Category Archives: Friendship

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 Lausanne Catholic-Evangelical Conversation 2014 (2)

During the days of September 11-13, 2014, twenty-six people from Catholic and evangelical churches gathered to build relationships for the sake of Christ’s mission. Yesterday I shared the first portion of our report. Today I share the second part of … Continue reading

Posted in ACT 3, Evangelism, Friendship, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church | 4 Comments/Likes

ISIS and the Importance of Christian-Muslim Relations in the US (Guest Blog)

The recent 9/11 anniversary of the attacks on the Twin Towers in Manhattan and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. also brought with it, especially in light of the present actions of ISIS/ISIL , memories of the backlash against Muslim and … Continue reading

Posted in America and Americanism, Current Affairs, Freedom, Friendship, Interfaith Relations and Dialogue, Religion, The Future | 7 Comments/Likes

What Can Be Done to Seek Unity Between Catholics and Evangelicals?

It is no secret that I am an evangelical Protestant. (I do not think the word “evangelical” makes for a good noun thus I use it here intentionally as an adjective.) I was originally ordained in an evangelical Protestant context (Southern … Continue reading

Posted in ACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Current Affairs, Evangelism, Friendship, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, Reformed Christianity, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church | 14 Comments/Likes

Friendship, Mentors and Divine Love

Someone recently wrote to me about relationships – comparing the various kinds of human relationships we have in terms of our different kinds of friends; including our peers and mentors/mentees. The dictionary says that a friend is a person known well … Continue reading

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A Solo Pianist with a Great Gift and Deep Christian Faith

I discovered concert pianist Stanton Lanier through my friend Chris Fabry on his afternoon broadcast on the Moody Broadcast Network during the Advent season. I wrote to Stanton Lanier shortly after I began to listen to his music regularly. Recently … Continue reading

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A Humble Conversation with a Christian Science Practitioner About Jesus

One of those opportunities that I am afforded because of my mission in ecumenism is rich dialogue with people from many diverse backgrounds. Last fall I spoke to the North American Academy on Ecumenists, which met in Chicago. I delivered … Continue reading

Posted in ACT 3, Christ/Christology, Church History, Current Affairs, Friendship, Missional-Ecumenism, The Church | 24 Comments/Likes

How and Why ACT3 Began

The ministry of ACT3 Network was legally incorporated in 1991. Four men joined me in our home in Carol Stream for the purpose of founding a non-profit teaching mission that would seek the renewal of the church through impacting the … Continue reading

Posted in ACT 3, Discipleship, Friendship, Kingdom of God, Leadership, Love, Missional-Ecumenism, Pastoral Renewal, Personal, Religion, Renewal, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church | 5 Comments/Likes

True Friendships (4)

In my Tuesday blog (1/14) I gave a quotation from the monastic writer John Cassian that is taken from his book titled The Conferences. In this extremely practical and moving treatment of deep spirituality Cassian wrote the following about “true … Continue reading

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True Friendship (2)

Yesterday I shared a lengthy quotation from The Conferences of John Cassian (d. 435). This quotation had to do with Christian friendship. (As I wrote on Monday, the subject of friendship means a great deal to me.) In his second of … Continue reading

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