Distrust Kills Friendship

John ArmstrongPersonal

The person who would have real friends must be a friend. Though I have many that I can call friends, at least on one level, I am blest with several true soul-friends that I definitely do not deserve. These friends make my life what it is and give it a richness that fills me with profound blessing. As I reflected … Read More

Ted W. Engstrom: A Good Man Who Lived Well

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Ted W. Engstrom died last Friday in Bradbury, California, at age 90. Ted was known and loved by many who worked for him or who heard him teach his famous seminar on time management, which I enjoyed on two different occasions in the 1970s. (I suppose I needed a lot of help in this area or maybe I just enjoyed … Read More

The Impact of Donald Bloesch on My Life

John ArmstrongPersonal

Friends of mine know that Donald G. Bloesch has had a shaping and formative influence on my thought and life for at least three decades. Dr. Bloesch, now a retired professor of theology at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary (Iowa), continues to bless many of us by his prolific writing ministry. I had the unique honor of sharing a … Read More

Living in Peace with Others

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Watch the Christian who is always fighting battles, building their life and ministry on the need for continual warfare and always identifying everything that is wrong in other believers. While it is true that we must fight vigilantly against evil, and the evil one, it is not true that we should be continually at war with fellow Christians. There is … Read More

The ACT 3 Review: An Encouraging Endorsement

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I rarely promote my own written work or the resources I edit and produce, since I feel completely uncomfortable praising things I am so directly associated with as an author. After all the Scripture does say, “Let another praise you, not your own mouth” (Proverbs 27:2). However, a friend will sometimes say things that encourage me wonderfully. Such was the … Read More

Relationships and Governance

John ArmstrongPersonal

I have always believed that the governance of Christian ministry, humanly speaking, was really about relationships and how people envision God’s mission through them as they learn to live and work together. Bonhoeffer’s classic Life Together has been the most important shaper of my thought beyond the Pauline letters. Ministry boards function best when there are truly good relationships among … Read More

A Friend Moves On

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Professor Mark Noll came to Wheaton College several years after I graduated (B.A., 1971; M.A., 1973). He has been an institution at my alma mater for nearly three decades. In some circles his name is virtually synonymous with Wheaton’s solid academic reputation. However, Noll is leaving Wheaton College this month to replace George M. Marsden at Notre Dame University. Both … Read More

A Surprising Birthday Gift

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Yesterday was my 57th birthday. I knew that my family was going to take me to lunch since they let me pick the place in advance. I am a pretty simple person, at least when it comes to picking my pleasures, so I picked T. G. I. Friday’s. I always relish these special times because they allow the whole gang … Read More

A Foolish Consistency

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The American writer Ralph Waldo Emerson is quotable if he is anything at all. His poems, reflections and sheer good sense, mixed with the truly odd at times, are still worth consideration. I reflected a great deal this past week upon one of his greatest and most commonly cited lines: "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds adored … Read More

A Reformation Day in Detroit

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I preached the Reformation Day services at Ward Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) in Northville, Michigan (Detroit area), today. My day was quite full, with four services in all. The music and services were all inspiring and well done. Jimmy McGuire, the senior pastor, has become a very good friend that I have come to love and respect. He has served … Read More