The Seven Last Words of Christ – The Franz Joseph Haydn Symphony

John ArmstrongChrist/Christology, Death, Music, Personal5 Comments

Millions of Christians around the world will hear the “Seven Last Words of Christ” over the next twenty-four to thirty-six hours. I heard them this week and understood them in a wholly different way. While I have participated in a number of contexts in which these words of Christ have been read, sung and even preached, this week I experienced … Read More

God’s Plan of Salvation Is One

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Biblical Theology, Christ/Christology, God's Character, Gospel/Good News, The Church12 Comments

The cornerstone of the Christian faith is expressed in the Shema. In Hebrew the text of the Shema is only six words, but in English it reads: “Hear, Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One.” The Shema is said at least twice daily by observant Jews. It is the first portion of Scripture that a Jewish child … Read More

The Cross of Christ & the Love of God – What Saves Us?

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Biblical Theology, Christ/Christology, Jesus, Liturgy, Love, Orthodoxy, Personal31 Comments

I am currently writing a book on love, both God’s love and our love. In writing the first half of my book I have sought to deal with the cross. I do not know how you can talk about God’s love and not go to the cross. Every reader of the New Testament can readily see that the cross is … Read More

A Humble Conversation with a Christian Science Practitioner About Jesus

John ArmstrongACT 3, Christ/Christology, Church History, Current Affairs, Friendship, Missional-Ecumenism, The Church24 Comments

One of those opportunities that I am afforded because of my mission in ecumenism is rich dialogue with people from many diverse backgrounds. Last fall I spoke to the North American Academy on Ecumenists, which met in Chicago. I delivered a paper about evangelical Protestantism and the new opportunities and models for ecumenism that are evolving in our world. This … Read More

The Priority of Christ, Part Two

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Biblical Theology, Christ/Christology, Jesus, Lordship of Christ, The Church22 Comments

One of my deepest concern for Christians today, expressed in my post yesterday, is not widely shared by many in the North American church, whether Catholic or Protestant, mainline or evangelical. In fact, I have discovered only a few single-minded souls (e.g. friends such as Leonard Sweet, Joseph Girzone, David Bryant come to mind here) who are currently speaking prophetically … Read More

The Priority of Christ, Part One

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Biblical Theology, Christ/Christology, Jesus, Lordship of Christ, The Church26 Comments

In 1956 a group of British theologians chose to honor the twentieth century’s greatest theologian, Karl Barth, with a collection of Essays in Christology. They chose this theme because Barth was a champion for high Christology but also because but because the editors and contributors believed the very heart of Christian theology was Christology, the doctrine of Christ. I believe we … Read More

The Light That Shines Upon Us

John ArmstrongChrist/Christology, Gospel/Good News, Jesus1 Comment

The Gospel of Luke reveals to us an angelic prophecy regarding the birth of John the Baptist that was given to Zechariah. I never read this text (Luke 1:5-25) without imagining what it would have been like to go about one’s priestly service in the days of Herod only to have “an angel (later said to be Gabriel in verse … Read More

The Scapegoat Who Finally Removes All Our Sin – Part Two

John ArmstrongBiblical Theology, Christ/Christology, Death, Forgiveness, God's Character, Gospel/Good News, Jesus, The Church7 Comments

The four Gospels describe in specific detail how Jesus died during the Passover Feast, not Yom Kippur. So how do we explain this (seeming) problem? I submit that the date on the Jewish calendar was Passover when he died but the events that transpired look exactly like the Old Testament Day of Atonement. Let me explain. Jesus is arrested and … Read More

The Scapegoat Who Finally Removes All Our Sin, Part One

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Biblical Theology, Christ/Christology, Death, Forgiveness, God's Character, Gospel/Good News, The Church7 Comments

I hear numerous objections to what I’ve proposed about how to understand the atoning sacrifice of Jesus in his death. I know these objections quite well since I personally made most of them for decades. The only problem with these objections, at least to me, is that they can be answered quite clearly by a better, richer and fuller understanding … Read More