Jesus Prays for His Own – A Sermon (John 17)

John ArmstrongACT 3, Death, Gospel/Good News, Homiletics/Preaching, Love, Personal, Prayer4 Comments

The life of our Lord Jesus Christ had an intentionally designed dramatic climax. He was “born to die.” This was not just any death for any person but a death which revealed the depth of God’s love for the world (John 3:16). In John’s Gospel the glory of the Savior ultimately is his cross. In the death of Jesus we see … Read More

A Unique Opportunity for Serving Christ in Ecumenism

John ArmstrongACT 3, Missional-Ecumenism, Prayer, Roman Catholicism16 Comments

Next Tuesday, April 8, the Semi-Annual meeting of the Bishops’ Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops takes place near O’Hare Airport in Chicago. To my pleasant surprise I have been afforded the opportunity to speak to the bishops about evangelical Christianity and our role in ecumenism and mission. I will speak, as well … Read More

Prayer for the Unity of the Martyrs

John ArmstrongACT 3, Current Affairs, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, Prayer, Protestantism, Reformed Christianity, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church4 Comments

Pope Francis recently spoke of an “ecumenism of blood.” He was referring to the martyrs of the Christian faith – those who actually die for  faithfully following Christ. I wrote a blog about his statement a few weeks ago. I believe that it summarizes a kind of “bottom line” for true ecumenism. If we can suffer and die as one … Read More

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2014, Part One

John ArmstrongChurch History, Church Tradition, Current Affairs, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, Prayer, Roman Catholicism, Unity of the Church4 Comments

The idea of a designated period of prayer for Christian unity was developed by two American Episcopalian converts to Catholicism, Father Paul James Wattson and Sister Lurana White, co-founders of the Franciscan Friars and Sisters of the Atonement. This Catholic order was totally committed to the reunion of the Anglican Communion with the Roman Catholic Church. It was Wattson and … Read More

A Meditation on Thanksgiving

John ArmstrongChurch History, Church Tradition, Culture, Current Affairs, Prayer, The Church3 Comments

Thanksgiving Day is traditionally a time of giving thanks for the blessings of the harvest and the preceding year. Several other places around the world observe similar celebrations. In America it is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November, which is today. (As you’ve no doubt noticed it is quite late this year.) The day is celebrated on the second … Read More

The Gospel of the Kingdom (4)

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Discipleship, Evangelism, Faith, Gospel/Good News, Kingdom of God, Lordship of Christ, Missional Church, Prayer, The Church3 Comments

Alan Streett’s book, Heaven on Earth: Experiencing the Kingdom of God in the Here and Now (Eugene, Oregon: Harvest House, 2013), is nicely laid out along canonical lines. By this I mean that he surveys his subject following the arrangement of the biblical canon, starting with Genesis, and then working his way through the mountain tops of the Old Testament. … Read More

Learning the Mystery of Contemplation

John ArmstrongContemplation, Mysticism, Prayer, Spirituality18 Comments

St. John Vianney (1786-1859),  a French priest who is widely respected for his pastoral work and parish ministry, once noticed an elderly man visiting his church every morning before work and every evening after work. One day, out of profound curiosity, he asked, “What do you say to the Lord during your twice-daily visits?” The old man responded, “I say … Read More

The Lausanne Catholic–Evangelical Conversation: Does Talking & Praying Make a Difference?

John ArmstrongACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Current Affairs, Evangelism, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, Prayer, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, Southern Baptists, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church8 Comments

From the beginning of the ecumenical movement in the 19th century each of the churches involved in this growing quest for local and global unity brought their respective gifts and backgrounds to an ongoing search for common mission. This quest has clearly been fueled by the prayer of Jesus in John 17:20-24 more than by any other biblical text. Our … Read More

My Sisters the Saints (6) – An Inspiring Journey in Faith

John ArmstrongBooks, Church Tradition, Contemplation, Discipleship, Faith, Feminism & Women, Friendship, Marriage & Family, Mysticism, Prayer, Roman Catholicism, Sexuality, Spirituality, The Church, The Future, Women in the Church2 Comments

Colleen Carroll Campbell’s journey to femininity did not lead her to embrace a kind of Catholic “fundamentalism” with regard to the social, professional and economic gains that she had previously experienced because of feminism. John and Carroll Campbell clearly share a marriage of mutuality. They have just as clearly learned how to sacrifice and give up their personal agendas, one … Read More