I ask all of you, as a preface, to keep the arguments over election and predestination out of this thread. The idea here is this: having read a lot of the Genevan reformer's writings, I believe that most evangelical protestants and free church people are at least 75-80% calvinistic, in the sense of walking in the steps of this pioneer in other areas of doctrine and practice(inspiration, the Holy Spirit, justification, church government, expository preaching, exegesis, the atonement [not its extent]). He was the first modern exegete, and was the first scholar to seriously resurrect the historical-grammatical method of the Antiochan School. For those who don't like his systematics, you should try reading his commentaries and his sermons. You will find refreshing material there. For instance, Calvin is quite adamant that God loves all people (his comments on Jn 3:16 are about two full pages long). I invite all to research and find items where there is commonality. And please, keep election, etc. out of this.