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

Live the Life You Imagined

John ArmstrongFriendship, PersonalLeave a Comment

The famous Henry David Thoreau wrote: Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.   That’s not a biblical way of putting it but it is a good way to lay hold of God’s love and purpose for your life. I will soon by sixty-nine years old. I can now confidently say that I … Read More

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

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

Pondering the Syrian Context on the Day After Our Nation Launched Fifty Tomahawk Missiles

John ArmstrongAmerica and Americanism, Current Affairs, Personal, Politics, Pope Francis, The Church, The War on Terrorism2 Comments

Late late night I read the first news reports of our president’s authorization of the launch of fifty missiles on Syrian air bases. (He warned the Russians in advance so their soldiers would leave, wanting to avoid a direct conflict with Russia.) It appears this morning that we hit military targets and human casualties will be small, perhaps even none. … Read More

Breach of Trust: Has Our U.S. Policy Lost Its Way?

John ArmstrongAmerica and Americanism, Current Affairs, Freedom, Personal1 Comment

Our American commitment to perpetual war now seems fairly self-evident. We have been engaged in some kind of military conflict, almost without significant pause, since the end of the Vietnam War. Our current military action in Iraq and Afghanistan (and the wider Middle East) is nearing fifteen years and there is virtually no reason to see a real (final) end … Read More

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017 in Atlanta

John ArmstrongACT 3, Current Affairs, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, The Church, Unity of the ChurchLeave a Comment

Last Tuesday evening, January 24, I preached a sermon on reconciliation (1 Corinthians 5:14-20) at the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity service at Emory University in Atlanta. I shared this program with leaders from across much of the Christian tradition. The event was inspiring and deeply Christ centered. The Archdiocese of Atlanta made a video about the evening which … Read More