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

Do You Want to Understand Others?

John ArmstrongBiblical Theology, Books, Current Affairs, Education, Faith9 Comments

Research released last week suggests that if you want to better equip people to understand others, and help their mental well-being, you should encourage them to put down their popular, commercial fiction and read more classic literary fiction. In a series of experiments, participants read a short passage, and then completed several tasks, including one in which they were encouraged … Read More

Are We Reading Less Because of the Rise of the Digital Generation?

John ArmstrongBooks, Culture, Current Affairs, Personal, Social Networking5 Comments

Will reading decline because of the digital revolution? Instinctively many (most?) of my generation thinks the correct answer is a resolute yes. But, as college football analyst Lee Corso often says, “Not so fast my friend!” We are dumbing down, or so the accepted line of argument goes, thus fewer and fewer books are now being sold. Libraries will soon … Read More

David & Goliath: Have We Misunderstood a Classic Biblical Story?

John ArmstrongBooks, Culture, Leadership, Psychology6 Comments

Popular author Malcolm Gladwell is one of the best-selling non-fiction writers of our time. His insights into how we think, make decisions and process complex data are intriguing to most who’ve read his books. He can be exasperating, however, when he glosses over big and important issues to make a central point, something that he does quite often. In his … Read More

Creating Out of a Deep Sense of the Transcendent

John ArmstrongACT 3, Books, Culture, Current Affairs, Leadership, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, The Church, The Future4 Comments

Author Robert Fritz, in his book The Path of Least Resistance, offers what the publisher calls “a revolutionary program for creating anything, from a functional kitchen to a computer program, to a work of art.” Fritz demonstrates that all of us have the innate power to create. Until I read his book I would have seriously doubted this particular claim … Read More

Why Should We Create? The Musings of a Missional-Ecumenist Filled with Hope

John ArmstrongACT 3, Books, Culture, Current Affairs, Leadership, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, The Church, The Future9 Comments

I’ve been attempting, over the last few days, to show how important it is to develop the ability to create as a pattern of life rather than simply living as a problem solver. This is particularly true with regard to my big, audacious, imaginative, and Spirit-driven, vision of missional-ecumenism. How can the church in general, and church leaders in particular, … Read More

Why Missional-Ecumenism Needs Creativity Not Problem Solving

John ArmstrongACT 3, Books, Leadership, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, The Church, The FutureLeave a Comment

Robert Fritz (b. 1943) divides his book on becoming a creative thinker, The Path of Least Resistance, into two parts. Part One deals with fundamental principles. Part Two with the creative process itself. Fritz’s central argument is that most people can “learn to create.” Given the words of the first of the two creation narratives in Genesis this point is, … Read More

Max Boot's "Twelve Articles" on Guerrilla Warfare and Terrorism

John ArmstrongBooks, History, Politics, Spiritual Warfare, The Future, The War on TerrorismLeave a Comment

Colonel Roger Trinquier (1961) said, “We . . . attack an enemy who is invisible, fluid, uncatchable.” Perhaps no statement included in Max Boot’s masterful history of guerrilla and terrorist warfare better sums up what we have faced since 9/11. Historian Max Boot concludes his massive tome on guerrilla and terrorist warfare with a postscript called: “The Lessons of Five … Read More