Learning from Lord Mackay: The Role of Two Kingdoms in the Christian Public Life

John ArmstrongBooks, Church Tradition, Culture, Current AffairsLeave a Comment

I am regularly asked to review books. I have the far too little time to undertake most of these requests. But such is the opportunity of authors who have many friends who are also authors. When I can, and if the subject of the book interests me, I try to read my friends’ books and write short reviews. Thus I … Read More

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

Chalking Our Home at Epiphany?

John ArmstrongAdvent, Biblical Theology, Church History, Church Tradition, Current Affairs, Immigration, Love, Personal, The Church, The Persecuted ChurchLeave a Comment

I confess that until recently I had never heard of the ancient Christian custom of chalking the door. (Some say it began in Bavaria.) This custom is an Epiphanytide tradition that is either celebrated on the eve of Epiphany, or on the Sunday of Epiphany (today). The purpose is to bless one’s home. The tradition is still practiced by many Anglicans, … Read More

Live the Life You Imagined

John ArmstrongFriendship, PersonalLeave a Comment

The famous Henry David Thoreau wrote: Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.   That’s not a biblical way of putting it but it is a good way to lay hold of God’s love and purpose for your life. I will soon by sixty-nine years old. I can now confidently say that I … Read More

The Document of the Origins of Jesus of Nazareth

John ArmstrongAdvent, Biblical Theology, Christ/Christology, Kingdom of GodLeave a Comment

Matthew’s Gospel has always caused modern readers some consternation when they read the first chapter. Why is this long “genealogy” put here at the beginning of the first Gospel? I prefer to first think of this list of names here in terms of what is clearly said in the first verse, Jesus is “the son of David, son of Abraham.” … Read More

Joseph’s Utterly Unique Vocation

John ArmstrongAdvent, Discipleship, JesusLeave a Comment

The late philosopher and atheist Jean Paul Sartre one wrote a Christmas play called Bariona. In this play he tries to imagine Joseph in Bethlehem, and writes: “He [Joseph] feels himself slightly out of it. He suffers because he sees how much this woman whom he loves resembles God; how she is already at the side of God. For God … Read More

Living My Way Into the Life of the Trinity

John ArmstrongChrist/Christology, Contemplation, Discipleship, Forgiveness, God's Character, Jesus, Love, Personal, Prayer, Scripture, The TrinityLeave a Comment

No truth is (perhaps) more complex than that of the Trinity, one God in three persons. But I am persuaded that no truth is more central to living well as a follower of Christ. The Trinity is not a debate, at least for me. It is revealed yet it is a stunning mystery. A professor, playing on an earlier line, … Read More

Hearts and Minds Book Notes

John ArmstrongACT 3, Biblical Theology, BooksLeave a Comment

One of my good friends is Byron Borger, the owner/manager of Hearts and Minds Books in Pennsylvania. Byron regularly prepares a great review of a wide array of books. I encourage you to read his reviews (which you can get by email) and buy books from him. Yes, you can buy books for a larger discount at Amazon but Byron … Read More