Leaders Who Focus on People, Not Just Ideas

John ArmstrongFriendship, Leadership, The Christian Minister/Ministry, The Church11 Comments

Henri Nouwen (1932-1996) was a Dutch-born Catholic priest and writer who is best known as the author of 39 books about spirituality. Nouwen studied psychology and theology and has had a profoundly human way of making spirituality come alive for many people, including a large number of evangelical Protestants. He taught at Notre Dame, Yale Divinity School and then Harvard … Read More

The True Greatness of a Friend Who Loved Christian Ecumenism Deeply

John ArmstrongACT 3, Friendship, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, Unity of the Church10 Comments

My good friend Jeff Gros (1938-2013) moved to Chicago in 2011. He became an adjunct professor at Catholic Theological Union and Dean of the Institute for Catholic Ecumenical Leadership. He also became a consultant to the Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the Archdiocese of Chicago, led at that time by another good friend, Sister Joan McGuire, O.P. (I … Read More

Human Sexuality and Holy Marriage

John ArmstrongBiblical Theology, Culture, Current Affairs, Ethics, Friendship, Homosexuality, Love, Marriage & Family13 Comments

I concluded in yesterday’s post that marriage is in deep trouble as a social institution in Western culture. After centuries of development, and developing legal support, the institution is now falling apart in a little more than one generation. This tragic loss has little, or nothing, to do with the same-sex debate that is raging at the moment. I ended … Read More

My Sisters the Saints (6) – An Inspiring Journey in Faith

John ArmstrongBooks, Church Tradition, Contemplation, Discipleship, Faith, Feminism & Women, Friendship, Marriage & Family, Mysticism, Prayer, Roman Catholicism, Sexuality, Spirituality, The Church, The Future, Women in the Church2 Comments

Colleen Carroll Campbell’s journey to femininity did not lead her to embrace a kind of Catholic “fundamentalism” with regard to the social, professional and economic gains that she had previously experienced because of feminism. John and Carroll Campbell clearly share a marriage of mutuality. They have just as clearly learned how to sacrifice and give up their personal agendas, one … Read More

Habemus Papam Franciscum: What Has Lausanne to Do with the Pope? (4)

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Church History, Church Tradition, Culture, Current Affairs, Evangelism, Friendship, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church

The Lausanne Movement Evangelicals in general, and evangelical leaders in particular, know far too little about the Lausanne Movement. This movement for global evangelization begin in the 1960s through the vision of Dr. Billy Graham. As Graham began to preach internationally, he developed a passion to “unite all evangelicals in the common task of the total evangelization of the world.” … Read More

When Jesus Met Mary: A Conference on Friendship with a Unique (and Controversial) Emphasis on Friendship with the Opposite Sex

John ArmstrongFeminism & Women, Friendship, Sexuality, The Church, Unity of the Church, Women in the Church

Can men and women be close friends without the sex part getting in the way? Can men and women who are married enjoy opposite sex friendships? What would our marriages, our friendships, our churches, and our communities look like if men and women were not afraid of connecting with each other in deep ways? What would male-female relationships look like … Read More

When Jesus Met Mary: A Sacred Friendship Gathering

John ArmstrongFriendship, Sexuality, The Church, Women in the Church

This unique event, hosted by my dear friend, author and speaker Dan Brennan, will feature several interesting and engaging speakers, including yours truly. It will present a great opportunity for a kind of dialogue not generally welcomed in the church at large and includes a special opportunity to meet new friends in genuine conversation and fellowship. Please consider attending. Here is … Read More

Friendship and Psychological Visibility

John ArmstrongFriendship

Now and then I post a guest blog my readers are not likely to see unless I share it. Such is the case today. The author, Dr. Monte Wilson, is a true friend. We do not see one another face-to-face very often but when we do we instantly connect again in a deeply relational way. Monte is "my friend" in the … Read More

Sacred Unions, Sacred Passions: Questions for the Author (Part Three)

John ArmstrongBooks, Friendship, Sexuality

Today I complete my three-part personal interview with author Dan Brennan about his engaging and controversial book, Sacred Unions, Sacred Passions. I would encourage you to not only read this online interview I’ve posted but to visit Dan’s web site and even sign up for his Facebook page. There you can engage with him more personally and discuss his ideas … Read More

Sacred Unions, Sacred Passions: Questions for the Author (Part Two)

John ArmstrongBooks, Friendship, Sexuality

Today, I continue with the questions I began in yesterday’s interview with author and friend Dan Brennan. Here are some more questions I posed in my online interview about his very important book.  Why would it be wise and chaste to nurture authentic communion (“face to face” and “side-by-side”) beyond your spouse, with your cross-gender friend? I would suggest this … Read More