Pope Francis: The Great Reformer?

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

Over recent days I have been reading Austen Ivereigh’s new biography, The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2014). This is a magnificent book. It is clearly the best biography we have of this man, at least so far. The work is very engaging and looks carefully at the circumstances … 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

Lausanne Catholic Evangelical Conversation (Sep 11, 2014)

John ArmstrongACT 3, Current Affairs, Evangelism, Missional-Ecumenism, My Christian Unity Story, Personal, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church2 Comments

Today’s post includes the only public Lausanne Catholic-Evangelical Conversation meeting that we had in September. Twenty-six people, thirteen Catholics and thirteen Evangelicals, prayed, shared, discussed and debated (in the very best sense of a charitable debate). We learned from one another and some of the brightest moments were late at night in informal times. We agree we will meet again … Read More

Is This a New Era in Global Catholic-Evangelical Relationships?

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

Unless you follow the various meetings and events which impact global Christian ecumenism closely you may well have missed one of the more historic meetings that took place in 2014. On November 6, in Rome, Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe, secretary general of the World Evangelical Alliance, had a meeting with Pope Francis. This meeting included a group of dear friends who … Read More

Cardinal O’Malley: ‘If I were founding a Church, I’d love to have women priests’

John ArmstrongACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Current Affairs, Discipleship, Emergent Church, Evangelism, Faith, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church12 Comments

I was in Boston for three days last weekend working in a number of exciting missional-ecumenical contexts. Boston is best known, in terms of its Christian leadership, for the work of Cardinal Sean O’Malley. I pray for Cardinal O’Malley, a leader who represents Pope Francis and his vision as well as any American leader in the Catholic Church. Let me … Read More

Lausanne Catholic Evangelical Conversation

John ArmstrongACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Current Affairs, Evangelism, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, My Christian Unity Story, Personal, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church5 Comments

During the days of September 11-13, 2014, the second Lausanne Catholic-Evangelical Conversation took place at Mundelein Seminary in suburban Chicago. Twenty-six leaders, thirteen Catholics and thirteen evangelical Protestants, met to consider again what the Spirit is saying to us about a new “springtime” of unity in Christ’s mission. The rest of the conversation was private. A report of this private … Read More

A Gospel Call in Montreal (4)

John ArmstrongACT 3, Discipleship, Evangelism, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church2 Comments

The Gospel Call renewal event that I shared in Montreal two weeks ago has four specifically stated goals: To deepen our Christian sense of identity and solidarity with one another. To enable the co-sponsoring congregations to envision their mission differently. To identify concrete ways that congregations can act together in the future. To increase awareness of the biblical call to … Read More

A Gospel Call in Montreal (3)

John ArmstrongACT 3, Discipleship, Evangelism, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church1 Comment

The final Gospel Call worship celebration in Montreal (October 28) was the last large event that Fr. Ryan and I led together. This evening event was also the last of three preaching times. The focus was on the word “Sent.” Fr. Ryan and I again preached as a team, taking turns and both speaking for about five minutes and then stopping … Read More

A Gospel Call in Montreal (2)

John ArmstrongACT 3, Evangelism, Missional-Ecumenism, Protestantism, Renewal, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church5 Comments

The primary purpose of the Gospel Call mission that Fr. Thomas Ryan and I led in Montreal (October 25–29) was to celebrate the gains of Christian unity from the last fifty years and “take these gains to the pews.” For all the work done in ecumenism very little is actually being done to help specific churches and leaders build collaborative … 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