The Way of Jesus (1)

John ArmstrongBiblical Theology, Church Tradition, Missional-Ecumenism, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church5 Comments

We welcome Rev. Dr. George Byron Koch as our guest blogger for today and tomorrow. I remember the first time I learned that the early believers, long before they were called “Christians,” referred to themselves as followers of “the Way” of Jesus. I heard it as an apt and beautiful poetic metaphor—which I assumed they had invented for themselves. I have … Read More

The Way of Jesus Beyond Doctrinal Propositions: Living the Love and Unity of Christ

John ArmstrongACT 3, Church History, Church Tradition, Jesus, Love, Missional-Ecumenism, Philosophy, Renewal, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church12 Comments

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity service that I wrote about yesterday included a warm and deeply thoughtful sermon by Fr. George Byron Koch, pastor of Resurrection Church (Anglican), West Chicago, IL. Fr. Koch is the new chairman of the ACT3 Network board and a very dear friend. He is also a great writer and preacher. His sermon in … Read More

Lessons from Pope Francis for All Christian Leaders (4)

John ArmstrongACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Church Tradition, Current Affairs, Leadership, Personal, Renewal, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future6 Comments

The “seven deadly sins” are a classical way that the church has defined those particular sins that most clearly kill the work of grace. Pope Francis recently rebuked the leaders of the Roman Curia (12/22/14), the governing leadership team of the Roman Catholic Church, and gave them 15 Ailments that indicted the bureaucracy of the church for its spiritual hypocrisy. … Read More

Lessons from Pope Francis for All Christian Leaders (3)

John ArmstrongACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Church Tradition, Current Affairs, Leadership, Personal, Renewal, Roman Catholicism, The Christian Minister/Ministry, The Church, The Future13 Comments

Vatican watchers reported (AP), after Pope Francis spoke to the Roman Curia on December 22, that “they had never heard such a powerful, violent speech from a pope and suggested that it was informed by the results of a secret investigation ordered by Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI in the aftermath of leaks of his 2012 papers.” I believe the ordinary … Read More

The Bible and Science Debate: How Shall We Interpret Genesis?

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Biblical Theology, Church Tradition, Hermeneutics, Personal, Science, Scripture, Unity of the Church60 Comments

If I were to pick three highly skilled biblical scholars/exegetes, who also profoundly understand science (two of them – McGrath and Polkinghorne – have a PhD degree in hard science), to speak clearly about the way to properly read the Book of Genesis then I would pick these three theologians. I have met two of them and have read all … Read More

Westminster Theological Seminary – Can Institutions Respond to Controversy in Radical Love? (Part Five)

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Biblical Theology, Church Tradition, Culture, Current Affairs, Education, Hermeneutics, Leadership, Personal, Reformed Christianity, Spirituality17 Comments

A common view, at least within many evangelical circles, is that a “culture” cannot be changed. Before I proceed to argue against this view let me define my terms just a bit. I am using the word “culture” as it has evolved in English usage through the social sciences. It came to refer, in the 20th century, to a central concept … Read More

Westminster Theological Seminary – Can Institutions Respond to Controversy in Radical Love? (Part Four)

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Biblical Theology, Church Tradition, Current Affairs, Education, Patristics, Personal, Protestantism, Reformed Christianity, The Church, The FutureLeave a Comment

A friend has asked me, “John, can you market a seminary today without suggesting that we are the really faithful heirs of our particular tradition?” He added, “Could a school market itself as a loving, caring, and biblical community and still succeed?” My answer is that this is the only way in which I think a school will survive, and thrive, in … Read More

Must the Reformation Wars Continue? (Twenty)

John ArmstrongChurch History, Church Tradition, Faith, Gospel/Good News, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church10 Comments

I want to conclude this series with three posts that will, I sincerely hope, summarize some important observations that I’ve made over recent weeks. First, the Bible plainly teaches that God alone saves human persons therefore God alone gets the “credit” for salvation. It is all of grace. We can do nothing to save ourselves. Believing is not a work, it is … Read More

Must the Reformation Wars Continue (Nineteen)

John ArmstrongChurch History, Church Tradition, Faith, Gospel/Good News, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church10 Comments

We’ve looked at the Council of Trent in several comments I’ve made in this series of blogs. More particularly we’ve looked at what the Council said about justification by faith alone. Now I would like to come to the simple and most straightforward question in the continued warfare that exists between extremely conservative Catholics and Protestants. What did the Council of … Read More

Must the Reformation Wars Continue? (Part Five)

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Church History, Church Tradition, Discipleship, Faith, Gospel/Good News, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, The Church, Unity of the Church24 Comments

The debate Tim Challies generated about Pope Francis comes down to a simple question: Are devoted and faithful Catholics really Christians? I am still amazed at how many evangelicals assume that few (if any) Catholics are truly born of the Spirit of God. This was more common twenty or thirty years ago but it is still the “party line” in many … Read More