My Sisters the Saints (5) – An Inspiring Journey in Faith

John ArmstrongBooks, Church Tradition, Contemplation, Discipleship, Faith, Feminism & Women, Marriage & Family, Mysticism, Prayer, Roman Catholicism, Sexuality, Spirituality, The Church, The FutureLeave a Comment

As Colleen Carroll Campbell tried to settle into her new work at the White House she found that she had never been so profoundly challenged in her work but so deeply dissatisfied with her life in general. She writes: I wanted to blame patriarchy for my conundrum., blame my job, blame John. Deep down, though, I knew something else was … Read More

My Sisters the Saints (4) – An Inspiring Journey in Faith

John ArmstrongBooks, Church Tradition, Contemplation, Discipleship, Faith, Feminism & Women, Marriage & Family, Mysticism, Prayer, Roman Catholicism, Sexuality, Spirituality, The Church, The Future, Women in the Church5 Comments

In the spring of 2001, five years after Colleen Carroll Campbell had moved from Memphis to St. Louis to write for the St. Louis Post Dispatch, she fell in love with John Campbell, a young physician in training who would become her husband. Their love story is endearing and genuinely sweet. During this same time, in 2001, she took a … Read More

My Sisters the Saints (3) – An Inspiring Journey in Faith

John ArmstrongBooks, Church Tradition, Contemplation, Discipleship, Faith, Feminism & Women, Love, Marriage & Family, Mysticism, Prayer, Roman Catholicism, Spirituality, The Church, The Future9 Comments

As Colleen Carroll Campbell’s spiritual memoir, My Sisters the Saints, evolves we begin to understand how her relationship with men was being changed profoundly. These changes clearly grew out of the spiritual formation that was now powerfully shaping her life as a growing Catholic Christian. She writes that before Christmas break was over she did not want to make long-term … Read More

My Sisters the Saints (1) – An Inspiring Journey in Faith

John ArmstrongChurch Tradition, Contemplation, Discipleship, Faith, Feminism & Women, Marriage & Family, Mysticism, Prayer, Roman Catholicism, Sexuality, Spirituality, The Church, The Future10 Comments

Collen Carroll Campbell is an accomplished, award-winning author, as well as a print and broadcast journalist. I have followed her writing and professional career, at least from a  distance, since I read her first book, The New Faithful: Why Young Adults Are Embracing Christian Orthodoxy, back in 2002. I later quoted from that hopeful book in my own book, Your … Read More

Missional-Ecumenism in Milwaukee (4)

John ArmstrongEvangelism, Gospel/Good News, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, Prayer, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church

One of the most pressing questions in my life is really not complicated. In a certain way my pressing question is two questions: (1) Why do those who embrace the need for mission not realize that God’s way to reach the world is by bringing Christians together in deep oneness and unity so that the world can see the Father’s … Read More

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (3)

John ArmstrongBiblical Theology, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, Prayer, The Church, Unity of the Church

Last Saturday evening I preached at the Focolare Movement’s gathering in Hyde Park (Chicago) from the theme text for this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Micah 6:6-8. This gathering was held in the gorgeous main sanctuary of the KAM Isaiah Israel synagogue, right across the street from the home of our president, Barack Obama. (He is hardly ever home … Read More

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (2)

John ArmstrongACT 3, Missional-Ecumenism, Prayer, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church

At his traditional Sunday message in Vatican Square Pope Benedict XVI gave a short address about the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Once again the Vatican has underscored her commitment to the doctrinal reforms of Vatican II and to the hard work of praying and working for unity among all Christians. Here is the major part of what the … Read More

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (1)

John ArmstrongACT 3, Missional-Ecumenism, Prayer, Unity of the Church

In 1740 a Pentecostal movement, that predates modern American Pentecostalism, arose in Scotland. There were several clear links to America. This message of revival, however, was unique from other Protestant movements of the Holy Spirit. In this season of spiritual renewal prayers were raised for, and with, the various churches for Christian unity. I am not entirely sure about this … Read More