Seminaries, Pastoral Training and the Future of the Church in North America

John ArmstrongACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Church History, Current Affairs, Discipleship, Education, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, Postmodernity, The Church, The Future3 Comments

I visited the campus of Northern Seminary in nearby Lombard (IL) last week to meet with Greg Henson, the chief of institutional advancement for the school. Greg and I were connected by three mutual friends within the short span of three weeks. We felt it important to talk face-to-face since so many friends had suggested that we meet. Greg is … Read More

James Meredith: An Idiosyncratic American

John ArmstrongAmerica and Americanism, Books, Culture, Current Affairs, Education, Freedom, Politics, Poverty, Race and Racism, The FutureLeave a Comment

Yesterday I gave an overview of James Meredith’s new book, A Mission from God. Today I follow-up that blog with reflections on the final chapter of this moving civil rights memoir. After telling about his interesting and rather eccentric life James Meredith begins his final chapter by writing: I am an old man. I have spent almost eighty years on … Read More

The Real Threat to Personal Faith Commitment to Christ

John ArmstrongAmerica and Americanism, American Evangelicalism, Culture, Current Affairs, Discipleship, Education, Emergent Church, Marriage & Family, Missional Church, Protestantism, Separation of Church & State, The Church, The Future

I would argue that in America the impact of personal and social secularization is different than in virtually all other Western nations. The reason for this is because religion was never formally established in America as a function in which the state had a compelling role. From every angle you can look at this question it now seems that state … Read More

Missional-Ecumenism in Milwaukee (3)

John ArmstrongACT 3, Culture, Education, Gospel/Good News, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church

When I visited City on a Hill, the urban Milwaukee mission center that I wrote about yesterday, I sensed the presence of God in this place instantly. The people were warm, caring and joyful. The place was clean and the work of serving God’s people was going on all around me. The whole place spoke of the love of Jesus, … Read More

Jesus the Catechist

John ArmstrongDiscipleship, Education, Jesus

Many Christians react to the use of a catechism for teaching Christian doctrine. (I reacted myself until I was already a young pastor around thirty years of age!) I remember a lady in my church, speaking up in a congregational meeting, saying that she opposed all use of catechisms for instruction because they taught people “rote” answers. This was bad … Read More

Why Theological Education Fails the Need of Our Times

John ArmstrongEducation, Pastoral Renewal, The Christian Minister/Ministry

My title is big and broad, I understand. I believe, simply put, that contemporary theological education is failing to produce true leaders. We teach to our level of competence and the competence of most of our best schools is to teach courses that are helpful but not necessarily centered on the missional reality of the church. Generally speaking our seminaries … Read More

Engaging the Culture, Changing the World

John ArmstrongCulture, Education

The late Jewish novelist Chaim Potok, whose work I have read and treasured, said several years ago that “we live in a world of colliding maps.” Dr. Philip W. Eaton, the president of Seattle Pacific University, understands this “world of colliding maps.” In his new book, Engaging the Culture, Changing the World (InterVarsity Press, 2011) Eaton suggests that “each of … Read More

Waiting for Superman: A Critical Rethink

John ArmstrongCulture, Current Affairs, Education

Yesterday, I wrote a rather laudatory review of the 2010 documentary film, Waiting for Superman. Today I want to give you my second look at the film. Why? Shortly after seeing this worthwhile film I wrote the review that you read yesterday. Then I spoke in South Holland, Illinois, to the mayor, the city council and the community leaders network. … Read More

Waiting for Superman: A Must See Video

John ArmstrongAmerica and Americanism, Culture, Education

Whether you realize it or not our public education system is seriously broken. Some will admit it but very few, teachers or politicians, are ready to do much about it. Myths about the real problem abound but the recently released DVD Waiting for Superman is the first thing that I have seen or read that makes a compelling, factual and … Read More