Facebook & Twitter: My Life Course Corrections (2 of 2)

John ArmstrongACT 3, Current Affairs, Friendship, Leadership, Love, Marriage & Family, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, My Christian Unity Story, Personal, Renewal, The Christian Minister/Ministry, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church, Web/Tech, Weblogs13 Comments

Yesterday I wrote about my personal journey in using the social media. In particular I wrote about Facebook and Twitter. I am not an expert on these media resources by any stretch. I do know how they have impacted my personal life. As a result of reflecting upon these social media resources I shared in that previous blog post how … Read More

Living in Community, Living in Love

John ArmstrongACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Church History, Church Tradition, Culture, Discipleship, Friendship, Love, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, Prayer, Renewal, Spirituality, The Church5 Comments

Yesterday, I wrote about the desert fathers and mothers. One of the most prominent of them all was Antony of the desert. After reading Jesus’ words to the rich younger ruler Antony, sensing the spiritual deadness of his own soul and of the church of his time, retreated to the desert to seek God with his whole body and soul. … Read More

ACT3 Network Video: An Introduction to Our Mission

John ArmstrongACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Current Affairs, Education, Evangelism, Love, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, My Christian Unity Story, Personal, Renewal, The Church, The Future, Unity of the ChurchLeave a Comment

Last fall (2014) a friend, who is a professional videographer with solid credentials, partnered with me to make a new video. Another friend gave ACT3 a generous gift to make this new “ACT3 Introduction” video. This has been on our home page for several months but not on the blog site. Today I am pleased to tell you that I … Read More

The Way of Jesus Beyond Doctrinal Propositions: Living the Love and Unity of Christ

John ArmstrongACT 3, Church History, Church Tradition, Jesus, Love, Missional-Ecumenism, Philosophy, Renewal, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church12 Comments

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity service that I wrote about yesterday included a warm and deeply thoughtful sermon by Fr. George Byron Koch, pastor of Resurrection Church (Anglican), West Chicago, IL. Fr. Koch is the new chairman of the ACT3 Network board and a very dear friend. He is also a great writer and preacher. His sermon in … Read More

A Special Season in the Desert – A Journey into Deeper Ecumenism (4)

John ArmstrongACT 3, Current Affairs, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, Renewal, Roman Catholicism, The Christian Minister/Ministry, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church8 Comments

While I was composing my first three blogs about my “season” in the desert (Phoenix) I mentioned my encounters with the movements of the Holy Spirit through some of the more miraculous gifting that are rejected by some Protestant conservatives. Ironically I came across this amazing quotation from St. Thomas Aquinas, universally recognized as one of the greatest minds and … Read More

A Special Season in the Desert – A Journey into Deeper Ecumenism (3)

John ArmstrongACT 3, Discipleship, Faith, Love, Missional-Ecumenism, My Christian Unity Story, Personal, Prayer, Renewal, Spirituality, The Church, Unity of the Church4 Comments

What God gave to me in the late 1990s, and into the early years of this present century, was a settled assurance that he would go with me into a desert. There I would feel abandoned at times but he would always be with me. In the desert he would provide for me, heal me, teach me and prepare me … Read More

A Special Season in the Desert – A Journey Into Deeper Ecumenism (2)

John ArmstrongACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Missional-Ecumenism, My Christian Unity Story, Personal, Renewal, Roman Catholicism, Spirituality, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church7 Comments

My Saturday evening story of Christian unity, that I wrote about yesterday, was connected with two ministries I partnered with for several days: CRM and the City of the Lord. The City of the Lord has centers in Tempe (Phoenix), Los Angeles, San Diego and Monterey Bay. My new friend Peter Poppleton leads the City of the Lord community in Tempe. … Read More

A Special Season in the Desert – A Journey into Deeper Ecumenism (1)

John ArmstrongACT 3, Business, Discipleship, Evangelism, Love, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, Renewal, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church4 Comments

The mission of ACT3 takes me to many cities and communities, to meet with leaders in private as well as large and small groups of earnest Christians from many churches. Some of my most enjoyable work is building relationships with some of the most interesting and mission-focused leaders that I’ve ever had the pleasure of sharing my life-journey with as partners. … Read More

Lessons from Pope Francis for All Christian Leaders (5)

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Current Affairs, Leadership, Love, Pastoral Renewal, Personal, Renewal, Roman Catholicism, The Christian Minister/Ministry, The Church6 Comments

Several years ago Pope Benedict XVI tasked three trusted cardinals to investigate as deeply as necessary the Vatican’s internal culture. He wanted to know what prompted a Vatican butler to steal incriminating documents and then leak them to a journalist. Only two men know what is in the final report that came from this investigation: Pope Benedict XVI and Pope … Read More

Lessons from Pope Francis for All Christian Leaders (4)

John ArmstrongACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Church Tradition, Current Affairs, Leadership, Personal, Renewal, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future6 Comments

The “seven deadly sins” are a classical way that the church has defined those particular sins that most clearly kill the work of grace. Pope Francis recently rebuked the leaders of the Roman Curia (12/22/14), the governing leadership team of the Roman Catholic Church, and gave them 15 Ailments that indicted the bureaucracy of the church for its spiritual hypocrisy. … Read More