Author Archives: John Armstrong

Personal (Non-Scientific) Reflections on Millennials and the Church (Part One)

I have had my fair share of engagement over the last few years with the Millennial generation (born since 1982). I am quite sure that most church leaders have very little understanding of this generation. Large numbers do not see … Continue reading

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The Growing Desire for Silence in the Church – How Shall We Respond?

Archbishop Salvatore Fisichella, the president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, recently said that at a time when young people are bombarded by noise and distractions, especially from the social media, there is a “deep desire” for … Continue reading

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The Abuse of Women and Our Response (Part Two)

The case of Baltimore Ravens football player Ray Rice’s assault on his fiancé in February of this year underscores a major problem in the NFL and our culture in general – women are still being abused and many institutions (mostly those … Continue reading

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The Abuse of Women and Our Response (Part One)

Women are abused every day, perhaps no less so than a few decades ago when the problem was not as open for the public to see as it has been in the early 21st century. This abuse might be even … Continue reading

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Joseph – A Type of Christ?

I am invited to preach in worship contexts in several different places, at least now and then. Here is my most recent sermon from Genesis 37 given at Lutheran Church of the Master in Carol Stream, August 3, 2014. All … Continue reading

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Jesus’ Greatest Desire for His Church on Earth

When I first began to understand John 17 I realized that Jesus’ greatest desire for his disciples was that they would live this oneness together. He wanted them to be united as a powerful witness to the reality of the … Continue reading

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What Has Love Got to Do With Unity?

So what has love got to do with unity? Everything! When God revealed to me a whole new understanding of Christian unity in Christ’s mission – what I call missional-ecumenism – I began to share this message as widely as … Continue reading

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Does Jesus Love the Whole World?

Jesus enlarges his prayer circle in John 17:10 to include his disciples: “I have been glorified in them.” In verse 9 he transitions from praying for himself to praying for his own disciples: “I am not asking on behalf of … Continue reading

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Our Judgment: How It Destroys Christian Unity in Love

Over time I have come to understand that deep Christian ecumenism is essential to the well-being and genuine faithfulness of the whole church. This is true precisely because no one “member” of the body of Christ has gained all the … Continue reading

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Unity is Always Found in Love

In my book Your Church Is Too Small I try to show how the unity of the church, established in Christ’s love for his Father, leads to a growing relational unity that follows him into his mission to the world. … Continue reading

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