God, the Ebola Crisis and the American Response

John ArmstrongCulture, Current Affairs, Death, Divine Providence, Ethics, Love, Personal, Politics, Television, The Church15 Comments

You cannot escape it even if you try. The Ebola outbreak dominates the news cycle day-after-day right now. So long as this virus impacts even one American millions of Americans will keep on watching this endless reporting. Once it dies down, at least in terms of being a threat to the US, then we will soon forget about it. Meanwhile … Read More

The Tragic Sense of Life

John ArmstrongBiblical Theology, Divine Providence, Reason, Science, Spirituality, The Church, Uncategorized

I remember when I first heard the Spaniard’s name – Miguel de Unamuno. I was driving my car to speak in Iowa in the summer of about 1998 and the esteemed founding president of Regent College (Vancouver), James Houston, mentioned the importance of this Spanish philosopher for deeper insight into the faith. The course was one on spiritual formation. It … Read More

Thanksgiving

John ArmstrongDivine Providence, Personal

Today millions of Americans celebrate what we call Thanksgiving Day. My friend Steve Brown wrote in his recent Key Life publication that he’s a little bothered by devoting one day to this or that. “It’s as if the point is: You are a dolt and can’t pull this off all the time, but try hard for just one day.” He … Read More

Try Laughing at the Devil and Some of Those Preachers Who Think They Understand the Mystery of Divine Providence

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Divine Providence, Humor

When the earthquake destroyed much of Haiti earlier this year Pat Robertson made another of his characteristic public statements about good and evil. Martin Luther and C. S. Lewis, to name only a few thoughtful Christians of their ilk, noted that one of the best methods for dealing with the devil was to taunt him. They urged us to literally … Read More

An Act of God or a Coincidence?

John ArmstrongDivine Providence, Homosexuality

Last August, during the now famous Lutheran (ELCA) church-wide assembly in Minneapolis, lightning struck the steeple on a downtown Lutheran church where part of the meeting was being conducted. Since the ELCA voted to accept same-sex marriages at this meeting, a decision which created a storm of response pro and con, the news media covered this event rather intensely. As … Read More

The Weight of Fear

John ArmstrongDivine Providence, Spirituality

Pope Gregory the Great said: "The weight of fear is the anchor of the heart.” I see a lot of fear in a lot of Christian hearts these days. President Franklin D. Roosevelt noted in 1933 that fear paralyzes those who succumb to it. Francis de Sales said, “We must not fear fear.” And John Calvin said, “The inward joy, … Read More

Why Comparison Never Helps

John ArmstrongDivine Providence

Recently a friend referred to his own developed theory of dealing with pain and suffering by saying to me, “Comparison never helps!” I wrote that statement down and then thought about it for a good while. I have to agree with it at a very deep level. Here is how this theory works. I break my arm but you loose … Read More