How Prayer is Fed By A Right Perspective on the Last Day

John ArmstrongBiblical Theology

I preached this morning at First Reformed Church in South Holland, Illinois. My text was Philippians 1:1-11. I tried to show how Paul’s expression of prayer and thanks for the church at Philippi was deeply grounded in his theology of hope, which itself is profoundly connected to how he understands the day of Christ. I argued that American evangelicalism has … Read More

What We Do Really Matters

John ArmstrongBiblical Theology

What we do in this life truly matters. Many Christians live and act as if this were not so. Somehow we have so severed faith from real life that we have millions of evangelicals who now insist that they are Christians based upon a once-in-time decision. This must be one reason why we see the high numbers of evangelicals in … Read More

"I Was in Prison"

John ArmstrongBiblical Theology

In the great discourse regarding the separation of the sheep and the goats found in Matthew 25:31-46 Jesus refers to the kinds of actions, done in obediential faith that works through love, that demonstrates those who truly love him and those who do not. I have heard a dozen different ways of explaining, or explaining away, these verses over the … Read More

Mark's Kingdom Theology

John ArmstrongBiblical Theology

Yesterday I noted that the kingdom of God is "the big idea" of the Bible, especially in the Gospels. I referred to Matthew’s Gospel in that January 9 blog. Today I want to refer to Mark. The center of the Gospel of Mark is clearly the cross. In the early chapters we see the disciples trying to grasp who Jesus … Read More

The Kingdom of God

John ArmstrongBiblical Theology

We sometime miss "the big idea" when we read a piece of literature. This is no less true of our reading of the Bible. It seems to me that the big idea of the Bible, especially of the New Testament, is the kingdom of God. God’s rule and reign is supreme. All things are created by him and thus all … Read More

How Shall We Understand the Apocalypse?

John ArmstrongBiblical Theology

When it comes to interpreting the Book of Revelation, and all the predictions of the end of the world, the commentator ended the one-hour program by saying: “You only have to be right once.” With these final words a brilliantly scripted National Geographic Channel one-hour presentation on the Apocalypse ended last evening at 10 p.m. CST. The whole program must … Read More

How Important is Propositional Truth?

John ArmstrongBiblical Theology

Yesterday I gave a lecture and led a discussion at a seminar that was part of Imagine, a renewal conference event at Arcade Church in Sacramento, California. My session was on the emerging generation and missional church thinking. I made reference to the notion that "propositional truth" was an unhelpful category distinction for expressing what we mean by biblical truth. … Read More

Getting Regeneration and Conversion Right

John ArmstrongBiblical Theology

A common evangelical mistake is to make regeneration synonmous with initial spiritual birth and thereby to deny that it has anything at all to do with the process by which the Holy Spirit works to consummate what he begins through initial salvation. The same mistake is made with regard to misunderstanding conversion. Conversion is often seen as synonmous with the … Read More

Waiting Impatiently in Patience

John ArmstrongBiblical Theology

Besides being a baseball fan, which is well known to regular readers of this site, I also love college football. Afterall, I was a student at the University of Alabama from 1967-1969 and witnessed the famous Bear Bryant’s amazing career first hand. To say that I, and the rest of Bama Nation, enjoy an 8-0 start to this season, and … Read More

Some Perspective on the New Perspective

John ArmstrongBiblical Theology

I have professor friend, who teaches biblical studies at a large evangelical college, who last week presented a paper at an event called "Beyond Tolerance: Grace." This event brought together several speakers and allowed for some really good feedback from students and others. My friend stressed in his particular paper that racial reconciliation, in the light of Ephesians 2, Galatians … Read More