How Could Tyranny Destroy Our Democracy?

John ArmstrongAmerica and Americanism, American Evangelicalism, Books, Culture, Current Affairs, Free Speech, Freedom, History, Ideology, Philosophy, Politics, Pope Francis, The FutureLeave a Comment

Political scientists and historians are increasingly expressing profound concerns about the future of democracy in the West. I have been asking, as an amateur historian of America, “How and why do democracies die?” The study of democratic backsliding, though around for a long time, is becoming more urgent as we watch events unfold so rapidly it creates deep concern in … Read More

Do Not Confuse Your Plans with God’s

John ArmstrongAmerica and Americanism, American Evangelicalism, Biblical Theology, Culture, Current Affairs, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, Politics, Religion, Renewal, The Future1 Comment

One of the most persistent problems I face, as both a Christian thinker and leader, is to confuse my plans with God’s plans. I seek God, I pray, and I read widely and study a great deal. I often see a clear way forward, at least sometimes. I sometimes feel quite sure I know what God wants. But my plans … Read More

The ACT3 Cohort for 2017-18

John ArmstrongACT 3, Media, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, The Church, The Future, Unity of the ChurchLeave a Comment

The most important personal work I do is mentoring and preparing new leaders for missional-ecumenism. This work is high demand and high reward ministry, for both me and those who enlist. Our next group begins in March of 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. Information is on our website. Here is a video which shows you how the ACT3 Cohort works. It changes … Read More

Our Population Decrease and Missional-Ecumenism

John ArmstrongCulture, Current Affairs, Missional-Ecumenism, The Church, The Future2 Comments

Population growth in the United States is slowing each year. It reached its lowest rate since the Great Depression in 2015-16. Demographers say that this slow growth is largely due to the aging of our population. But immigration growth is also declining, though during the past three years our levels of immigration have grown for the first time since the … Read More

The ACT3 Cohort Group Begins Monday, May 23

John ArmstrongACT 3, Discipleship, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church5 Comments

On Monday, May 23, the next ACT3 Cohort begins in Carol Stream, IL. We meet in the beautiful garden room at Windsor Park on Rt. 64. If you are interested in being a participant in this dynamic group you need to decide in the next ten days or so. This will be the best multi-denominational and multi-ethnic group I’ve had … Read More

The 110th Birthday of One of the Greatest Christians of the Last Century

John ArmstrongAmerica and Americanism, American Evangelicalism, Church Tradition, Current Affairs, Israel, Lordship of Christ, The Church, The Future29 Comments

Today, February 4, is the 110th birthday of the German pastor, theologian and martyr, Dietrich Bonhoeffer. When I arrived at Wheaton College, as a transfer student in January of 1969, one of the first great joys I experienced was finding the story of Bonhoeffer for the first time. The classic book, The Cost of Discipleship, was my introduction. Later I … Read More

Ecumenism and Interfaith Harmony: What’s the Difference?

John ArmstrongACT 3, Interfaith Relations and Dialogue, Islam, The Church, The Future9 Comments

We have just come out of the January 18-25 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, and are heading into the February 1-7 Interfaith Harmony Week put in the calendar for annual observance in 2010 by the General Assembly of the United Nations. How are the two different? The question is real in the minds of many. During the Week of … Read More

ACT3 Network and Social Media

John ArmstrongACT 3, Social Networking, The Church, The Future5 Comments

I work regularly with a leadership consultant who is lending help to me so that ACT3 Network can better use the social media. While I continue to major on face-to-face friendships and growing relationships I believe the social media can both supplement and help such friendships I also believe it can establish the basis for such a friendship. The social … Read More

National Workshop on Christian Unity

John ArmstrongACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Current Affairs, Missional-Ecumenism, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church4 Comments

Since 1963 the National Workshop on Christian Unity (NWCU) has met in a designated city in the United States. It began when a group of Roman Catholics, in the context of Vatican II, met to equip local leadership for the task of ecumenical ministry. In 1969, they invited leaders of other Christian communions to join, and today the national ecumenical officers of … Read More