Reading Maya Angelou

John ArmstrongBooks, Civil Rights, Culture, Current Affairs, Freedom, History, Marriage & Family, Personal, Race and Racism6 Comments

I owe a debt of profound gratitude to my friend Vill Harmon (second from left in this photo with my good friends and two ACT3 board members). Vill is the secretary in the office of Ecumenical and Interreligious for the Archdiocese of Chicago. In July (2015) Vill and I shared a conversation about our background, especially in terms of race … Read More

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

Cardinal O’Malley’s Magnificent Address on Unity at Gordon College

John ArmstrongACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, Poverty, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church18 Comments

One of the most remarkable addresses I have watched this year was on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of historic Gordon College (Massachusetts). Gordon College is the flagship evangelical college in New England. Like all such evangelical colleges it is openly growing into deeper relationship with Catholics with each passing year. This lecture marks one of the most wonderful calls … Read More

International Justice Mission

John ArmstrongCurrent Affairs, Ethics, Kingdom of God, Missional Church, Personal, The Church5 Comments

My very good friend Mark Moore (Plano, Texas) just became a regional director for a mission called International Justice Mission. I am really thrilled for him and thus I am very excited to share this incredibly fruitful mission with you, my online friends. Some of you already know about IJM. Others can learn from seeing this wonderful TED Talk by … Read More

My Dialogue with Father Robert Barron on Christian Unity

John ArmstrongACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Current Affairs, Missional-Ecumenism, My Christian Unity Story, Personal, Protestantism, Reformed Christianity, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future10 Comments

On February 9, 2015, I did a remarkable and engaging dialogue with my friend, Fr. Robert Barron at St. Procopious Abbey in Lisle, IL.  The full video of this event is on our ACT3 website. In spite of posting this a few weeks ago, after some effort to get it finished, I have never included it as a blog post. … Read More

The Week That Dramatically Altered the Culture Conflict and the Future of the Church

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Church History, Civil Rights, Culture, Current Affairs, Ethics, Evangelism, Gospel/Good News, Homosexuality, Missional Church, Personal, Sexuality, The Church31 Comments

Response to the recent Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage has been all over the map, to say the least. We have seen some amazing celebrations and all the expected denunciations from many Christians. At First Baptist Church in Dallas the pulpit was adorned with red, white and blue last weekend. The pastor called the ruling “an affront in the … Read More

A Global Charismatic Gathering @ the Vatican with Concerted Prayer for Christian Unity

John ArmstrongACT 3, Current Affairs, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, Renewal, Roman Catholicism, Spirituality, The Church, The Future9 Comments

Pope Francis greeted tens of thousands of members of the charismatic movement last Friday, July 3, who were in Rome for their 38th annual Convocation. They gathered in St Peter’s Square for an evening of prayer, spirituality, and evangelization. Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli and Israeli singer Noa were among the singers who performed. The most amazing and moving part of … Read More

Blogs and My Public Life

John ArmstrongACT 3, Books, Current Affairs, Film, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, Renewal, The Church, The Future25 Comments

For almost a decade I have blogged on a regular basis. Initially, I found this medium an exciting and developing way to share my thoughts and reflect on biblical theology, culture and current events. Over time I found that writing blogs seven days a week was so demanding that I had to reduce my blogs to five times per week. … Read More

James Martin Shows the Importance of the Pope’s Encyclical in Ten Ways

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Biblical Theology, Culture, Current Affairs, Environmentalism, Ethics, Ideology, Personal, Roman Catholicism, The Future4 Comments

Some readers know that I am a big fan of James Martin, the best-selling Jesuit author who is one of our most powerful Christian communicators today. Fr. Martin summarizes, in this short video, why the new papal encyclical is so important for all Christians.