Reading Maya Angelou

John ArmstrongBooks, Civil Rights, Culture, Current Affairs, Freedom, History, Marriage & Family, Personal, Race and Racism6 Comments

I owe a debt of profound gratitude to my friend Vill Harmon (second from left in this photo with my good friends and two ACT3 board members). Vill is the secretary in the office of Ecumenical and Interreligious for the Archdiocese of Chicago. In July (2015) Vill and I shared a conversation about our background, especially in terms of race … Read More

Chicago’s Archbishop Cupich’s Response to the Supreme Court’s Ruling

John ArmstrongACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Church Tradition, Culture, Current Affairs, Homosexuality, Marriage & Family, Politics, Roman Catholicism, Sacraments, The Church, The Future35 Comments

In my post yesterday I referenced the response of some conservative Christian ministers and leaders to the Supreme Court ruling on marriage announced last week. A Chicago news report noted that Archbishop Blasé J. Cupich, on Sunday, July 5, urged Chicago’s Catholics to adopt “mature and serene reflections as we move forward together.” Cupich noted that the Court’s decision had … Read More

How Should Christians Respond to the Supreme Court’s Ruling on Marriage?

John ArmstrongACT 3, Current Affairs, Marriage & Family, Missional-Ecumenism, Sexuality, The Church, The Future31 Comments

Readers of this blog range across a wide-spectrum of Christian believers. Some readers favor same-sex marriage and (very likely) most do not. While I do not advocate for same-sex marriage, based upon my understanding of marriage primarily (not sexuality), I believe the church has lost its way in regard to mission and purpose. This is why the Christian response to this court … Read More

Are We Ignoring Domestic Violence?

John ArmstrongCulture, Current Affairs, Marriage & Family, The Church9 Comments

The growing problem of domestic violence has come under profound scrutiny in recent months because the problem has surfaced quite often in the world of professional sports. Sports Illustrated, which has a great knack for solid journalism and good writing, has done some remarkably insightful reporting on the problem in several recent issues. In the April 13, 2015, issue of Sports … Read More

Facebook & Twitter: My Life Course Corrections (2 of 2)

John ArmstrongACT 3, Current Affairs, Friendship, Leadership, Love, Marriage & Family, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, My Christian Unity Story, Personal, Renewal, The Christian Minister/Ministry, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church, Web/Tech, Weblogs13 Comments

Yesterday I wrote about my personal journey in using the social media. In particular I wrote about Facebook and Twitter. I am not an expert on these media resources by any stretch. I do know how they have impacted my personal life. As a result of reflecting upon these social media resources I shared in that previous blog post how … Read More

Has the Political Support for Same-Sex Marriage Leveled Off?

John ArmstrongCurrent Affairs, Ethics, Homosexuality, Marriage & Family, Missional Church, Politics, Religion, The Church, The Future6 Comments

Has American political support for same-sex marriage leveled off in recent months? A recent Pew Research Center poll says: “Yes.” After years of continual and dramatic growth for the support of same-sex marriage this growth may have slowed, if not stopped. The poll’s authors caution that it is too soon to make definitive conclusions about this new data. To give … Read More

S. Truett Cathy: RIP – What Can the Church Learn from the Same-Sex Debate?

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Culture, Current Affairs, Evangelism, Gospel/Good News, Love, Marriage & Family, Missional Church, Personal, Politics, Roman Catholicism, Sacraments, The Future15 Comments

Last Thursday I noted the passing of the controversial Irish Presbyterian minister, Rev. Ian Paisley. In the same Sunday newspaper (September 14) there was also mention of the passing, at the age of 93, of S. Truett Cathy. Cathy, as many will know by the mention of his name, is the founder and billionaire who built the famous restaurant chain, Chick-fil-A. The … Read More

Divorce, Remarriage and the Insights of Deep Ecumenism

John ArmstrongMarriage & Family, Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism, Sacraments, The Church, The Future12 Comments

One of the enduring problems that all churches face is how to deal with the moral and ecclesial questions related to divorce and remarriage. The most obvious difficulties have ensued in the Catholic Church due to its interpretation of Matthew 19 as a prohibition against all divorce. Here Jesus very clearly speaks about divorce but the understanding of this text … Read More

“Crips and Bloods: Made in America” – A Disturbing Film That Needs to Be Seen

John ArmstrongCulture, Current Affairs, Death, Marriage & Family, Poverty, Race and Racism1 Comment

The first image that you see, in the opening scenes of Stacy Peralta’s powerful documentary, “Crips and Bloods: Made in America,” is the central Los Angeles skyline turned upside down. I was enraptured with this image and thus was immediately taken into this urban scene in a unique visual way. It is both striking and unnerving. With this image of … Read More