Live the Life You Imagined

John ArmstrongFriendship, PersonalLeave a Comment

The famous Henry David Thoreau wrote: Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.   That’s not a biblical way of putting it but it is a good way to lay hold of God’s love and purpose for your life. I will soon by sixty-nine years old. I can now confidently say that I … Read More

The Document of the Origins of Jesus of Nazareth

John ArmstrongAdvent, Biblical Theology, Christ/Christology, Kingdom of GodLeave a Comment

Matthew’s Gospel has always caused modern readers some consternation when they read the first chapter. Why is this long “genealogy” put here at the beginning of the first Gospel? I prefer to first think of this list of names here in terms of what is clearly said in the first verse, Jesus is “the son of David, son of Abraham.” … Read More

Joseph’s Utterly Unique Vocation

John ArmstrongAdvent, Discipleship, JesusLeave a Comment

The late philosopher and atheist Jean Paul Sartre one wrote a Christmas play called Bariona. In this play he tries to imagine Joseph in Bethlehem, and writes: “He [Joseph] feels himself slightly out of it. He suffers because he sees how much this woman whom he loves resembles God; how she is already at the side of God. For God … Read More

Living My Way Into the Life of the Trinity

John ArmstrongChrist/Christology, Contemplation, Discipleship, Forgiveness, God's Character, Jesus, Love, Personal, Prayer, Scripture, The TrinityLeave a Comment

No truth is (perhaps) more complex than that of the Trinity, one God in three persons. But I am persuaded that no truth is more central to living well as a follower of Christ. The Trinity is not a debate, at least for me. It is revealed yet it is a stunning mystery. A professor, playing on an earlier line, … Read More

Hearts and Minds Book Notes

John ArmstrongACT 3, Biblical Theology, BooksLeave a Comment

One of my good friends is Byron Borger, the owner/manager of Hearts and Minds Books in Pennsylvania. Byron regularly prepares a great review of a wide array of books. I encourage you to read his reviews (which you can get by email) and buy books from him. Yes, you can buy books for a larger discount at Amazon but Byron … Read More

A Sleepless Night and a Gentle and Powerful Morning Reminder

John ArmstrongBiblical Theology, Discipleship, Faith, Friendship, Jesus, Love, PersonalLeave a Comment

In Matthew 19 Jesus welcomes little children to himself, (gently) touches them and prays over them. The disciples, in contrast, seem too stern and busy to feel the is important kingdom work. The story tells us: 13 Then little children were being brought to him in order that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples spoke sternly … Read More

How Does Jesus Speak to Our Modern Religious and Social Context?

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Culture, Current Affairs, Economy/Economics, Kingdom of God, Lordship of Christ, LoveLeave a Comment

I am currently reading, rather slowly I confess, through the Gospel of Mark. It is a fast-paced narrative a rooted in oral tradition, something easily forgotten by modern readers. At the beginning of the second century CE this Gospel was affirmed in several texts as the work of Mark. It was also attributed to Peter, who was his companion. Because this … Read More

War: The Most Dreaded Enemy of Liberty

John ArmstrongAmerica and Americanism, Culture, Current Affairs, Ethics, History, The War on Terrorism4 Comments

During the course of my lifetime (b. 1949) America has fought many wars. In fact, we have been engaged in foreign struggles and combat for almost the entirety of my lifetime, with the exception of the four years of President Carter’s administration (1977-1981). This simple fact got me to thinking recently about an anniversary of a historic document in American … Read More