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

Two Modern Films That Define Us as Americans, Part Two

John ArmstrongAmerica and Americanism, American Evangelicalism, Culture, Current Affairs, Immigration, Personal, Politics, Poverty, Race and Racism, The Church, The Future, The War on Terrorism20 Comments

In complete contrast with American Sniper the new film McFarland USA is a Disney movie. It is also based on a true story. It is an against-all-odds story of the 1987 McFarland high school cross country team in an economically challenged community in the central valley of California. Some reviewers think the film is “corny” and hopelessly romanticized. I found it … Read More

Two Modern Films That Define Us as Americans, Part One

John ArmstrongAmerica and Americanism, American Evangelicalism, Film, Immigration, The Church, The War on Terrorism20 Comments

I have not reviewed a movie here for many months, maybe for a year or more. I am not sure why this is true. I simply lost interest in film reviews I suppose. I’ve also seen some fairly bad movies in the last year. I think the Academy nominees for this year included some of the weakest films and performances … Read More

FDR's Holocaust Legacy – A Lesson in the Failure of Moral Courage

John ArmstrongAmerica and Americanism, Culture, Ethics, History, Immigration, Israel, Politics

President Franklin D. Roosevelt was, and still is, one of most admired and esteemed presidents in American history. I grew up hearing a lot of good things about FDR. I also heard some bad things from those who felt the “New Deal” created the modern welfare system with all its contested problems. One thing is certain, FDR’s name was esteemed … Read More

Overregulation Cuts Across Both Parties: The Real Danger of Xenophobia

John ArmstrongAmerica and Americanism, Current Affairs, Immigration, Politics

Republicans routinely criticize the Obama administration for overregulation. I believe this criticism is just in many instances. It is interesting to see this administration back away from a whole host of regulations in the present recession because they realize (pragmatically) they cannot defend these and be re-elected in this bad economy. But the Republicans are sometimes guilty of the same … Read More

Chicago Events on Immigration and the Church

John ArmstrongImmigration

Dr. Richard Land, head of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, will be giving a talk at Wheaton College on the evening of Wednesday, March 2, discussing “A Moral and Just Response to the Immigration Crisis.”  Dr. Land, who leads the public policy arm of the largest evangelical denomination in the U.S., was named by … Read More

Taking a Step Backwards

John ArmstrongAmerica and Americanism, Current Affairs, Immigration, Politics

The debate about Arizona’s law on immigration continues as the decision heads toward a federal appeals ruling in November. I keep looking for balanced and compassionate ways to address this problem that so clearly divides Christians and the nation. (One poll says the majority of Americans favor the Arizona law!) With this in mind I recently read the opinion piece … Read More

Our Immigration Policy Is Broken

John ArmstrongCurrent Affairs, Immigration

I have written a few posts over the last months about immigration. The more I study this issue the more convinced I am that our policy is completely broken. Can anyone seriously doubt this conclusion? The problem is no one has offered a solution that can gain the bipartisan support needed to solve the problem. The White House and Governor … Read More

Welcoming the Stranger : A Church Leaders’ Conversation on Immigration

John ArmstrongImmigration

One of the most complicated issues the church faces today is immigration. Is it legal for your church to minister to immigrants without legal status? And, what is the biblical response to the immigration debate? This thorny issue will be the subject of a wonderful event only three minutes from my home on August 12. This event will feature a … Read More

Loving Your Neighbors or Dividing the Church: The Immigration Issue in a Missional-Ecumenical Context

John ArmstrongImmigration, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, The Church, Unity of the Church

I have written a good deal about the present immigration debate. I will continue to write about it because it resonates so deeply with faith and Christian mission. I would be willing to argue that no issue, at least one that presently concerns so many American Christians, has more direct bearing on missional-ecumenism than this one. I further believe that … Read More