Gospel Call – A Unique Event for Local Congregations

John ArmstrongACT 3, Gospel/Good News, Missional-Ecumenism, The Church, Unity of the Church1 Comment

My friend Fr. Tom Ryan, C.S.P, partners with me in helping to facilitate an event three times each year that is co-sponsored by three or more local congregations in a town or city in the U.S. or Canada. The event is offered in both two-day and four-day versions. Please see this agenda outline for more information about the schedule, topics, and agenda offered in each version. Available … Read More

S. Truett Cathy: RIP – What Can the Church Learn from the Same-Sex Debate?

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Culture, Current Affairs, Evangelism, Gospel/Good News, Love, Marriage & Family, Missional Church, Personal, Politics, Roman Catholicism, Sacraments, The Future15 Comments

Last Thursday I noted the passing of the controversial Irish Presbyterian minister, Rev. Ian Paisley. In the same Sunday newspaper (September 14) there was also mention of the passing, at the age of 93, of S. Truett Cathy. Cathy, as many will know by the mention of his name, is the founder and billionaire who built the famous restaurant chain, Chick-fil-A. The … Read More

Why Do Churches Not See the Mission Right Next Door?

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Evangelism, Gospel/Good News, Missional Church, The Church16 Comments

My son, Matthew Armstrong, directs a ministry that began over fifteen years ago when a Christian businessman developed a plan to reach children in public schools. He invited my son to lead this effort which is now called Crossroads Kids Club. I am often in awe of this ministry and of my son, not because Matt is my son (which is … 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? (Fifteen)

John ArmstrongFaith, Gospel/Good News, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, The Church1 Comment

For many Protestants the doctrine of the Council of Trent that was, and still is, the central point of the Reformation, is the doctrine of justification by faith alone. This Trent question, it seems to me, comes down to this – did the Council of Trent reject a caricature of the Reformation view of sola fide and sola gratis or did it totally and … Read More

Jesus Prays for His Own – A Sermon (John 17)

John ArmstrongACT 3, Death, Gospel/Good News, Homiletics/Preaching, Love, Personal, Prayer4 Comments

The life of our Lord Jesus Christ had an intentionally designed dramatic climax. He was “born to die.” This was not just any death for any person but a death which revealed the depth of God’s love for the world (John 3:16). In John’s Gospel the glory of the Savior ultimately is his cross. In the death of Jesus we see … Read More

Robert Barron on Effective Evangelizing in Our Modern Context

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Ethics, Evangelism, Gospel/Good News, Love, Missional Church, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, The Church22 Comments

I am in the midst of a blog series titled: “Must the Reformation Wars Continue?” Today I share a short video that is worth watching if you want to see how an outstanding Catholic communicator, and a really good friend, speaks about doing evangelism effectively in our time. There are some exceptional insights here for all Christians. The life of the … 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

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