Confessional vs. Functional

John ArmstrongCreeds, Missional Church, Theology

Pastor Mark Moore, of Providence Community Church in Plano, Texas, is a friend that I met about five years ago on a retreat in Colorado. Recently, we connected again through Facebook and then his reading of my book, Your Church Is To Small. Then last week we shared a long telephone conversation that led me to read his blogs and … Read More

The Creed: A Mirror

John ArmstrongBiblical Theology, Creeds, The Church, Unity of the Church

The famous St. Augustine (354-430) once said, “Let the creed be like a mirror for you. Look at yourself in it to see whether you really believe all that you claim to believe. And rejoice every day in your faith.” I love that counsel: “Let the creed be like a mirror for you.” I have learned the great value of … Read More

Does Faith Require Definition?

John ArmstrongCreeds, Theology, Unity of the Church

While I concur that postmodernism has brought about some insights to faith that are welcome there is a huge danger that many younger Christians do not see here. Does faith properly require definition or do we make it up as we go along? It should be noted, as a bedrock premise of all speaking about God and Scripture, that faith … Read More

Does God Have a Name?

John ArmstrongBiblical Theology, Creeds, Jesus

Yesterday I wrote about God being ONE, not two or three. How then do we think of this one God? Or, asked in a different and very engaging way, “Does God have a name?” If so what should we call him? The most important name by which God reveals himself in the Old Testament is YHWH, or with the vowels … Read More

Why Believe in Only One God?

John ArmstrongBiblical Theology, Creeds

Christianity is a monotheistic faith, as is Judaism and Islam. Jesus taught us, in Mark 12:29-30, “The Lord our God, the Lord is one; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” But what makes this affirmation so important? Why should … Read More