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

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

Fr. Thomas Baima’s Short Address to the Muslim Society of Chicago

John ArmstrongACT 3, Christ/Christology, Culture, Current Affairs, Interfaith Relations and Dialogue, Islam4 Comments

Many readers know that Fr. Thomas Baima is a close friend and a supporter of ACT3 Network. Tom and I go back more than a decade now in ecumenical work and inter-religious dialogue. Tom has one of the best minds, and some of the finest first-hand experience, in this field of dialogue. I turn to him quite often to discuss … Read More

The Signs of Love Should Not Be Obscured

John ArmstrongACT 3, Christ/Christology, Current Affairs, History, Love, Spirituality, The Future6 Comments

The world roils in bad news and the story of immense tragedies. These painful realities are quite real. But the great danger we Christians face in 2016 is to focus our attention on this “bad news.” In his final public utterance of 2015, Pope Francis on Thursday, December 31, insisted that the horrors of the past year are often “weighed … Read More

The Passing of My Friend Joseph F. Girzone

John ArmstrongACT 3, Biblical Theology, Christ/Christology, Death, Discipleship, Faith, Jesus, Love, Personal10 Comments

Several years ago I shared the story of how I met Fr. Joseph F. Girzone (1930-2015). I had read Joe’s wonderful book, Jesus: A New Understanding of God’s Son (New York: Doubleday, 2009). I simply loved it. Frankly, it changed my life in many profound ways. I wrote my first ever review on Amazon and as a result someone showed it … Read More

Christian Unity Week @ Judson University, Part Three

John ArmstrongACT 3, Biblical Theology, Christ/Christology, Current Affairs, Discipleship, Love, Missional-Ecumenism, Orthodoxy, Personal, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church5 Comments

We ended Christian Unity Week at Judson University on Friday, October 10. The final message was given by one of my dearest friends on earth – Fr. Wilbur Ellsworth. Fr. Ellsworth, pastor of Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church in Warrenville, Illinois, has been my friend since the 1980s. He came to Wheaton, from a pastorate in Kent, Ohio, to serve as … Read More

Our Lord’s Prayer for Unity in Triune Love

John ArmstrongACT 3, Biblical Theology, Christ/Christology, Jesus, Love, Missional-Ecumenism, The Church, Unity of the Church1 Comment

Jesus begins his prayer in John 17 by asking the Father to glorify him so that he could glorify the Father. These words (“glorify”) are too easily passed over. When the Bible speaks of glory it uses the word doxa, a Greek word which comes from the Old Testament Hebrew word kabod. The widely accepted meaning of doxa is “fame … Read More

Westminster Theological Seminary – Can Institutions Respond to Controversy in Radical Love (Part Three)

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Biblical Theology, Christ/Christology, Church History, Current Affairs, Education, Hermeneutics, History, Personal, Reformed Christianity, The Church, The Future8 Comments

There have been a number of previous controversies at Westminster Theological Seminary (PA). In the middle of the last decade there was one that many believe is linked (in some way) to the “retirement” issue of Doug Green. The Enns debate surrounded the teaching of Dr. Peter Enns, an Old Testament professor who left the faculty six years ago. It is widely believed … Read More