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

Should Ecclesiastes Be in the Biblical Canon?

John ArmstrongBiblical Theology, Current Affairs, God's Character, History, Spirituality24 Comments

My question will likely startle some. It seems obvious to others. Count me among the latter group. I have read the book many, many times but it has never seemed clearly apparent to me that it belongs, even among the books that we call the “wisdom literature.” I recently read Ecclesiastes again, this time in The Message. Same question: Why … Read More

Pope Francis, the Mercy of God, and the Danger of Fundamentalism

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, God's Character, Mercy, Missional-Ecumenism, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future, The Persecuted Church, Unity of the Church14 Comments

Pope Francis just returned from his first trip to Africa a few days ago. Those of us who watch and pray for him were amazed once again at his courage, faithfulness and continued displays of pastoral mercy. Surely “mercy” does sum up what Francis says and does as pope. Thus it is not surprising really since he has declared the … Read More

Who Needs a “Jubilee of Mercy”?

John ArmstrongBiblical Theology, Forgiveness, God's Character, Jesus, Roman Catholicism, Spirituality11 Comments

“Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world: have mercy upon us.” Each one of us, many times during our lives, have raised our voices and cried, “Lord have mercy.” Mercy is the kind of forgiving treatment of someone who could be treated harshly. From a Christian perspective, it is the gift that God or another person … Read More

Why Is There Something Rather Than Nothing?

John ArmstrongBiblical Theology, God's Character, Love, Philosophy9 Comments

Philosophers have debated this question for millennia: “Why is there something rather than nothing?” Christians have an answer, indeed the only answer that I believe satisfies both the mind and the heart. In the distant past there was only God. The ineffable and eternal God, existing in the triune fellowship of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He was/is a … Read More

Love Alone Is Eternal (Part Six)

John ArmstrongBiblical Theology, God's Character, Love, Personal, The Church, Uncategorized2 Comments

The great English writer and poet Christopher Dawson said poetry is “the language in which man explores his amazement.” The same could be said of all great art, literature and philosophy. Yet above all this much more can be said about Christian faith. I believe we can only become truly open to eternal love when we have the “eyes to … Read More