Must the Reformation Wars Continue? (Part Four)

John ArmstrongACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Biblical Theology, Church Tradition, Discipleship, Faith, Gospel/Good News, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, The Church43 Comments

The recent debate about whether the pope is a true Christian reminded me of the helpful book written by my friend Mark Noll, Is the Reformation Over? An Evangelical Assessment of Contemporary Roman Catholicism (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2008). I am honored that he mentions me as one person who believes the “Reformation Wars” are over. Mark did not know … Read More

Must the Reformation Wars Continue? (Part Two)

John ArmstrongACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Apologetics, Church History, Church Tradition, Personal, Protestantism, Reformed Christianity, Roman Catholicism, The Church43 Comments

In a blog that I published here last week, on May 7, I linked to an article by pastor and blogger Tim Challies. His blog argued that Pope Francis was not a Christian. I debated for days with myself about responding to this sadly uninformed post. To be completely honest I do not like to engage with this kind of Internet “yellow” … Read More

The Center for Catholic and Evangelical Theology

John ArmstrongACT 3, Church History, Church Tradition, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, Spiritual Warfare, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church9 Comments

The Center for Catholic and Evangelical Theology is an ecumenical organization that seeks to cultivate faithfulness to the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the churches. The Center nurtures theology that is catholic and evangelical, obedient to Holy Scripture and committed to the dogmatic, liturgical, ethical and institutional continuity of the Church. The Center was founded through the collaborative efforts of … Read More

Must the Reformation Wars Continue? (Part One)

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Church Tradition, Creeds, Current Affairs, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church48 Comments

I confess that I do not read the popular blogger Tim Challies. I was aware that he writes blogs which are very popular among conservative Christians, especially extremely conservative Reformed Christians. (I do not think my choice of words here is offensive and think Challies would accept this designation based upon how he presents himself!) Before last week I was … Read More

I Am the Adult Child of a Dysfunctional Ecclesial Culture

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Church History, Church Tradition, Missional-Ecumenism, Protestantism, Reformed Christianity, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church38 Comments

At first glance the very mention of ecumenism, in the same sentence with the word evangelical, seems oxymoronic. Modern evangelicals have a well-deserved reputation for being less than excited about serious, modern ecumenical dialogue. I know this because I have lived my entire Christian life inside evangelical Protestantism, expressed in several different varieties or outward forms. I have come to … Read More

How Does ACT3 Network Make a Real Difference In Empowering Unity In Christ’s Mission? Video

John ArmstrongACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Church Tradition, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, Renewal, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church8 Comments

In 1991 I was prompted by the Holy Spirit to begin a mission for leaders and churches that would pursue the wide-scale renewal of Christian faith and practice. This work was called Reformation & Revival Ministries. We published a quarterly journal by that name while I was still a Wheaton pastor. I taught, wrote and traveled widely across the U.S. … Read More

Dialogue vs. Dogma?

John ArmstrongACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Apologetics, Church Tradition, Creeds, Culture, Current Affairs, Evangelism, Ideology, Love, Personal, Philosophy, The Future12 Comments

The word dialogue is very important to me, and my view of truth, at least in terms of the way Christians live with one another, and with non-Christians, in the modern age. What do I mean by dialogue? Could it be that the very idea behind this word is deeply flawed, as some cultural and religious conservatives maintain? Back in … Read More

In Search of Deep Faith

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Books, Church History, Church Tradition, Current Affairs, Discipleship, Education, Emergent Church, Faith, Missional Church, Personal, The Christian Minister/Ministry, The Church10 Comments

I had the joy of meeting Dr. Jim Belcher some years ago when he pastored Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, California. I cultivated a growing relationship with Jim, and his family, and spoke several times to his congregation. I was loved and honored and thus retain great memories of those days where Jim and I shared ministry together. Jim … Read More

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2014, Part One

John ArmstrongChurch History, Church Tradition, Current Affairs, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, Prayer, Roman Catholicism, Unity of the Church4 Comments

The idea of a designated period of prayer for Christian unity was developed by two American Episcopalian converts to Catholicism, Father Paul James Wattson and Sister Lurana White, co-founders of the Franciscan Friars and Sisters of the Atonement. This Catholic order was totally committed to the reunion of the Anglican Communion with the Roman Catholic Church. It was Wattson and … Read More

Rethinking a Christian Response to Suicide

John ArmstrongBaseball, Bio-Medical Ethics, Church Tradition, Current Affairs, Death, Ethics, Science16 Comments

I am continually amazed at the lack of sensitivity and pastoral grace that many Christians have regarding their response to a death by suicide. There was a time when Christians–Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant–generally considered suicide an “unpardonable sin.” For this reason when a person took their own life the family was left with the profound sense that their loved one … Read More