Celebrating the Martyrdom of John Hus 600 Years Later

John ArmstrongChurch History, Current Affairs, Missional-Ecumenism, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future11 Comments

Monday, July 6, marked the 600th anniversary of the martyrdom of John Hus. Hus, the great Bohemian reformer, prophesied in his death that God would raise up another reformer who would carry on what he began, a reference that fits Martin Luther to the letter. (We celebrate the 500th anniversary of Luther’s “Ninety-five Theses” in 2017!) John Hus, known as … Read More

A Film Series on the Protestant Reformation

John ArmstrongACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Church History, Church Tradition, Current Affairs, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, Protestantism, Reformed Christianity, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church10 Comments

Two weeks ago I did a three-and-a-half hour video session in Souderton, Pennsylvania. I sat down with Vision Video, one of the premier Christian video production companies in the world. I had a profoundly enjoyable experience and hope that the time I invested in a forthcoming project will bear much fruit. Vision Video is making and producing a three-hour series … Read More

Christianity East & West: An Evangelical Protestant and Eastern Orthodox Dialog (Video)

John ArmstrongACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Missional-Ecumenism, Orthodoxy, Protestantism, The Church, Unity of the Church5 Comments

Several years ago ACT3 staged a dialogue on unity and diversity between two Orthodox theologians and two Protestant evangelical theologians. This Sunday evening event was hosted by First Presbyterian Church of Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Greetings were given by Fr. Wilbur Ellsworth, an Orthodox priest who served as chairman of the ACT3 board for a number of years. I moderated the … Read More

The Lord’s Supper: A Roman Catholic and Reformed Evangelical Dialog (Video)

John ArmstrongACT 3, Biblical Theology, Church Tradition, Missional-Ecumenism, My Christian Unity Story, Personal, Protestantism, Reformed Christianity, Roman Catholicism, Sacraments, The Church18 Comments

Who should participate in the Lord’s Supper? How frequently should we observe it? What does this meal mean? What happens when we eat the bread and drink from the cup? What do Christians disagree about and what do they hold in common? These and other questions are explored in my book, Understanding Four Views of the Lord’s Supper. This volume in … Read More

From John F. Kennedy to John Kerry: Evangelicalism’s Shifting Position on the Catholic Church

John ArmstrongACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Current Affairs, Missional-Ecumenism, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church8 Comments

Currently, at First Things magazine, Dr. Timothy George, Fr. Thomas Guarino and Dr. Carl Trueman are posting reflections on the ecumenical working group Evangelicals and Catholics Together (ECT) in light of their twenty years of existence (see http://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2015/03/evangelicals-and-catholics-togethertwenty-years-later). The creation and success of ECT was made possible due to a larger shift in evangelical perceptions of Catholicism that had occurred over the course of about … Read More

A Short Documentary: The ACT3 Conversation on Christian Unity

John ArmstrongACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Current Affairs, Evangelism, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church3 Comments

Last Monday (February 23) I reported to you about the ACT3 Network Conversation on Christian Unity that I conducted with Fr. Robert Barron on Monday, February 9, at St. Procopius Abbey in Lisle, Illinois. One of the very best ways to see and feel such an event is to watch a documentary-style report. Our ACT3 videographer, Tim Frakes, once again made … Read More

An Evening for Ecumenical Conversation @ St. Procopius Abbey

John ArmstrongACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Biblical Theology, Love, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, The Church, Unity of the ChurchLeave a Comment

On Monday, February 9, St. Procopius Abbey (Lisle, IL) hosted a wonderful evening gathering dedicated to Catholic-Evangelical ecumenism. Several hundred guests, representing scores of Catholic and Protestant parishes throughout the Chicago area, gathered to listen to two long-time friends engage in a ninety-minute conversation about Christian unity. Taking their cue from the current actions, and written initiatives, of Pope Francis … Read More

The Roman Catholic and Evangelical Dialogue: Reflections on Ecumenism for the 21st Century (Video)

John ArmstrongACT 3, Missional-Ecumenism, My Christian Unity Story, Personal, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, The Church, Unity of the Church8 Comments

The resource that we provide today is “old” but still quite useful. This dialogue took place some years ago at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. There is much here to glean but this is very long. It runs ten minutes short of two hours so only those who really enjoy this kind of dialogue will watch it in full. … Read More

Chris Castaldo on Christian Unity

John ArmstrongACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Love, Missional-Ecumenism, My Christian Unity Story, Personal, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church10 Comments

Today I post a great video clip on unity by my friend, Dr. Chris Castaldo. Chris formerly served at the Billy Graham Center and recently became the lead pastor of New Covenant Church in Naperville, Illinois. Chris shares my vision very deeply yet he comes at the particular issues from a very different background and context. What makes our partnership … Read More

The Lausanne Catholic-Evangelical Conversation 2014 (2)

John ArmstrongACT 3, Evangelism, Friendship, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church4 Comments

During the days of September 11-13, 2014, twenty-six people from Catholic and evangelical churches gathered to build relationships for the sake of Christ’s mission. Yesterday I shared the first portion of our report. Today I share the second part of our document.   Relationships for the Sake of the Mission The 2014 Lausanne Catholic-Evangelical Conversation Part Two Nate Bacon suggested … Read More