A Day in Pittsburgh with Two Faithful Friends

John ArmstrongPersonal

I went to Pittsburgh today for a short visit with John Rodgers, the former president and dean at Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry in Ambridge, and Philip Houghton, the pastor of an Episcopal parish church in Bedford, Pennsylvania. John has been a leading voice for orthodox conviction and Christ-centered ministry in his church for five plus decades. When I asked … Read More

Teacher or Reproducer?

John ArmstrongPersonal

My dear friend and pastor, Wilbur Ellsworth, cited a marvelous quote on July 3 that I had never previously heard. He didn’t tell us where it came from originally so I can’t give you the proper credit for the quote. It does sum up a great deal of what I have learned through considering carefully the ancient-future dimensions of Christian … Read More

C. H. Spurgeon Still Speaks

John ArmstrongPersonal

I took a drive over to Pasadena, Texas, this morning. (I am in Houston for three days.) My purpose in going to Pasadena was to see Bob L. Ross, the man who began Pilgrim Publications back in the 1960s for the explicit purpose of getting the sixty-three volumes of the sermons of Charles H. Spurgeon in print for a new … Read More

Celebrating July 4

John ArmstrongPersonal

Like so many I have conflicted opinions about patriotism at times. My first loyalty is not to my country, but to the kingdom of Jesus Christ. At the same time I love my country and have always had deep feelings about her, most of which are positive. Today’s email brought a wonderful letter from my good friend David Bahnsen. His … Read More

Strategic Laziness

John ArmstrongPersonal

There are a host of new terms and motivational sayings that regularly get created in, and passed through, the world of business. I do not spend a lot of time in that world. When I do converse with business leaders I often learn something that is quite useful to the world that I do live in, a world of theology, … Read More

The Church of Personal Preference

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Most Americans have heard the Burger King advertising slogan for years. It simply says: "Have It Your Way." The idea behind the slogan is clear–Burger King stores will prepare a hamburger just the way you like them. If you want mustard, pickles and lettuce, without the tomatoes, just ask. If you want ketchup, and no mustard, all you have to … Read More

A Prayer for Enduement

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In the 1960’s I read the book Through Gates of Splendor. It thrilled me, and deeply disturbed me at the same time. I was particularly moved by the pictures of the five speared bodies of young missionaries who gave up their lives in order to reach the Auca Indians in the South American jungles. The impression made upon me was … Read More

Jim Packer: A Pointer to Christ

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I am blest with a number of freinds who truly love and honor me. Most of them you would not know but to me they are "friends," a word I cherish the older I get. A few who have walked with me for some years now, would not be known to any of you, and a few are well-known to … Read More