Ruth Smith - Published on
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Dr. McKim takes exerpts from the Institutes; fits them into an outline of Christian belief and practice and then weaves a devotion around each of the 84 exerpts. A practicing Presbyterian, I have heard endlessly about Calvin's Institutes - its erudition and impenetrability. The author makes each exerpt both understandable and practical and even seduces one into thinking one MIGHT just try to read the original.
I'd recommend this devotional book.
Coffee with Calvin wonderful read for those interested in daily devotions 26 Jun. 2014
By Myrna Oakley - Published on
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The author offers thoughtful devotional readings based on John Calvin's life and letters, I am thoroughly enjoying Coffee with Calvin!
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