Author Archives: John Armstrong

Ft. Thomas Baima on the Power of Christian Unity

The Very Reverend Dr. Thomas A. Baima is a full professor of systematic theology and Vice Rector for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein Seminary. In 2012 Tom … Continue reading

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Fr. Robert Barron on the Importance of Christian Unity

Yesterday, I gave you a report on the recent dialogue that I did with my friend Fr. Robert Barron. Last fall Fr. Barron was interviewed by ACT3 on his ideas about Christian unity when we had our Lausanne Catholic-Evangelical Conversation … Continue reading

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An Evening for Ecumenical Conversation @ St. Procopius Abbey

On Monday, February 9, St. Procopius Abbey (Lisle, IL) hosted a wonderful evening gathering dedicated to Catholic-Evangelical ecumenism. Several hundred guests, representing scores of Catholic and Protestant parishes throughout the Chicago area, gathered to listen to two long-time friends engage … Continue reading

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National Workshop on Christian Unity 2015

Last year I mentioned speaking at a plenary session at the National Workshop on Christian Unity in New Mexico. This year the workshop is in Charlotte, North Carolina, April 22-25. I will be helping the leadership team establish a new … Continue reading

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The Roman Catholic and Evangelical Dialogue: Reflections on Ecumenism for the 21st Century (Video)

The resource that we provide today is “old” but still quite useful. This dialogue took place some years ago at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. There is much here to glean but this is very long. It runs ten … Continue reading

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ACT3 Network Video: An Introduction to Our Mission

Last fall (2014) a friend, who is a professional videographer with solid credentials, partnered with me to make a new video. Another friend gave ACT3 a generous gift to make this new “ACT3 Introduction” video. This has been on our … Continue reading

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Debating Doctrine and Preserving Unity: What Conservative Christians Can Do (2)

In the story that I related yesterday I ended with a friend who was teaching an adult class in his church and a couple that had quit attending because my friend did not embrace a six-day, twenty-four hour, recent creation … Continue reading

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Debating Doctrine and Preserving Unity: What Conservative Christians Can Do (1)

A very good friend, who is mature and wise from solid life experience, recently taught what he describes to me as “a somewhat ecumenical message in my adult Sunday School class (while unpacking the Greatest Commandment).” He told his class … Continue reading

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The Way of Jesus (2)

We welcome once again Rev. Dr. George Byron Koch as our guest blogger. As the Church moved out from Israel into the surrounding cultures, and the leadership of the Church became more and more Gentile, this understanding of following the Way, … Continue reading

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The Way of Jesus (1)

We welcome Rev. Dr. George Byron Koch as our guest blogger for today and tomorrow. I remember the first time I learned that the early believers, long before they were called “Christians,” referred to themselves as followers of “the Way” of … Continue reading

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