Alan Johnson on Missional-Ecumenism and ACT3

John ArmstrongACT 3, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, My Christian Unity Story, Personal, The Church, Unity of the Church4 Comments

One of the truly great blessings in my life is having friends who are older and wiser. Some of these dear friends were my professors when I was a student at Wheaton College (1969-71, B.A.) and (1971-73, M.A.). One such friend, Dr. Alan Johnson, taught me in several classes. A very memorable one was a class in apologetics. We met at 8:00 a.m. three times a week. I sat on the front row asking many, many questions. (By the way, one of Alan’s TA’s some years later was Michael Gerson, the well-known speech writer and adviser to President George W. Bush.)

I was engaged in direct evangelism with students at Northern Illinois University when I took Alan’s course in apologetics. This was the early 1970s and there were lots of questions. Dr. Johnson was a great source for me at the time. I really soaked up his class.

In 2010 Alan edited a great book, 41A+OXABEhL._AA160_How I Changed My Mind About Women in Leadership: Compelling Stories from Prominent Evangelicals (Zondervan). I did Chapter One, not because it is a great chapter but because my last name put me first in the alphabetical order of the essays. (I sometimes loved being asked a question first in class and sometimes I wished my name began with W or Y.)

Today and tomorrow Alan Johnson speaks about missional-ecumenism and our ACT3 ministry. He has been a great advocate, donor and consultant to me since we began this work in 1991.


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