A Church Home: Some Reflections

John ArmstrongReformed Christianity

In the summer of 2006 my wife and I joined First Reformed Church in South Holland, Illinois. The church is located 46 miles from our home so we can’t attend every week. (We attend a neighborhood Lutheran congregation, as associate members, when I am not speaking elsewhere.) We joined First Reformed Church, so far from our home, for several reasons. … Read More

Getting the Gospel Right

John ArmstrongReformed Christianity

Very often we confuse the gospel itself, this wonderful and glorious good news about our salvation being totally and completely by grace alone, and in Christ alone, with various doctrines and arguments that properly surround the defense of the gospel itself. By this mistake we turn the knowing of certain doctrines into the gospel. Don’t misunderstand me. If doctrine is … Read More

Responding to the TR World

John ArmstrongReformed Christianity

I have no interest in naming specific names or making specific charges against anyone in particular when I write blog entries that address various types of people or movements that I have seen in the church. These blogs are not formal accusations but reflections upon what I have seen and even been part of myself for nearly ten years (1992-2002). … Read More

Is TR the Right Designation?

John ArmstrongReformed Christianity

Several days ago (June 2) I wrote ten questions about conservative Reformed movements that I think beg for careful thought and discussion by serious Christians within these various movements. While I’m at it, there is one more question that makes me wonder even more: Would it be more accurate to refer to some conservative Reformed spokesmen, not as TR (Truly … Read More

Questions I Ponder as a Reformed Christian

John ArmstrongReformed Christianity

Questions I often ponder these days as a confessional Reformed Christian living in a time of real ecclesial change in the West: 1. Why do modern conservative Reformed Christians seem to have historical amnesia when it comes to events that transpired in church history from the death of John on the Isle of Patmos, late in the first century, until … Read More

A Noteworthy Statement on Reformed Ecumenicity

John ArmstrongReformed Christianity

A document called "Presbyterians & Presbyterians Together: A Call to Charitable Theological Discourse” has just appeared online today. I have happily endorsed this statement which is now available online at http://presbyterianstogether.org The drafters and sponsors of "Presbyterians & Presbyterians Together" constitute an inter-denominational grass-roots movement among Reformed pastors and leaders that desires to heal and move beyond the various rifts … Read More

An Important Reformed Distinctive

John ArmstrongReformed Christianity

Reformed Christianity, in its richest and fullest expression, strongly emphasizes the biblical covenants. Surely this is one of the great distinctives of the tradition. This emphasis has sometimes been taken to conclusions that do not sound much like biblical teaching. They sound to me, to be honest, more like systematic theological categories created in the heat and smoke of polarizing … Read More