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

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

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

Living in Jesus Is Unity

John ArmstrongACT 3, Current Affairs, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, Sacraments, Spirituality, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church12 Comments

It is incredibly encouraging to read the moving words of Pope Francis on Christian unity that were given to a general audience last week at the Vatican. Yesterday, I asked how Pope Francis could speak of unity with various other Christians, especially evangelicals, when the Catholic Church confesses itself to be the one, true church. Today I offer my commentary … Read More

My Journey (4): First Communion

John ArmstrongDiscipleship, Personal, Sacraments, Spirituality, The Church

I will always remember several things about the church building that I worshiped in while I was growing up in Lebanon at First Baptist Church. First, I remember that the sanctuary seemed so large to me as a child when it was actually a medium-sized church. (Baptists called this place we gathered in the auditorium, so far as I remember. I … Read More

Should the Church Gather for the Unchurched?

John ArmstrongLiturgy, Sacraments, The Church

When I was in Phoenix in Arizona I met Rev. Matthew Marino. Matt is the Episcopal Canon of Arizona for Youth and Adult Ministries. He serves out of the diocesan office in Phoenix, where we met for the first time in November last year. We had a delightful time and connected very easily.  Matt has 30 years experience leading youth … Read More

I Am the Bread of Life

John ArmstrongJesus, Sacraments, The Church

One of the most transforming passages in the whole of Scripture is John 6. I have lived here for several years. There is no way for me to adequately explain how this text has worked its way into my soul but it has and there is no mistake about the spiritual reality.  I no longer "debate" the various ways that … Read More