The Cruciform God

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Biblical Theology, Christ/Christology, God's Character, Gospel/Good News, Incarnation20 Comments

When the concept of the atonement is primarily understood as divine forgiveness we have been given a clear way to understand how God can be both just and justifier. He can demand payment for an offense and yet at the same time he can provide forgiveness in himself as the person who pays for our offense. He can do both … Read More

The Depth & Extent of God’s Forgiveness Displayed in the Atonement – Part 2

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Biblical Theology, Christ/Christology, Church Tradition, Creeds, Forgiveness, God's Character, Gospel/Good News, Incarnation, Love4 Comments

Over the centuries theologians have developed numerous models for expressing the saving significance of Jesus’ death. We have sketched out several of these models, ever so simply I freely admit, in several blogs the past few weeks. I have concluded, along with Joel B. Green, Professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary, that: “No interpretation of the atonement can … Read More

The Depth and Extent of God’s Forgiveness is Displayed in the Atonement – Part 1

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Biblical Theology, Christ/Christology, Forgiveness, God's Character, Gospel/Good News, Jesus, Love4 Comments

Yesterday I wrote about atonement as forgiveness. I showed that there truly is a substitionary aspect of the atonement that must be grasped. This is because our sins actually require the paytment of a debt, or what has been called a ransom price. These elements are all clearly present in the ancient faith, both in the Old Testament system and … Read More

What Does Christ’s Victory Mean for Understanding His Death?

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Biblical Theology, Christ/Christology, Church Tradition, Death, God's Character, Gospel/Good News, Kingdom of God, Patristics, Personal, Postmodernity, The Church, The Future1 Comment

The New Testament is filled with material concerning the victory of Christ over the powers of evil, a victory finally accomplished, and announced, through his death and resurrection. One of the seminal texts that comes to mind here is in Matthew’s Gospel. 22 Then they brought to him a demoniac who was blind and mute; and he cured him, so that … Read More

Ancient-Future Faith: What Has It to Do with the Atonement?

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Biblical Theology, Christ/Christology, Forgiveness, God's Character, Jesus, Patristics, Reformed Christianity, The Church, The Future, Theology7 Comments

The Holy Spirit seems to be working new convictions –based on ancient ideas about God, Christ and the Holy Spirit – into the younger evangelical generation. My generation was attracted to the details of mastering a theological system and often thought in either/or terms about what was true and false. I was trained by evangelicals who were drawn to the … Read More

The Atonement Debate: “Why Did Christ Die?” Part 5

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Biblical Theology, Christ/Christology, Creeds, Current Affairs, Death, God's Character, Love, Missional Church, Protestantism, Scripture, The Church, The Future8 Comments

Make no mistake about this a serious debate about the nature of God’s wrath, and the doctrine of penal satisfaction, is extremely important for many conservative Protestants.  Some of this heat, so I believe, is a carry-over from the earlier battles of fundamentalism with theological liberals who wanted to have a God who loved all and accepted all into his … Read More

Christ Our Center – The Lausanne Conversation at Mundelein Seminary

John ArmstrongACT 3, Christ/Christology, Incarnation, Jesus, Missional-Ecumenism, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, Unity of the Church1 Comment

The past two Monday blogs (May 20 and 27) have included information about our April 18 public meeting, “Christ Our Center.” This event was held at the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein Seminary. This event was a small part of the first ever Lausanne Catholic-Evangelical Conversation, a private dialogue between twenty-five leaders. ACT3 Network worked with our … Read More

Christ Our Center – Fr. Edward T. Oakes

John ArmstrongACT 3, Christ/Christology, God's Character, Gospel/Good News, Missional-Ecumenism, Protestantism, Reformed Christianity, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church1 Comment

On Thursday, April 18, the first ever Lausanne Catholic-Evangelical conversation on mission and evangelism took place at Mundelein Seminary in suburban Chicago. In planning this meeting our Lausanne committee, a group of five which I serve as chairman, agreed that we should have a public lecture/dialogue to begin the private meeting for the three days that we were together, April … Read More

The Lausanne Catholic-Evangelical Conversation This Week

John ArmstrongACT 3, Christ/Christology, Discipleship, Gospel/Good News, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future10 Comments

This new week might well bring about one of the most important ministry opportunities I’ve every been asked to lead as the president of the ACT3 Network. I referred to a public part of this opportunity in a blog I posted a few weeks ago. Today I would like to tell you much more and ask, with great earnestness, for … Read More

Living as Aliens in Post-Christendom Culture (5)

John ArmstrongAmerica and Americanism, American Evangelicalism, Christ/Christology, Culture, Current Affairs, Emergent Church, Ideology, Lordship of Christ, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, Politics, Postmodernity, Renewal, The Church, The Future

Christian sociologist James Davison Hunter has written one of the most important studies of what it means to be faithfully present in the modern, increasingly post-Christendom world that I have been describing over the last two weeks. His magisterial book, To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World (Oxford, 2010, has helped … Read More