A Sleepless Night and a Gentle and Powerful Morning Reminder

John ArmstrongBiblical Theology, Discipleship, Faith, Friendship, Jesus, Love, PersonalLeave a Comment

In Matthew 19 Jesus welcomes little children to himself, (gently) touches them and prays over them. The disciples, in contrast, seem too stern and busy to feel the is important kingdom work. The story tells us: 13 Then little children were being brought to him in order that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples spoke sternly … 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

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

Reflections on Forgiveness and Forgiving (Tom Masters)

John ArmstrongFaith, Forgiveness, Roman Catholicism, SpiritualityLeave a Comment

Reading the text and commentary for the Focolare Movement’s “Word of Life” for May, 2015, brought to my mind an experience from two years ago when I was in Rome to meet with the editorial staff of the publishing house Città Nuova.  On March 13, the very day that the meeting began, it happened that Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who took … Read More

Aaron Niequist: The Practice – Learning the Unforced Rhythms of Grace

John ArmstrongChurch Tradition, Discipleship, Faith, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, The Church, The Future12 Comments

Aaron Niequist began an experimental community at Willow Creek early last year (2014). The Practice: Learning the Unforced Rhythms of Grace. Aaron aims to be a discipleship-focused, formation oriented, practice-based tribe asks two simple questions: (1) What is the Life that Christ invites us into? and (2) “What are the practices,” he asks, “that we can do together, and on our own, to embrace this Eternal Life now?” Said simply: What is God doing and how can we join Him? As Aaron and I have gotten to know each other as good friends the last two years I have watched these developments with increased joy and interest. Today I would … Read More

A Liberal Confession that Conservatives Can Affirm

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Discipleship, Evangelism, Faith, Gospel/Good News, Missional Church, Personal, The Church14 Comments

Today’s Guest Blogger: Dr. David Lescalleet There was an interesting recent editorial on dailybeast.com entitled:  Why I’m coming out as a Christian.  Columnist Ana Marie Cox who has written for a number of periodicals and has quite the following on twitter (1.3 million and counting) wrote the article.  I heard about it today when Ms. Cox appeared on the cable … Read More

A Special Season in the Desert – A Journey into Deeper Ecumenism (3)

John ArmstrongACT 3, Discipleship, Faith, Love, Missional-Ecumenism, My Christian Unity Story, Personal, Prayer, Renewal, Spirituality, The Church, Unity of the Church4 Comments

What God gave to me in the late 1990s, and into the early years of this present century, was a settled assurance that he would go with me into a desert. There I would feel abandoned at times but he would always be with me. In the desert he would provide for me, heal me, teach me and prepare me … Read More

Pope Francis: The Great Reformer?

John ArmstrongACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Current Affairs, Evangelism, Faith, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church8 Comments

Over recent days I have been reading Austen Ivereigh’s new biography, The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2014). This is a magnificent book. It is clearly the best biography we have of this man, at least so far. The work is very engaging and looks carefully at the circumstances … Read More