Deacons & Service (A Guest Article)

John ArmstrongChurch History, Civil Rights, Culture, Current Affairs, Discipleship, Love, Spirituality, The ChurchLeave a Comment

Deacons & Service Roy Hill II As a deacon, my desire with this writing is to objectively address the spiritual and biblical reality that being a deacon, a servant, is a priceless service-opportunity available to people in different walks of life.  I acknowledge challenges to engaging this opportunity.  And I encourage knowing that we can overcome the challenges which may … Read More

“I tweet, therefore I am!”

John ArmstrongAdvent, Books, Friendship, Love, SpiritualityLeave a Comment

It seems difficult to imagine, but there was once a time when human beings did not feel the need to share every waking moment with hundreds of millions, even billions, of complete and utter strangers. If one went to a shopping mall to purchase an article of clothing, one did not post minute-by-minute details on a social networking site; and if one … Read More

Should Ecclesiastes Be in the Biblical Canon?

John ArmstrongBiblical Theology, Current Affairs, God's Character, History, Spirituality24 Comments

My question will likely startle some. It seems obvious to others. Count me among the latter group. I have read the book many, many times but it has never seemed clearly apparent to me that it belongs, even among the books that we call the “wisdom literature.” I recently read Ecclesiastes again, this time in The Message. Same question: Why … Read More

The Life and Last Days of a Saint: Dr. Ben Campbell Johnson

John ArmstrongEvangelism, Love, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, Spirituality13 Comments

Dr. Ben Campbell Johnson, a Presbyterian minister, and author, served as Professor of Evangelism and Director of Spirituality at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia (1981-2000). Since his retirement at CTS Ben has been a professor emeritus and taught many classes, written more books, and touched countless lives. I read several Ben Johnson books decades ago. Several of his better books are … Read More

A Swedish House Church Movement of Revival

John ArmstrongCharismatic Christianity, Church History, Pietism, Protestantism, Reformed Christianity, Renewal, Spirituality, The Church9 Comments

Pietism produced many expressions and forms. In the end, Pietism was a rival/renewal movement in the centuries following the Reformed and Lutheran Reformations of the sixteenth century. I personally believe the post-Reformation produced a new type of scholasticism that help to reduce the flame of reformation to a flicker. Pietism is quite often seen by modern Reformed and Lutheran confessional … Read More

Was Pietism an Expression of an Early Pentecostal Movement?

John ArmstrongACT 3, Charismatic Christianity, Pietism, Renewal, Spirituality, The Church11 Comments

The Assemblies of God maintains an official heritage center called the Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center (FPHC) in Springfield, Missouri. Dr. Darrin Rodgers is the director of the Flower Center. In this video he addresses the important question of the relationship of the Pentecostal renewal in the last century with the movement of Pietism in the post-Reformation era. It strikes me that honest historical … Read More

Does What We Sing Matter to the Faith of the Church?

John ArmstrongACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Liturgy, Music, Personal, Prayer, Protestantism, Renewal, Spirituality19 Comments

Since the 1970s we have had a raging debate about singing and music in the church. This debate has often come down to “traditional” music, or (old) hymns, versus “modern,” or popular music. The real truth is that the great influence on church music has been a combination of the charismatic influence, much of which is good in directing our … Read More