“For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.” -Psalm 27:5
Welcome to reformedpavilion.com, website for the magazine Reformed Pavilion.
The purpose of Reformed Pavilion is to sound forth a witness of the Reformed faith over against the ceaseless assaults upon that faith. As a Reformed magazine, Reformed Pavilion must be theological, its pages proclaiming the doctrine that God is God. As a Reformed magazine, Reformed Pavilion must also be polemical, its pages doing battle against the lie that Man is God.
In keeping with its name, Reformed Pavilion will teach theology and engage in polemics in the service of the truth, as that truth gives safety, protection, and rest to God’s people. Safety, protection, and rest! How good they are! What a relief they are for God’s battle-weary people! How necessary they are for the time of trouble! No wonder the psalmist exults in God’s pavilion, for there he is safe. “For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.”
The logo of Reformed Pavilion is based on Chillon Castle (seen here) on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland. The castle sits on the eastern shore of the lake, opposite the well-known city of Geneva on the western shore. The castle was held by powerful counts during the Middle Ages but was captured by the Protestant canton of Bern in 1536. Although there is no evidence that John Calvin ever visited the castle, Calvin arrived in the city of Geneva on the other side of the lake in 1536. Thus, the year 1536 was significant for the strongholds on both sides of Lake Geneva: John Calvin came to Geneva that year, and Protestant control came to Chillon Castle. The castle has long been recognized as a strong fortress, being located on a naturally defensible rocky islet in Lake Geneva. Chillon Castle’s solid defenses and its connection with Calvin’s Geneva make it an apt logo for a Reformed magazine. When the psalmist speaks in Psalm 27 of God’s pavilion, he means such a fortress where the child of God finds protection and rest.