A Swedish House Church Movement of Revival

John ArmstrongCharismatic Christianity, Church History, Pietism, Protestantism, Reformed Christianity, Renewal, Spirituality, The Church9 Comments

Pietism produced many expressions and forms. In the end, Pietism was a rival/renewal movement in the centuries following the Reformed and Lutheran Reformations of the sixteenth century. I personally believe the post-Reformation produced a new type of scholasticism that help to reduce the flame of reformation to a flicker. Pietism is quite often seen by modern Reformed and Lutheran confessional … Read More

Was Pietism an Expression of an Early Pentecostal Movement?

John ArmstrongACT 3, Charismatic Christianity, Pietism, Renewal, Spirituality, The Church11 Comments

The Assemblies of God maintains an official heritage center called the Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center (FPHC) in Springfield, Missouri. Dr. Darrin Rodgers is the director of the Flower Center. In this video he addresses the important question of the relationship of the Pentecostal renewal in the last century with the movement of Pietism in the post-Reformation era. It strikes me that honest historical … Read More

The ACT3 Cohort Group Begins Monday, May 23

John ArmstrongACT 3, Discipleship, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church5 Comments

On Monday, May 23, the next ACT3 Cohort begins in Carol Stream, IL. We meet in the beautiful garden room at Windsor Park on Rt. 64. If you are interested in being a participant in this dynamic group you need to decide in the next ten days or so. This will be the best multi-denominational and multi-ethnic group I’ve had … Read More

The 110th Birthday of One of the Greatest Christians of the Last Century

John ArmstrongAmerica and Americanism, American Evangelicalism, Church Tradition, Current Affairs, Israel, Lordship of Christ, The Church, The Future29 Comments

Today, February 4, is the 110th birthday of the German pastor, theologian and martyr, Dietrich Bonhoeffer. When I arrived at Wheaton College, as a transfer student in January of 1969, one of the first great joys I experienced was finding the story of Bonhoeffer for the first time. The classic book, The Cost of Discipleship, was my introduction. Later I … Read More

Ecumenism and Interfaith Harmony: What’s the Difference?

John ArmstrongACT 3, Interfaith Relations and Dialogue, Islam, The Church, The Future9 Comments

We have just come out of the January 18-25 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, and are heading into the February 1-7 Interfaith Harmony Week put in the calendar for annual observance in 2010 by the General Assembly of the United Nations. How are the two different? The question is real in the minds of many. During the Week of … Read More

ACT3 Network and Social Media

John ArmstrongACT 3, Social Networking, The Church, The Future5 Comments

I work regularly with a leadership consultant who is lending help to me so that ACT3 Network can better use the social media. While I continue to major on face-to-face friendships and growing relationships I believe the social media can both supplement and help such friendships I also believe it can establish the basis for such a friendship. The social … Read More

National Workshop on Christian Unity

John ArmstrongACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Current Affairs, Missional-Ecumenism, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church4 Comments

Since 1963 the National Workshop on Christian Unity (NWCU) has met in a designated city in the United States. It began when a group of Roman Catholics, in the context of Vatican II, met to equip local leadership for the task of ecumenical ministry. In 1969, they invited leaders of other Christian communions to join, and today the national ecumenical officers of … Read More