The Life and Last Days of a Saint: Dr. Ben Campbell Johnson

John ArmstrongEvangelism, Love, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, Spirituality13 Comments

Dr. Ben Campbell Johnson, a Presbyterian minister, and author, served as Professor of Evangelism and Director of Spirituality at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia (1981-2000). Since his retirement at CTS Ben has been a professor emeritus and taught many classes, written more books, and touched countless lives. I read several Ben Johnson books decades ago. Several of his better books are … Read More

The Pope’s Appeal for Inter-Religious Unity and Love

John ArmstrongACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Creeds, Current Affairs, Evangelism, Faith, Gospel/Good News, Interfaith Relations and Dialogue, Islam, Jesus, Pope Francis, The Church, The Future7 Comments

In the light of the debates now raging among Christians regarding how to respond to people of other faiths Pope Francis gives us here a short video in which he expresses his heart and personal hope. Many evangelicals will see this video and conclude something like the following: “Pope Francis believes all people are brothers and sisters and thus he … Read More

Christena Cleveland: A Powerful Message on Unity at Urbana 2015

John ArmstrongACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Current Affairs, Discipleship, Evangelism, Gospel/Good News, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church8 Comments

The recent Urbana 2015 Conference, held in St. Louis, featured a number of great speakers and topics. One of our ACT3 board members, Scott Brill, is on staff with InterVarsity and sent me links to two plenary addresses I found immensely important. I share the first of these two messages in today’s blog post. Scott Brill was also responsible for … Read More

Pope Francis and the Faith of Non-Christians

John ArmstrongACT 3, Current Affairs, Evangelism, Interfaith Relations and Dialogue, Islam, Jesus, Personal, Pope Francis, Religion, Roman Catholicism6 Comments

On Friday, September 25, Pope Francis visited Ground Zero in New York City to pay respect for life and to pray for healing and peace. Many Christians have expressed dismay that the pope did not mention the name of Jesus at this occasion. Some have specifically stated that he actually proved that he was a religious pluralist who does not … Read More

The Third Annual Catholic-Evangelical Conversation

John ArmstrongACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Current Affairs, Evangelism, Gospel/Good News, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, Pope Francis, Roman Catholicism5 Comments

“From September 1st to the 5th, the University of Saint Mary of the Lake in Mundelein Illinois was the site for the Third Annual Evangelical and Catholic Conversation.  Along with the University, the conversation is sponsored by the Archdiocesan Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs and ACT-3, a network of relational partnerships between churches, missions and leaders in missional ecumenism.  Father … Read More

The Week That Dramatically Altered the Culture Conflict and the Future of the Church

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Church History, Civil Rights, Culture, Current Affairs, Ethics, Evangelism, Gospel/Good News, Homosexuality, Missional Church, Personal, Sexuality, The Church31 Comments

Response to the recent Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage has been all over the map, to say the least. We have seen some amazing celebrations and all the expected denunciations from many Christians. At First Baptist Church in Dallas the pulpit was adorned with red, white and blue last weekend. The pastor called the ruling “an affront in the … Read More

John Hagee: Reflections on My Facebook Post (Part 4 of 4)

John ArmstrongACT 3, America and Americanism, Church History, Current Affairs, Eschatology, Evangelism, Kingdom of God, Politics, The Church, The Future22 Comments

When I previously wrote about John Hagee I defended my link and comment by saying that Hagee is misleading multitudes. I believe this is apparent once you read the biblical texts above and then read what Hagee is saying. Then follow his actions on behalf of the state of Israel. (Have you ever seen photographs of his studio/auditorium where his … Read More

John Hagee: Reflections on My Facebook Post (Part 3 of 4)

John ArmstrongACT 3, America and Americanism, American Evangelicalism, Church History, Current Affairs, Eschatology, Evangelism, Hermeneutics, Israel, Kingdom of God, The Church, The Future6 Comments

In the case of John Hagee very few people within the larger culture are paying attention to his prophecies. Last week I scanned a copy of John Hagee’s book, Can America Survive?: 10 Prophetic Signs That We Are The Terminal Generation (Howard Books, 2010), in a Half-Price Bookstore near home. The copy I looked at was called an “Updated Edition.” … Read More

John Hagee: Reflections on My Facebook Post (Part 2 of 4)

John ArmstrongACT 3, America and Americanism, American Evangelicalism, Church History, Current Affairs, Eschatology, Evangelism, Hermeneutics, Kingdom of God, The Church, The Future36 Comments

So what did Jesus teach about his coming again and the End? We read the words of Jesus in Mark 13:32-37. These are often read as words about this age and his coming again: “But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Beware, keep alert; for you do … Read More