My Journey (3): Childhood Faith and Encountering the Living God

John ArmstrongDiscipleship, Lordship of Christ, Personal, Spirituality

Growing up in a small-town, Southern Baptist, cultural background meant that coming to Christ was a prescribed formula that I knew about for as long as I can recall. The pattern was rooted in a Pauline type conversion experience. You realized that you were a sinner, you knew that you needed to be saved, you prayed and asked Jesus to … Read More

The Trinity Is Not an Abstract Doctrine

John ArmstrongLordship of Christ, The Trinity

I wrote yesterday about my growing awareness of the love of God as a community of persons. I was brought into this community by faith in the Son of God and through Christian baptism. This is why I was baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Far too many Christians I’ve known over the … Read More

The Church and the World of Business

John ArmstrongCulture, Leadership, Lordship of Christ, Wealth

I have personally engaged in a number of attempts to connect the field of business with the redemptive mission of Christ. The typical evangelical approach to applying one’s faith to vocational activity is admittedly facile. It primarily emphasizes personal piety and evangelism within the workplace rather than a genuinely kingdom centered perspective regarding divine calling, or vocation. This approach is … Read More

The Bible’s Most Frightening Text?

John ArmstrongBiblical Theology, Jesus, Lordship of Christ

I am amazed at how people often respond to various tests in the Bible. Some in the Old Testament are filled with terrible warnings and clear promises of divine punishment for breaking God’s law and covenant. But for all of these difficult and terrible texts none has ever compared, at least to my mind, with the words of our Lord … Read More

Fatal Attraction

John ArmstrongLordship of Christ, Personal, Spirituality

The classic Hollywood movie, Fatal Attraction, was truly a surprise film in 1987 when it first appeared. It has endured, over nearly twenty-five years now, as a film noir. The premise is that a person may form an attraction for another person (in a sexual and emotional way) that is much more than it appears to be on the surface … Read More

Lent: A Time for Conversion and Preparation

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Church History, Church Tradition, Lordship of Christ, Spirituality, The Church

From the beginning it seems that Lent was a time for penitence. This word penitence troubles some evangelicals because they are reminded of the errors and bad teaching of the sixteenth century Catholic opponents of the Reformers. But the word penitence comes from the Latin word paenitentia, which referred to an attitude of repentance. Repentance, from the Greek word metanoia … Read More

The Disturbing Ministry of Jesus

John ArmstrongChrist/Christology, Lordship of Christ, Missional Church

Viktor Frankl, the famous psychotherapist who endured the horrors of the Nazi Holocaust, maintained that to love you must encounter. I agree with Anthony J. Gittins, a priest in the order of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (CSSp), who says that Jesus' ministry could best be described as loving encounter. He moved beyond familiar reference points, broke through boundaries … Read More