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

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

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

An ACT3 Interview with Dr. Norberto Saracco

John ArmstrongACT 3, Current Affairs, Evangelism, Gospel/Good News, Missional-Ecumenism, My Christian Unity Story, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church3 Comments

Dr. Norberto Saracco is the senior pastor of a very large church in Buenos Aires. He is also the president of a seminary with 8,000 students. Norberto has also been actively involved in the Lausanne Movement for many years. Norberto and I met through the Lausanne Catholic-Evangelical Conversation, which I have led for several years now. He has attended both … Read More

The Most Memorable Reformation Sunday in My Life

John ArmstrongACT 3, Gospel/Good News, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, Protestantism, Reformed Christianity, Renewal, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church39 Comments

October 26, 2014, was a day that dawned with profound joy in my soul. I shall never forget it as long as I live. It began with personal morning prayer in a guest home in Montreal. I was in this great city to do my first Gospel Call mission with Fr. Thomas Ryan, CSP. Tom directs the ministry of ecumenism … Read More

Christian Unity Week @ Judson University, Part Two

John ArmstrongACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Current Affairs, Discipleship, Evangelism, Gospel/Good News, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, Roman Catholicism, The Church, Unity of the Church7 Comments

On Wednesday, October 8, I introduced Fr. Thomas Baima to the Judson University community. I do not know if Judson has ever had a Roman Catholic priest speak as a primary preacher in their chapel but on this gorgeous fall day it happened. The anticipation and prayer was palpable to me. A lot had gone into this service behind the … Read More

Same-Sex Marriage Dividing a Local Parish

John ArmstrongCulture, Current Affairs, Discipleship, Ethics, Gospel/Good News, Homosexuality, Missional Church, Personal, Renewal, Roman Catholicism, Sexuality, The Church, The Future29 Comments

On the same day that I read the Associated Press report that I referenced yesterday regarding the new Pew Research about same-sex marriage there was another report from Great Falls, Montana. This story struck me as one filled with profound pain and difficulty. Roman Catholic Bishop Michael Warfel of the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings conducted a meeting with about 300 … Read More