ISIS and the Importance of Christian-Muslim Relations in the US (Guest Blog)

John ArmstrongAmerica and Americanism, Current Affairs, Freedom, Friendship, Interfaith Relations and Dialogue, Religion, The Future7 Comments

The recent 9/11 anniversary of the attacks on the Twin Towers in Manhattan and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. also brought with it, especially in light of the present actions of ISIS/ISIL , memories of the backlash against Muslim and even Sikh communities on our own continent. Those memories underline how important it is to build relationships with people of … Read More

July 4 – Enjoying Freedom With Caution

John ArmstrongAmerica and Americanism, Freedom, Personal11 Comments

I love my country. I believe that true patriotic love for one’s home and nation is a wonderful emotion. I am troubled, however, by a continual insistence that a certain ideology is tantamount to true patriotism. This ideology grows stronger the more polarized we become in our public life. This ideology is also antithetical to the kingdom of Christ yet … Read More

The Legacy of Howard Baker, Jr. (1925-2014)

John ArmstrongAmerica and Americanism, Culture, Current Affairs, Personal, Politics12 Comments

The funeral of one of the finest public servants in my lifetime will be held this morning in a small Presbyterian Church in the tiny East Tennessee town of Huntsville. When I first heard of Senator Howard Baker’s passing last week I felt more than a usual measure of sadness about the death of a well-known American. Baker, the former … Read More

Sex Trafficking in the United States: Do You Know The Problem?

John ArmstrongAmerica and Americanism, Culture, Current Affairs, Sexuality7 Comments

I confess that I knew something about global sex-trafficking. I did not realize that this problem was an issue within the United States. This video stunned me and makes me want to see the whole movie when it is released. It challenges us to pray, get involved, get more information and do something to save lives wherever possible. I will … Read More

Jefferson and Hamilton: The Greatest American Rivalry

John ArmstrongAmerica and Americanism, Books, History, Politics17 Comments

John Ferling, professor emeritus of history at the University of West Georgia, is a wonderful writer of history and biography. I know his name through his evocative treatments of major figures in early American history. His special interest has always been the War of Independence, and the more prominent figures of early American history. He has done it again in … Read More

The War on Poverty Fifty Years Later

John ArmstrongAmerica and Americanism, Current Affairs, Economy/Economics, Poverty10 Comments

Fifty years today (January 8, 1964), in his first State of the Union address, President Lyndon Johnson proposed a piece of legislation that came to be known as the “War on Poverty.” This legislation was proposed by the president in response to a national poverty rate that had reached around nineteen percent. The speech led the U.S. Congress to pass the Economic Opportunity Act, which … Read More

What Shall We Make of JFK and His Presidency?

John ArmstrongAmerica and Americanism, Books, Culture, Current Affairs, Personal, Politics, The FutureLeave a Comment

After writing my Friday blog (11/22/13) about the day that President Kennedy was killed fifty years ago (November 22, 1963), and the impact this had on my life since that fateful day, I have continued to reflect on a myriad of public responses to the assassination. In fact, I have been processing these kinds of responses ever since my college … Read More

The Moment That Changed America: My LIfe Fifty Years Later

John ArmstrongAmerica and Americanism, Culture, Current Affairs, Death, History, Personal, Politics, Television, The Future4 Comments

TIME magazine’s November 25 (2013) cover story says it as well as any single storyline I’ve read the last two weeks: “The Moment That Changed America.” That moment, the assassination of our 35th president, John F. Kennedy, occurred fifty years ago today at 12:30 p.m. CST in Dallas, Texas. If you were alive at the time, and old enough to … Read More

Waiting for Another MLK – What Can We Do As Christians?

John ArmstrongACT 3, America and Americanism, Current Affairs, Film, Gospel/Good News, Kingdom of God, Missional Church, Race and Racism, The Church, The FutureLeave a Comment

My good friend Rev. Carlos Malave, the executive director of Christian Churches Together USA, shared a lovely meal with me in Louisville just a few weeks ago. Carlos was raised in the Seventh Day Adventist church but eventually became a Presbyterian minister. He was drawn to ecumenism while a student at Fuller Theological Seminary, where he was influenced by another … Read More

Three Films on Race and Racism That Will Help Us as Christians

John ArmstrongAmerica and Americanism, Civil Rights, Culture, Current Affairs, Film, Race and Racism, The Church, The Future5 Comments

Seeing popular movies will never change your heart at the deepest level. Yet movies are a powerful art form that can reach into your human heart and this power can deeply impact us, both personally and corporately. I believe 12 Years a Slave does this as well as any movie about race that I have ever seen. Indeed, it is … Read More