Learning from Lord Mackay: The Role of Two Kingdoms in the Christian Public Life

John ArmstrongBooks, Church Tradition, Culture, Current AffairsLeave a Comment

I am regularly asked to review books. I have the far too little time to undertake most of these requests. But such is the opportunity of authors who have many friends who are also authors. When I can, and if the subject of the book interests me, I try to read my friends’ books and write short reviews. Thus I … Read More

Deacons & Service (A Guest Article)

John ArmstrongChurch History, Civil Rights, Culture, Current Affairs, Discipleship, Love, Spirituality, The ChurchLeave a Comment

Deacons & Service Roy Hill II As a deacon, my desire with this writing is to objectively address the spiritual and biblical reality that being a deacon, a servant, is a priceless service-opportunity available to people in different walks of life.  I acknowledge challenges to engaging this opportunity.  And I encourage knowing that we can overcome the challenges which may … Read More

Chalking Our Home at Epiphany?

John ArmstrongAdvent, Biblical Theology, Church History, Church Tradition, Current Affairs, Immigration, Love, Personal, The Church, The Persecuted ChurchLeave a Comment

I confess that until recently I had never heard of the ancient Christian custom of chalking the door. (Some say it began in Bavaria.) This custom is an Epiphanytide tradition that is either celebrated on the eve of Epiphany, or on the Sunday of Epiphany (today). The purpose is to bless one’s home. The tradition is still practiced by many Anglicans, … 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

How Could Tyranny Destroy Our Democracy?

John ArmstrongAmerica and Americanism, American Evangelicalism, Books, Culture, Current Affairs, Free Speech, Freedom, History, Ideology, Philosophy, Politics, Pope Francis, The FutureLeave a Comment

Political scientists and historians are increasingly expressing profound concerns about the future of democracy in the West. I have been asking, as an amateur historian of America, “How and why do democracies die?” The study of democratic backsliding, though around for a long time, is becoming more urgent as we watch events unfold so rapidly it creates deep concern in … Read More

Pondering the Syrian Context on the Day After Our Nation Launched Fifty Tomahawk Missiles

John ArmstrongAmerica and Americanism, Current Affairs, Personal, Politics, Pope Francis, The Church, The War on Terrorism2 Comments

Late late night I read the first news reports of our president’s authorization of the launch of fifty missiles on Syrian air bases. (He warned the Russians in advance so their soldiers would leave, wanting to avoid a direct conflict with Russia.) It appears this morning that we hit military targets and human casualties will be small, perhaps even none. … Read More

Breach of Trust: Has Our U.S. Policy Lost Its Way?

John ArmstrongAmerica and Americanism, Current Affairs, Freedom, Personal1 Comment

Our American commitment to perpetual war now seems fairly self-evident. We have been engaged in some kind of military conflict, almost without significant pause, since the end of the Vietnam War. Our current military action in Iraq and Afghanistan (and the wider Middle East) is nearing fifteen years and there is virtually no reason to see a real (final) end … Read More

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017 in Atlanta

John ArmstrongACT 3, Current Affairs, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, The Church, Unity of the ChurchLeave a Comment

Last Tuesday evening, January 24, I preached a sermon on reconciliation (1 Corinthians 5:14-20) at the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity service at Emory University in Atlanta. I shared this program with leaders from across much of the Christian tradition. The event was inspiring and deeply Christ centered. The Archdiocese of Atlanta made a video about the evening which … Read More

Do Not Confuse Your Plans with God’s

John ArmstrongAmerica and Americanism, American Evangelicalism, Biblical Theology, Culture, Current Affairs, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, Politics, Religion, Renewal, The Future1 Comment

One of the most persistent problems I face, as both a Christian thinker and leader, is to confuse my plans with God’s plans. I seek God, I pray, and I read widely and study a great deal. I often see a clear way forward, at least sometimes. I sometimes feel quite sure I know what God wants. But my plans … Read More