Single Life

John ArmstrongMarriage & Family, Sexuality

Yesterday I referred to the church’s great need to teach celibacy, not simply as a requirement before marriage but as a calling that is given to some because of their unique place in life. I know that many will say, “This is not fair. If others can enjoy sexual experience then why can’t I?” The problem with this response is … Read More

Whose Gospel? An Argument for Progressive Christianity

John ArmstrongBooks, Ethics, Homosexuality, Politics, Race and Racism, Sexuality

Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr. is the founder and president of the Healing of the Nations Foundation and the senior minister emeritus of the famous Riverside Church in New York City. He was also a professor at Union Theological Seminary and has hosted The Time Is Now on Air America Radio. Forbes is a social and political liberal who preaches … Read More

What’s the Big Deal About Porn?

John ArmstrongCounseling, Sexuality

No subject makes me quite as uncomfortable to speak or write about as pornography. I suppose this is because I know the problem is so profoundly difficult yet I actually know so little about it. I have read very little on the subject and never attempted to counsel porn addicts. I have, rightly I think, preferred allowing those more skilled … Read More

The Western Sexual Revolution and the Church in Africa

John ArmstrongHomosexuality, Love, Sexuality

The sexual revolution has many ramifications and the church has had many responses. I have made it very clear, in numerous written contexts, that I strongly oppose the official ecclesial acceptance of all sexual practice outside of marriage between a man and a woman. I have also made it clear, in two forthcoming articles in the ACT 3 Weekly (available … Read More

The Great Sex-Ed Debate and Why It Misses the Point

John ArmstrongCulture, Sexuality

New York Times conservative columnist Russ Douthat recently reported that liberals were delighted that the teen birth rates rose in 2008. Why would they care? Well, 2008 was the last year of the Bush presidency and, after fifteen years of the teen birth rate declining,  2008 saw it rise thus it has been proven (so far as liberals are concerned) … Read More

Transgendered Persons and the Christian Faith

John ArmstrongSexuality

Some years ago, at a conference on the Wheaton College campus on the life of Malcolm Muggeridge, I met Dr. David W. Virtue. David is not only became a friend but he has provided marvelous resources for me on issues within the Episcopal Church (USA). His regular posts are available at If you are an Episcopalian, or perhaps you … Read More

What Do you Mean "Promiscuous" Ms. Johansson?

John ArmstrongSexuality

Actress Scarlett Johansson recently argued that monogramy actually goes against human instinct. In a forthcoming interview in Allure magazine she adds, “I do think on some basic level we are animals, and by instinct we kind of breed accordingly.” This insight is nothing more than a consistent evolutionary stance if one grants that we really are just “animals.” But what … Read More

Inclusiveness and Diversity

John ArmstrongSexuality

The old Protestant denominations in America are at a crossroads. There can be no "peace" within their bounds until they decide to fully and openly embrace the Christian faith without dissimulation. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) faced a major crossroads this past week. This came after three years of deliberation. The vote was right but the leaders flinched … Read More