Giving Thanks

John ArmstrongPersonal

I am incredibly self-conscious about writing this but my wife asked me to consider it. I try to listen to her wise advice so here goes. What she said to me was, “Ask your readers at Thanksgiving to share one thing they are thankful for with regard to the ministry of ACT 3.” It sounds way too self-serving, as if … Read More

Another BIble & Theology Conference Concluded

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Since 1996 our Chicago-based ministry has hosted an annual Bible and theology conference in our area each fall. Our eleventh annual conference concluded this afternoon in South Holland, Illinois. Our theme this year was: “The Mission Church and the Kingdom of Christ.” The weekend seemed as fruitful as any in our eleven-year series, at least to me. (But I freedly … Read More

Trusting God Enough to Not Be Loved by Everybody?

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Author Dick Wills in his book Waking to God’s Dream (Abingdon, 1999) titles chapter four: “Trusting God Enough Not to Be Loved by Everybody.” I need that particular kind of faith in God’s love more than most people. I am a fairly private person thus even disagreements on my blogs can still give me a bad day. I do need … Read More

An Interview I Enjoyed

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I am in Newark, Delaware, this weekend in order to speak at the 20th anniversary celebration of Glasgow Reformed Presbyterian Church. This afternoon the pastor, Dr. Charles Betters, arranged for an interview session with Bryan Chapell and myself. I hope to put this interview on our Web site soon. Bryan is president of Covenant Seminary in St. Louis and one … Read More

The iPod Revolution

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As I road the Metro underground in Washington, D.C., this week I was struck by how much the iPod revolution has impacted people under 35 in age. I estimated, on about six or seven different trips that I took on the subway, that three of every young adults around me (unless they were talking to someone else) was using an … Read More

A Trip Through Bug Tussle, Alabama

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As I noted over the weekend I made a journey “home” this past weekend. The nostalgia of such trips is rich, the joy truly palpable. Time with my mother, my brother and my much loved sister-in-law provided both rich conversation and deep personal insight. I was especially enlightened as my older brother and I talked about our childhood, our emotional … Read More

Roll Tide, Roll

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As many of you already know I have a lifelong passion for baseball. This postseason is actually quite sad for me since it is without my two favorite teams—the Atlanta Braves and the Chicago White Sox. It does seem odd that they both missed the playoffs this year. I am rooting for the Tigers at this point, like so many … Read More

Personal Stewardship

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Some of you know that I have battled health issues for some years. Time and again these issues have proven to be a great means of grace to me. They have forced me to seek God on a daily basis to have the energy to live and work. They also have taught me the importance of things I once took … Read More

The Death of a Vision

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In 1991 I had an idea. There should be a quarterly journal that had the style and respect of a seminary journal but a readership that would primarily be church leadership, both lay and pastoral. That idea became the Reformation & Revival Journal, renamed last year as the ACT 3 Review. That journal was the beginning of this mission ministry … Read More

Every Story Has Three Sides

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Somewhere I recently read this statement: "Every story has three sides. Yours, mine and the facts." I think about that statement often and generally smile when I do. I am also reminded that this is generally true in ways that are so easily forgotten in human relationships. I see my side very clearly. I know the facts, or at least … Read More