Ecumenism and Interfaith Harmony: What’s the Difference?

John ArmstrongACT 3, Interfaith Relations and Dialogue, Islam, The Church, The Future9 Comments

We have just come out of the January 18-25 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, and are heading into the February 1-7 Interfaith Harmony Week put in the calendar for annual observance in 2010 by the General Assembly of the United Nations. How are the two different? The question is real in the minds of many. During the Week of … Read More

Fr. Thomas Baima’s Short Address to the Muslim Society of Chicago

John ArmstrongACT 3, Christ/Christology, Culture, Current Affairs, Interfaith Relations and Dialogue, Islam4 Comments

Many readers know that Fr. Thomas Baima is a close friend and a supporter of ACT3 Network. Tom and I go back more than a decade now in ecumenical work and inter-religious dialogue. Tom has one of the best minds, and some of the finest first-hand experience, in this field of dialogue. I turn to him quite often to discuss … Read More

The Pope’s Appeal for Inter-Religious Unity and Love

John ArmstrongACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Creeds, Current Affairs, Evangelism, Faith, Gospel/Good News, Interfaith Relations and Dialogue, Islam, Jesus, Pope Francis, The Church, The Future7 Comments

In the light of the debates now raging among Christians regarding how to respond to people of other faiths Pope Francis gives us here a short video in which he expresses his heart and personal hope. Many evangelicals will see this video and conclude something like the following: “Pope Francis believes all people are brothers and sisters and thus he … Read More

Pope Francis and the Faith of Non-Christians

John ArmstrongACT 3, Current Affairs, Evangelism, Interfaith Relations and Dialogue, Islam, Jesus, Personal, Pope Francis, Religion, Roman Catholicism6 Comments

On Friday, September 25, Pope Francis visited Ground Zero in New York City to pay respect for life and to pray for healing and peace. Many Christians have expressed dismay that the pope did not mention the name of Jesus at this occasion. Some have specifically stated that he actually proved that he was a religious pluralist who does not … Read More

Muslim Attacks in Kenya: "Blessed are the Peacemakers"

John ArmstrongIslam, The War on Terrorism

On July 1 International Christian Concern reported that suspected members of the Islamic radical group, Al-Shabaab, attacked two Christian churches and killed 17 Christians in Harissa, Kenya. These attacks took place during Sunday morning worship services. The news is now global and viral. Pastor Ibrahim Magunyi, of the East Africa Pentecostal Church, confirmed the incident to ICC and said, “Many … Read More

Why It's Important to Oppose Anti-Sharia Movements in America

John ArmstrongAmerica and Americanism, Islam, Separation of Church & State

Since 9-11 many Americans have reacted strongly against Muslims and Islamic laws. Some see the presence of Muslims as a threat to our nation. Others are more open but are still guided by a great deal of fear when it comes to Muslim practice. Many conservative commentators stir up a general, and often ill-defined, negative reaction to Islamic culture. The … Read More

The Misuse of Free Speech is Harmful

John ArmstrongAmerica and Americanism, Current Affairs, Islam

I am a huge defender of free speech. It is a core value and a cherished right of all Americans. I believe it is a double-edged sword but one that should be protected. Now and then we have obvious examples of provocative speech that causes social harm, even death outside of America. The line here is very thin and it … Read More

The Tragedy of Syria: Christians in the Crossfire

John ArmstrongIslam, Kingdom of God, Orthodoxy, Religion, The Church, The War on Terrorism

If you watch or follow American news, from the left or the right, you hear continual calls for our government, working with the United Nations, to engage militarily with the Syrian government in support of the rebels in that nation. I submit that the simple view held by the vast majority of Syria's Christians is very different from what we hear … Read More

America is Safe: You Can Thank a Muslim

John ArmstrongIslam, The War on Terrorism

In all the remembrance of 9/11 I heard little said about Muslims, except faint echoes of fear and continued mistrust. For Christians this response is anything but right. Not only does it reflect fear and loathing but it is simply not warranted. Let me explain. Chicago Tribune syndicated columnist Steve Chapman wrote a wonderful editorial on September 9 showing why … Read More

Steve Brown Etc. "Religion: Sickness or Cure?"

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Current Affairs, Humor, Islam, Missional-Ecumenism, Roman Catholicism, The Church, Theology, Unity of the Church

One of my favorite persons is Steve Brown. He also does one of my favorite radio programs called Steve Brown Etc.  Brown also teaches on Key Life, a fifteen-minute syndicated radio show heard around the country on around 300 radio stations and on the Internet, on which Brown teaches about grace and the Christian life. The show often ends with … Read More