Category Archives: The Church

The Church: Ever Ancient

The church is one of the only places in culture where people of multiple generations make our lives together. This is the way God wants it. Augustine addresses God in prayer this way: “Beauty ever ancient, ever new.” I think … Continue reading

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From John F. Kennedy to John Kerry: Evangelicalism’s Shifting Position on the Catholic Church

Currently, at First Things magazine, Dr. Timothy George, Fr. Thomas Guarino and Dr. Carl Trueman are posting reflections on the ecumenical working group Evangelicals and Catholics Together (ECT) in light of their twenty years of existence (see http://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2015/03/evangelicals-and-catholics-togethertwenty-years-later). The creation and success of ECT … Continue reading

Posted in ACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Current Affairs, Missional-Ecumenism, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church | 4 Comments/Likes

“Sanctuary” – A Chicago ABC Television Broadcast on the ACT3 Network Story

ABC television, Channel 7, in Chicago broadcast a special twenty-eight minute program called “Sanctuary,” that was devoted to the ACT3 story and to my life and work for missional-ecumenism. This program aired yesterday, March 22. Today you can see the … Continue reading

Posted in ACT 3, Missional-Ecumenism, Television, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church | 42 Comments/Likes

Living in Community, Living in Love

Yesterday, I wrote about the desert fathers and mothers. One of the most prominent of them all was Antony of the desert. After reading Jesus’ words to the rich younger ruler Antony, sensing the spiritual deadness of his own soul … Continue reading

Posted in ACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Church History, Church Tradition, Culture, Discipleship, Friendship, Love, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, Prayer, Renewal, Spirituality, The Church | 5 Comments/Likes

The Wilderness and the Desert: Images for Christian Living?

Two of the most lasting images used by the Christian church to describe the spiritual life, especially among the desert fathers and mothers, are wilderness and the desert. Had I not learned these two images in the early 1990s I … Continue reading

Posted in Biblical Theology, Church Tradition, Discipleship, Patristics, Personal, Spirituality, The Church | 24 Comments/Likes

Suzanne McDonald: The Power of Real Ecumenism

Last year ACT3 hosted the Lausanne Movement’s Catholic-Evangelical Conversation in Mundelein, Illinois. We will host this same event again on September 2-5 this year. During our meeting last year ACT3 hired a videographer to film each of the participants talking … Continue reading

Posted in ACT 3, Missional-Ecumenism, My Christian Unity Story, The Church, Unity of the Church | 1 Comment/Like

Jeff Gokee on Christian Unity and Why It Matters

One of my very best friends is Rev. Jeff Gokee, who serves PhoenixONE and is a recent addition to the ACT3 Network board of directors. Today Jeff speaks about the power and importance of Christian Unity.

Posted in ACT 3, Missional-Ecumenism, My Christian Unity Story, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church | 7 Comments/Likes

A Liberal Confession that Conservatives Can Affirm

Today’s Guest Blogger: Dr. David Lescalleet There was an interesting recent editorial on dailybeast.com entitled:  Why I’m coming out as a Christian.  Columnist Ana Marie Cox who has written for a number of periodicals and has quite the following on … Continue reading

Posted in American Evangelicalism, Discipleship, Evangelism, Faith, Gospel/Good News, Missional Church, Personal, The Church | 14 Comments/Likes

Two Modern Films That Define Us as Americans, Part Two

In complete contrast with American Sniper the new film McFarland USA is a Disney movie. It is also based on a true story. It is an against-all-odds story of the 1987 McFarland high school cross country team in an economically challenged … Continue reading

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Two Modern Films That Define Us as Americans, Part One

I have not reviewed a movie here for many months, maybe for a year or more. I am not sure why this is true. I simply lost interest in film reviews I suppose. I’ve also seen some fairly bad movies … Continue reading

Posted in America and Americanism, American Evangelicalism, Film, Immigration, The Church, The War on Terrorism | 20 Comments/Likes