Hi folks. I’m Chris Armstrong (Ph.D., Duke University), church historian, educator, currently founding director of Opus: The Art of Work at Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL
This blog is structured around three courses I taught at Bethel Seminary (St Paul, MN) during my 10 years there (2004 – 2014). The first two have become books:
Patron Saints for Postmoderns–a loving “group biography” of ten people we should know who are part of our faith heritage.
Medieval Wisdom for Modern Christians–CS Lewis thought medieval faith provides antidotes to modern malaises. So do I. These are eight themes in medieval faith that can help us today.
Resources for Radical Living–reflections on living the compassionate life, the prophetic life, the penitential life, the devotional life, and the communal life.
And yes, I like the word “for” a lot. It appeals to my good old American evangelical pragmatism. We’re not interested in anything until we know what it’s FOR.
Patron Saints for Postmoderns was published in fall 2009 by InterVarsity Press.You can find a copy of it here. I explain why I think we’re all postmoderns, and we all need patron saints, here. And Scot McKnight led a discussion on it in fall 2009 here and here. (He actually blogged on every chapter! Thanks Scot.)
Medieval Wisdom for Modern Christians: Finding Authentic Faith in a Forgotten Age was published in spring 2016 by Baker/Brazos. You can find a description, blurbs, links to purchase, video interview clips, and a fully downloadable, free first chapter here.
I’ve also written over 70 articles as the former managing editor of the dear departed Christian History & Biography magazine and contributing writer to Christianity Today, Leadership Journal, www.christianhistory.net, and other publications.
UPDATE as of January 2011: Christian History magazine lives again–at least for one print issue–#100, on the King James Bible. I would love to see CH enjoy many more years of publication (and I am putting my money where my mouth is by serving as managing editor). If you would like a free copy of this issue and are perhaps interested in receiving the magazine regularly, please see this post. [Editor’s note – it’s still alive and going strong in 2016! To check out full-color issues online and subscribe for free, go to www.christianhistorymagazine.org.]
My research and teaching interests include the holiness, Pentecostal, and charismatic movements; a usable medieval past; the “Inklings” authors; religion and emotion; evangelical spirituality; faith, work & economics; human flourishing; and the “ancient-future” and “new monastic” movements within evangelicalism.
Here’s a more detailed recent bio (as of Jan 2016):
Chris R. Armstrong (M.A. Gordon-Conwell 1994, PhD Duke University 2003) is an educator with 10 years of experience as a professor of church history. He now directs Opus: The Art of Work at Wheaton College and serves at Wheaton as a faculty member in biblical and theological studies. After completing his B.A. in religious studies in the mid-eighties, Chris worked for eight years in business communications and journalism in his hometown of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Decades later (2012-13), Chris became founding director of the Work with Purpose initiative at Bethel Seminary (St Paul), dedicated to helping seminarians both to understand the kingdom value of ordinary work and to help others overcome the faith-work divide. Chris is author of two books and senior editor of Christian History magazine (www.christianhistorymagazine.org).