Living My Way Into the Life of the Trinity

John ArmstrongChrist/Christology, Contemplation, Discipleship, Forgiveness, God's Character, Jesus, Love, Personal, Prayer, Scripture, The TrinityLeave a Comment

No truth is (perhaps) more complex than that of the Trinity, one God in three persons. But I am persuaded that no truth is more central to living well as a follower of Christ. The Trinity is not a debate, at least for me. It is revealed yet it is a stunning mystery. A professor, playing on an earlier line, … Read More

The Bible and Science Debate: How Shall We Interpret Genesis?

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Biblical Theology, Church Tradition, Hermeneutics, Personal, Science, Scripture, Unity of the Church60 Comments

If I were to pick three highly skilled biblical scholars/exegetes, who also profoundly understand science (two of them – McGrath and Polkinghorne – have a PhD degree in hard science), to speak clearly about the way to properly read the Book of Genesis then I would pick these three theologians. I have met two of them and have read all … Read More

Bible Reading or Bible Engaging?

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Biblical Theology, Culture, Current Affairs, Discipleship, Education, Personal, Scripture, The Future20 Comments

My own tradition puts a lot of emphasis upon reading the Bible, even reading it each day as a part of morning devotional practice. I heard about Bible reading from as far back as I can remember. I also read the Bible at the breakfast and dinner table with my family. As soon as I was old enough to read … Read More

The Atonement Debate: “Why Did Christ Die?” Part 5

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Biblical Theology, Christ/Christology, Creeds, Current Affairs, Death, God's Character, Love, Missional Church, Protestantism, Scripture, The Church, The Future8 Comments

Make no mistake about this a serious debate about the nature of God’s wrath, and the doctrine of penal satisfaction, is extremely important for many conservative Protestants.  Some of this heat, so I believe, is a carry-over from the earlier battles of fundamentalism with theological liberals who wanted to have a God who loved all and accepted all into his … Read More

Why Do Millennial Christians Read the Bible So Differently Than My Generation?

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Biblical Theology, Culture, Current Affairs, Discipleship, Gospel/Good News, Hermeneutics, Scripture

As I read Jonathan Merritt’s A Faith of Our Own I asked, “Why do younger Christians read the Bible so differently from my generation?” Jonathan Merritt correctly believes that they have “reflected on the Bible” and take it very seriously. This seems very odd to most older evangelical leaders in my generation. Merritt writes that these younger Christians “approach the … Read More

Reading the Bible: From the Apostles to Us

John ArmstrongBiblical Theology, Hermeneutics, Scripture

Each Monday, for the last eight years, I have published an e-article called the ACT 3 Weekly. Many readers of this blog do not even know these articles are published and I’ve discovered that readers here have never been to our ACT 3 site to sign up for these mailings. Presently we are rebuilding the ACT 3 website and reworking … Read More

From Big Bang to Big Mystery (A Review: Part 2)

John ArmstrongBiblical Theology, Books, Science, Scripture

Yesterday, I published the first part of Dr. Joe McCarroll’s review of Brendan Purcell’s important new book, From Big Bang to Big Mystery. Today I publish the second part of his review. I believe this portion of the review explains clearly why this is an important book for thinking, serious Christian readers who want to engage the question of origins … Read More

From Big Bang to Big Mystery: The Question of Human Origins

John ArmstrongBiblical Theology, Books, Science, Scripture

I grew up in an ecclesial context that had positively no regard for insights we might gain from evolution. During my student years at Wheaton College I learned to think of creation differently and began to open my mind to broader thought patterns on the questions of origins. Then I wandered into “strict (literal) creationism” for a sojourn of about … Read More

Form vs. Freedom, or Spirit vs. Structure

John ArmstrongScripture, Spirituality

I wrote in my last blog about the danger of activism in living the Christian life. For me, growing up as an evangelical in the South, this meant sharing my faith in order to get people “saved.” This really was the most important thing you ever did. Week after week I heard sermons that ended with, “Come to Jesus. Walk … Read More