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

Philip Schaff and the Unity of Christendom – Part Two

John ArmstrongACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Church History, Church Tradition, Creeds, Current Affairs, Missional-Ecumenism, Orthodoxy, Reformed Christianity, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church1 Comment

Last week I wrote about the unity of the church in light of my visit to Moody Bible Institute on December 3 and the dialogue that took place between Fr. Robert Barron and me before Moody students in Chicago. I then cited the work of the famous theologian Philip Schaff. I ended my final blog of the week last Thursday … Read More

Philip Schaff and The Unity of Christendom – Part One

John ArmstrongACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Church History, Church Tradition, Current Affairs, History, Kingdom of God, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, Orthodoxy, Personal, Reformed Christianity, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future12 Comments

In the year in which he died (1893), Philip Schaff wrote what I take to be an extremely important piece on ecumenism with the title “The Reunion of Christendom.” It begins by quoting John 17:20–21 and then states the difficulty of the ecumenical problem by saying that the answer to the question the disciples asked Jesus, when they said – … Read More

The Mercersburg Movement: How Reformed Theology Helped Me Become a Missional-Ecumenist

John ArmstrongACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Church History, History, Missional-Ecumenism, Reformed Christianity, Roman Catholicism, The Church, Theology8 Comments

Yesterday. I quoted nineteenth century theologian-historian Philip Schaff (1819–1893), a Swiss-born, German-educated Reformed Protestant minister who became a widely regarded church historian at the end of his life. Schaff spent most of his adult life living and teaching in the United States. His works are still read though his history is now dated by the simple fact that he died … Read More

Ancient-Future Faith: What Has It to Do with the Atonement?

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Biblical Theology, Christ/Christology, Forgiveness, God's Character, Jesus, Patristics, Reformed Christianity, The Church, The Future, Theology7 Comments

The Holy Spirit seems to be working new convictions –based on ancient ideas about God, Christ and the Holy Spirit – into the younger evangelical generation. My generation was attracted to the details of mastering a theological system and often thought in either/or terms about what was true and false. I was trained by evangelicals who were drawn to the … Read More

How Shall We Understand the Atonement?

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Biblical Theology, Church History, Church Tradition, Jesus, Patristics, Reformed Christianity, The Church, Theology5 Comments

It must be stated, before we even consider several of the ways Christians have traditionally understood the atonement (the meaning of Christ’s death) and its relationship to our sin(s), that all Christians believe this great central truth – Christ’s death reconciles us to God. Whatever else you read, or think you hear me saying in the next few days, please … Read More

Two Philosophers – Two Responses to Life

John ArmstrongApologetics, Faith, Freedom, God's Character, Love, Personal, Reason, Reformed Christianity13 Comments

I have the amazing privilege of sharing the platform with a diversity of Christian speakers and authors. Last Saturday I spoke for the Prison Fellowship Centurions program near Lansing, Michigan. There where three speakers at this particular gathering. One was a Centurion from within the group and the other, besides myself, was Dr. Cornelius Plantinga. Plantinga recently retired as president of … Read More

Christ Our Center – Fr. Edward T. Oakes

John ArmstrongACT 3, Christ/Christology, God's Character, Gospel/Good News, Missional-Ecumenism, Protestantism, Reformed Christianity, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church1 Comment

On Thursday, April 18, the first ever Lausanne Catholic-Evangelical conversation on mission and evangelism took place at Mundelein Seminary in suburban Chicago. In planning this meeting our Lausanne committee, a group of five which I serve as chairman, agreed that we should have a public lecture/dialogue to begin the private meeting for the three days that we were together, April … Read More

Catholics and Reformed Christians in America

John ArmstrongACT 3, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, Reformed Christianity, Renewal, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church

My dear friend, Brother Jeffrey Gros, the Catholic Studies Scholar in Residence at nearby Lewis University, is one of America’s leading proponents of dialogue and missional-ecumenism between Roman Catholics and evangelicals. Jeff not only knows and understands evangelical Christianity he knows and loves real evangelicals, people like me. I am honored to learn and grow through this deep friendship. Jeff … Read More

Celebrating the Protestant Reformation

John ArmstrongReformed Christianity, Roman Catholicism, The Church

The first disciples of Christ were only later called Christians. Just so with those who were influenced by Martin Luther, John Calvin and Ulrich Zwingli. Only later were they called Protestants. The exact origin of the term protestant is unsure. It may come either from French protestant or German Protestant. What is certain is that both the French and German use of this word … Read More