Lessons from Pope Francis for All Christian Leaders (3)

John ArmstrongACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Church Tradition, Current Affairs, Leadership, Personal, Renewal, Roman Catholicism, The Christian Minister/Ministry, The Church, The Future13 Comments

Vatican watchers reported (AP), after Pope Francis spoke to the Roman Curia on December 22, that “they had never heard such a powerful, violent speech from a pope and suggested that it was informed by the results of a secret investigation ordered by Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI in the aftermath of leaks of his 2012 papers.” I believe the ordinary … Read More

A Gospel Call in Montreal (2)

John ArmstrongACT 3, Evangelism, Missional-Ecumenism, Protestantism, Renewal, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church5 Comments

The primary purpose of the Gospel Call mission that Fr. Thomas Ryan and I led in Montreal (October 25–29) was to celebrate the gains of Christian unity from the last fifty years and “take these gains to the pews.” For all the work done in ecumenism very little is actually being done to help specific churches and leaders build collaborative … Read More

The Most Memorable Reformation Sunday in My Life

John ArmstrongACT 3, Gospel/Good News, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, Protestantism, Reformed Christianity, Renewal, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church39 Comments

October 26, 2014, was a day that dawned with profound joy in my soul. I shall never forget it as long as I live. It began with personal morning prayer in a guest home in Montreal. I was in this great city to do my first Gospel Call mission with Fr. Thomas Ryan, CSP. Tom directs the ministry of ecumenism … Read More

Nature’s God: The Origins of the American Republic and Why It Matters (Part Two)

John ArmstrongAmerica and Americanism, American Evangelicalism, Church History, Culture, Current Affairs, History, Philosophy, Politics, Religion, Renewal, The Church, The Future26 Comments

Matthew Stewart’s Nature’s God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic is, at least to my mind, one of the most interesting, readable and important books I have read in 2014. I could hardly put it down. It reads easily and demonstrates quite convincingly most, though not all, of the author’s claims. Stewart argues that the ideas which directly shaped … Read More

Nature’s God: The Origins of the American Republic and Why It Matters (Part One)

John ArmstrongAmerica and Americanism, American Evangelicalism, Church History, Civil Rights, Culture, Current Affairs, History, Ideology, Religion, Renewal, The Church23 Comments

The American patriots who were directly responsible for the founding of our nation were considered, by almost all orthodox Christian ministers at the time, to be “radicals” and “atheists.” So goes the essential claim of philosopher/author Matthew Stewart in his exciting new book, Nature’s God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic (W.W. Norton, New York, 2014). His claim is, at … Read More

The Moravian Daily Texts and My Contemplative Practice in 2014

John ArmstrongBooks, Church History, Discipleship, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, Prayer, Renewal, Spirituality12 Comments

A dear friend, Gerald Stover (PA), gave me a lovely gift at the Luminosa Award ceremony in June. I have used this gift, The Moravian Daily Texts, regularly in 2014. Most historians agree that the Moravian Church, which began as a renewal movement within the Catholic Church, was started through the work of a Catholic priest named Jan Hus (the … Read More

Same-Sex Marriage Dividing a Local Parish

John ArmstrongCulture, Current Affairs, Discipleship, Ethics, Gospel/Good News, Homosexuality, Missional Church, Personal, Renewal, Roman Catholicism, Sexuality, The Church, The Future29 Comments

On the same day that I read the Associated Press report that I referenced yesterday regarding the new Pew Research about same-sex marriage there was another report from Great Falls, Montana. This story struck me as one filled with profound pain and difficulty. Roman Catholic Bishop Michael Warfel of the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings conducted a meeting with about 300 … Read More

The Reformation of the Vatican – The Sad Case of Józef Wesołowski

John ArmstrongCulture, Current Affairs, Ethics, Pastoral Renewal, Personal, Renewal, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future13 Comments

Vatican watchers, especially non-Catholics who love the Roman Catholic Church as I do, watch and pray for further reforms that are needed inside the Church. I was pleased to read this week of the Vatican putting Józef Wesołowski, its former nuncio (ambassador) to the Dominican Republic under house arrest on Tuesday, September 23. Archbishop Józef Wesołowski was born in Nowy Targ, … Read More

For the Life of the World: The Classic Book and a New Video Series

John ArmstrongActon Institute, American Evangelicalism, Culture, Discipleship, Film, Personal, Renewal, The Church, The Future7 Comments

I have mentioned my friend Byron Borger at Hearts & Minds Books in several contexts. There is no better reviewer of good books than Byron. Everyone who values my blogs should subscribe to his newsletters and pay attention to his reviews and book specials. There is simply no better Christian resource for good books – at least in the Protestant world … Read More

Andy Stanley Gets Hammered for Comments on Revival

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Current Affairs, Evangelism, Missional Church, Renewal, The Church25 Comments

Pastor-author Andy Stanley is, if anything, a deeply passionate Christian leader about church growth and reaching the unchurched in the youngest generation. I am not a huge fan, thus I do not read him often. But I am not a huge fan of a lot of this kind of writing and teaching. But I profoundly respect Andy Stanley and believe … Read More