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Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

 

A Sermon on Trinity Sunday: “The Great Commission”

Posted on June 24, 2017 by John Armstrong Click for a sermon on Trinity Sunday: “The Great Commission”  


How Does Jesus Speak to Our Modern Religious and Social Context?

Posted on April 25, 2017 by John Armstrong How Does Jesus Speak to Our Modern Religious and Social Context? I am currently reading, rather slowly I confess, through the Gospel of Mark. It is a fast-paced narrative a rooted in oral tradition, something easily forgotten by modern readers. At the beginning of the second century CE this Gospel was affirmed in several texts as the work of Mark. It was also attributed to Peter, who was his companion. Because this writing was based on oral texts it was rooted in stories about Jesus passedRead More


War: The Most Dreaded Enemy of Liberty

Posted on April 19, 2017 by John Armstrong War: The Most Dreaded Enemy of Liberty During the course of my lifetime (b. 1949) America has fought many wars. In fact, we have been engaged in foreign struggles and combat for almost the entirety of my lifetime, with the exception of the four years of President Carter’s administration (1977-1981). This simple fact got me to thinking recently about an anniversary of a historic document in American history that is 222 years old tomorrow, April 20.This statement goes as follows: Of all the enemies ofRead More


How Could Tyranny Destroy Our Democracy?

Posted on April 12, 2017 by John Armstrong How Could Tyranny Destroy Our Democracy? Political scientists and historians are increasingly expressing profound concerns about the future of democracy in the West. I have been asking, as an amateur historian of America, “How and why do democracies die?” The study of democratic backsliding, though around for a long time, is becoming more urgent as we watch events unfold so rapidly it creates deep concern in many of us. In the mid-2000s, the global spread of democracy, after 200 years of expansion, clearly began toRead More


Pondering the Syrian Context on the Day After Our Nation Launched Fifty Tomahawk Missiles

Posted on April 7, 2017 by John Armstrong Pondering the Syrian Context on the Day After Our Nation Launched Fifty Tomahawk MissilesHow Could Tyranny Destroy Our Democracy? Late late night I read the first news reports of our president’s authorization of the launch of fifty missiles on Syrian air bases. (He warned the Russians in advance so their soldiers would leave, wanting to avoid a direct conflict with Russia.) It appears this morning that we hit military targets and human casualties will be small, perhaps even none. The reason for this attack was the outrageRead More


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Nine Churches Help Celebrate Night Out on August 1

Aurora Celebrates National Night Out at 45 Neighborhood Events

Forty-five neighborhoods throughout Aurora are planning events big and small to celebrate National Night Out on Tuesday, August 1, 2017. Billed as “America’s Night Out Against Crime,” National Night Out encourages residents to lock their doors, turn on their porch lights and spend the evening getting to know their neighbors, police officers, firefighters and other city officials. “National Night Out is a prime example of what it means to be ‘One Aurora’ as we strive to build our city together,” Mayor Richard Irvin said. “Because of the success of previousRead More


10 Essentials for a Successful Outdoor Event

Don’t let weather, logistics, or Egyptian plagues keep you from taking your service outside. Source: 10 Essentials for a Successful Outdoor Event