My Sisters the Saints (5) – An Inspiring Journey in Faith

John ArmstrongBooks, Church Tradition, Contemplation, Discipleship, Faith, Feminism & Women, Marriage & Family, Mysticism, Prayer, Roman Catholicism, Sexuality, Spirituality, The Church, The FutureLeave a Comment

As Colleen Carroll Campbell tried to settle into her new work at the White House she found that she had never been so profoundly challenged in her work but so deeply dissatisfied with her life in general. She writes: I wanted to blame patriarchy for my conundrum., blame my job, blame John. Deep down, though, I knew something else was … Read More

My Sisters the Saints (4) – An Inspiring Journey in Faith

John ArmstrongBooks, Church Tradition, Contemplation, Discipleship, Faith, Feminism & Women, Marriage & Family, Mysticism, Prayer, Roman Catholicism, Sexuality, Spirituality, The Church, The Future, Women in the Church5 Comments

In the spring of 2001, five years after Colleen Carroll Campbell had moved from Memphis to St. Louis to write for the St. Louis Post Dispatch, she fell in love with John Campbell, a young physician in training who would become her husband. Their love story is endearing and genuinely sweet. During this same time, in 2001, she took a … Read More

My Sisters the Saints (2) – An Inspiring Journey in Faith

John ArmstrongBooks, Church Tradition, Contemplation, Discipleship, Faith, Marriage & Family, Mysticism, Roman Catholicism, Sexuality, The Church, The Future3 Comments

Colleen Carroll Campbell’s new spiritual memoir informs the reader, very early in the book, of how her reading St. Teresa’s biography brought deep change. She understood anew why her parents read the lives of the saints as she found in Teresa a woman of passion and purpose whose journey was deeply compelling for its many detours. What she describes as … Read More

My Sisters the Saints (1) – An Inspiring Journey in Faith

John ArmstrongChurch Tradition, Contemplation, Discipleship, Faith, Feminism & Women, Marriage & Family, Mysticism, Prayer, Roman Catholicism, Sexuality, Spirituality, The Church, The Future10 Comments

Collen Carroll Campbell is an accomplished, award-winning author, as well as a print and broadcast journalist. I have followed her writing and professional career, at least from a  distance, since I read her first book, The New Faithful: Why Young Adults Are Embracing Christian Orthodoxy, back in 2002. I later quoted from that hopeful book in my own book, Your … Read More

The Stain That Stays: How Should We Respond to the Sexual Misconduct of Pastors/Leaders?

John ArmstrongEthics, Sexuality

What should happen to pastors who fall into sexual misconduct? Should they return, repentant, to their pulpits/leadership within weeks or months – or should they return at all? Around the world sexual misconduct is defeating ministers and destroying ministries. As the numbers of fallen leaders grow it is crucial to know what should happen to them – for their good … Read More

When Jesus Met Mary: A Conference on Friendship with a Unique (and Controversial) Emphasis on Friendship with the Opposite Sex

John ArmstrongFeminism & Women, Friendship, Sexuality, The Church, Unity of the Church, Women in the Church

Can men and women be close friends without the sex part getting in the way? Can men and women who are married enjoy opposite sex friendships? What would our marriages, our friendships, our churches, and our communities look like if men and women were not afraid of connecting with each other in deep ways? What would male-female relationships look like … Read More

When Jesus Met Mary: A Sacred Friendship Gathering

John ArmstrongFriendship, Sexuality, The Church, Women in the Church

This unique event, hosted by my dear friend, author and speaker Dan Brennan, will feature several interesting and engaging speakers, including yours truly. It will present a great opportunity for a kind of dialogue not generally welcomed in the church at large and includes a special opportunity to meet new friends in genuine conversation and fellowship. Please consider attending. Here is … Read More

Sexual Influences Upon the Church

John ArmstrongSexuality, The Church

Young Adults are clearly surrounded by sexual influences like never before. I cannot imagine how I would cope in this context if I were 21 again. I am sure I would need exceptional grace to remain chaste and pure if I were single. A new Barna Group study reveals that a growing number of young people are leaving the church because … Read More