One of the Most Joyful Weeks in My Remembrance

John ArmstrongACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Current Affairs, Jesus, Love, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, Pope Francis, Protestantism, Religion, Renewal, Roman Catholicism, Television, The Church, Unity of the Church14 Comments

As I sit this evening at my computer I am  amazed. For five days every newscast and commentator has responded the visit of Pope Francis to America with such joy and positive energy. From every perspective, including the most non-religious journalists and broadcasters, people have talked about the pope but in doing so they have talked a great deal about … Read More

The Church of Pope Francis: The Dialogue I’ve Being Waiting to See and Hear

John ArmstrongACT 3, Current Affairs, Jesus, Leadership, Missional-Ecumenism, Pastoral Renewal, Religion, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future4 Comments

With all the views of Pope Francis coming from right-left-and in-between I have wanted to see a god dialogue about the man, his view of important issues and his leadership style. Finally, the Jesuit magazine America has given me what I was searching for online. What is remarkable about this program is who is speaking here. The moderator is Nancy … Read More

Who Needs a “Jubilee of Mercy”?

John ArmstrongBiblical Theology, Forgiveness, God's Character, Jesus, Roman Catholicism, Spirituality11 Comments

“Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world: have mercy upon us.” Each one of us, many times during our lives, have raised our voices and cried, “Lord have mercy.” Mercy is the kind of forgiving treatment of someone who could be treated harshly. From a Christian perspective, it is the gift that God or another person … Read More

The Way of Jesus Beyond Doctrinal Propositions: Living the Love and Unity of Christ

John ArmstrongACT 3, Church History, Church Tradition, Jesus, Love, Missional-Ecumenism, Philosophy, Renewal, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church12 Comments

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity service that I wrote about yesterday included a warm and deeply thoughtful sermon by Fr. George Byron Koch, pastor of Resurrection Church (Anglican), West Chicago, IL. Fr. Koch is the new chairman of the ACT3 Network board and a very dear friend. He is also a great writer and preacher. His sermon in … Read More

Stay Awake for Advent (A Sermon)

John ArmstrongACT 3, Incarnation, Jesus, Kingdom of God, Personal2 Comments

Advent began last Sunday, November 30. I had the joy of preaching, and leading the divine liturgy, at Lutheran Church of the Master in Carol Stream, Illinois. This is the audio of my sermon based upon the lectionary Gospel text in Mark 13:24-37. I pray that this sermon will encourage you in your worship, edification and spiritual transformation during this … Read More

The Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids

John ArmstrongACT 3, Biblical Theology, Jesus, Kingdom of God, Personal7 Comments

Several weeks ago I preached at the Saturday Vespers service at the Lutheran Church of the Master (LCM) in Carol Stream. The lectionary text was Matthew 25:1-14. This text is the parable of the wedding banquet. This text is also often misunderstood by Bible readers. This particular sermon is quite short. It may help some of you grasp the essential elements of … Read More

Our Lord’s Prayer for Unity in Triune Love

John ArmstrongACT 3, Biblical Theology, Christ/Christology, Jesus, Love, Missional-Ecumenism, The Church, Unity of the Church1 Comment

Jesus begins his prayer in John 17 by asking the Father to glorify him so that he could glorify the Father. These words (“glorify”) are too easily passed over. When the Bible speaks of glory it uses the word doxa, a Greek word which comes from the Old Testament Hebrew word kabod. The widely accepted meaning of doxa is “fame … Read More

Must the Reformation Wars Continue? (Part Seven)

John ArmstrongACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Discipleship, Evangelism, Faith, Jesus, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future32 Comments

Yesterday I asked an important question at the end of my post: “How do we evangelize church members, both Catholic and Protestant?” Sherry Weddell, the cofounder of the Catherine of Siena Institute, with Fr. Michael Sweeney, O.P., is a Christ-centered disciple maker who works to equip Catholic parishes to form lay Catholics for mission in the world. Sherry has been responsible … Read More

The Cross of Christ & the Love of God – What Saves Us?

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Biblical Theology, Christ/Christology, Jesus, Liturgy, Love, Orthodoxy, Personal31 Comments

I am currently writing a book on love, both God’s love and our love. In writing the first half of my book I have sought to deal with the cross. I do not know how you can talk about God’s love and not go to the cross. Every reader of the New Testament can readily see that the cross is … Read More