A Review: Tear Down These Walls: Following Jesus into Deeper Unity (Cascade, 2021) John H. Armstrong
Tear Down These Walls: Following Jesus into Deeper Unity (Cascade, 2021), John H. Armstrong
This is a beautifully written book on Christ’s call for Christian unity, its title derived from President Reagan’s famous and effective challenge regarding the Berlin Wall. John Armstrong, scholar, pastor, and ardent ecumenist, uses his own unfolding experience to elaborate the gospel foundation for ecumenism. He emphasizes (as does Pope Francis) that the church’s mission to the world should be a powerful unifying factor, helping the churches to transcend their differences and conflicts while retaining a healthy diversity. Armstrong calls this “missional ecumenism.” His study offers strong and well-grounded biblical, and theological reflections emanating from his own faith journey.
Donald Senior, OP
The Bible Today, September/October 2022
[Editor’s Note: This article is shared on this blog with the permission of it publisher, Wipf & Stock Publishers.]
Published February 16, 2022
Congratulations to Cascade authors John H. Armstrong and Caleb J. Lines for their recent silver medals from the Illumination Book Awards!
Armstrong’s Tear Down These Walls: Following Jesus into Deeper Unity (August 2021) won a silver medal in the theology category. Armstrong has devoted three decades to the work of Christian unity. His story and ministry have encouraged many around the world and now they are reflected in this memoir of a life devoted to unity.
Winning silver medal for the Missions/Ministry category is Lines’ recent book, The Great Digital Commission: Embracing Social Media for Church Growth and Transformation (September 2021). The Great Digital Commission offers a theological reflection on the importance of social media—while acknowledging its shortfalls—and suggests practical steps that can help congregations think about strategies for church growth and transformation. This book is designed to be approachable for pastors, church leaders, and church social media managers, as well as congregants who want […]
My friend John Armstrong has devoted three decades or more to the work of Christian unity. His story and ministry have encouraged many around the world and now they are reflected in this study, which includes some of his own story, almost like a theological memoir of a life devoted to unity.