The Week That Dramatically Altered the Culture Conflict and the Future of the Church

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Church History, Civil Rights, Culture, Current Affairs, Ethics, Evangelism, Gospel/Good News, Homosexuality, Missional Church, Personal, Sexuality, The Church31 Comments

Response to the recent Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage has been all over the map, to say the least. We have seen some amazing celebrations and all the expected denunciations from many Christians. At First Baptist Church in Dallas the pulpit was adorned with red, white and blue last weekend. The pastor called the ruling “an affront in the … Read More

How Should Christians Respond to the Supreme Court’s Ruling on Marriage?

John ArmstrongACT 3, Current Affairs, Marriage & Family, Missional-Ecumenism, Sexuality, The Church, The Future31 Comments

Readers of this blog range across a wide-spectrum of Christian believers. Some readers favor same-sex marriage and (very likely) most do not. While I do not advocate for same-sex marriage, based upon my understanding of marriage primarily (not sexuality), I believe the church has lost its way in regard to mission and purpose. This is why the Christian response to this court … Read More

Spiritual Friendship: Finding Love in the Church as a Celibate Gay Christian (A Review)

John ArmstrongCulture, Current Affairs, Friendship, Sexuality, The Church20 Comments

Today’s guest writer is Dan Brennan, author of the important book, Sacred Unions, Sacred Passions: Engaging the Mystery of Friendship Between Men and Women. “Where was I to find love? Where was I to give love? If Scripture and the Christian tradition were right that I shouldn’t try to find a husband, surely the apparent corollary couldn’t also be right—that … 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 Abuse of Women and Our Response (Part Two)

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Sexuality, The Christian Minister/Ministry, The Church, The Future, Women in the Church3 Comments

The case of Baltimore Ravens football player Ray Rice’s assault on his fiancé in February of this year underscores a major problem in the NFL and our culture in general – women are still being abused and many institutions (mostly those led by men) cover it up or deny its importance. They do this by being “tone deaf” to the deeper … Read More

The Shameful Story of Judah

John ArmstrongACT 3, Biblical Theology, Hermeneutics, Sexuality13 Comments

On Saturday, July 12, I preached the evening vespers service at Lutheran Church of the Master in Carol Stream. My given text was Genesis 38. I think I would never have picked such a story had it not been assigned to me in advance. You can hear my twenty-minute sermon below. https://soundcloud.com/act3network/the-shameful-story-of-judah As I grow older I enjoy narrative preaching more … Read More

Sex Trafficking in the United States: Do You Know The Problem?

John ArmstrongAmerica and Americanism, Culture, Current Affairs, Sexuality7 Comments

I confess that I knew something about global sex-trafficking. I did not realize that this problem was an issue within the United States. This video stunned me and makes me want to see the whole movie when it is released. It challenges us to pray, get involved, get more information and do something to save lives wherever possible. I will … Read More

Philomena – A Film That Reveals Gospel Grace and Forgiveness

John ArmstrongCurrent Affairs, Feminism & Women, Film, Forgiveness, Gospel/Good News, Personal, Roman Catholicism, Sexuality, The Church14 Comments

I saw the new movie Philomena last week. I was unprepared for how much this film would move me to the depths of my spirit. It is my “sleeper” film for 2013! I noted this weekend, with great joy, that it was nominated for the Golden Globe as “Best Picture.” (There are only five nominees. The Academy now has ten … Read More

Why the Institution of Marriage is Failing and What We Can Do About It

John ArmstrongChurch Tradition, Culture, Current Affairs, Love, Marriage & Family, Personal, Sexuality, The Church14 Comments

Marriage is in a very sad state in modern secular culture. I am not, in stating it this way, specifically responding to the same-sex marriage debate that I addressed last week. I am referring to marriage as a social and religious institution that brings a man and woman together in a promise to live together in love until death separates … Read More

My Sisters the Saints (6) – An Inspiring Journey in Faith

John ArmstrongBooks, Church Tradition, Contemplation, Discipleship, Faith, Feminism & Women, Friendship, Marriage & Family, Mysticism, Prayer, Roman Catholicism, Sexuality, Spirituality, The Church, The Future, Women in the Church2 Comments

Colleen Carroll Campbell’s journey to femininity did not lead her to embrace a kind of Catholic “fundamentalism” with regard to the social, professional and economic gains that she had previously experienced because of feminism. John and Carroll Campbell clearly share a marriage of mutuality. They have just as clearly learned how to sacrifice and give up their personal agendas, one … Read More