About Chris Armstrong

Dr. Chris Armstrong is a professor of church history, author of Patron Saints for Postmoderns (IVP, 2009) and Medieval Wisdom for Modern Christians: Finding Authentic Faith in a Forgotten Age (Brazos Press, forthcoming early in 2016), and founding director of Opus: The Art of Work at Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL. Chris believes the reason Protestant evangelicals find ourselves urgently needing to have a conversation about "integrating faith and work" is that we have divorced our faith from our material and social lives. He blogs at gratefultothedead.wordpress.com.

Paralyzed by Grace? What We Can Learn From Monastic Discipline

Adapted from Grateful to the Dead.   We wonder today why we are spiritually anemic. This post from the monasticism chapter of my forthcoming Medieval Wisdom: An Exploration with C S Lewis moves on from the first of the “principles of mastery”–passion–to the third–discipline. Holiness is not optional, and it requires effort All this talk of [Read More…]

Steve Garber on Dorothy Sayers on work

I appreciate a man who not only is a fan of Dorothy Sayers’s essays on work, but also read all the Lord Peter Wimsey novels with his wife during their first year of marriage. This is Steve Garber, of the Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation, and Culture, blogging on the institute’s website: As we talked, [Read More…]

Young, Restless, and Immediate: The Future of Evangelicalism

Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on the Future of Evangelicalism in America. Read other perspectives here. Historian David Bebbington famously defines evangelicalism as Biblicist, crucicentrist, conversionist, and activist. But to limit our understanding of evangelicalism to its fondness for the Bible, focus on the cross, call to conversion, and impulse to reform church and [Read More…]

How the incarnation and God’s sacramental presence in all creation put our everyday work in a new light

What follows is part of what ended up on the cutting-room floor when I handed in 6,000 words for a 3,500 feature on Christian thought about vocation in Leadership Journal. Since I still like it, I’m posting it here.  The Incarnation Luther and other Reformers certainly did advance Christian reflection on work and calling. But if [Read More…]

10 things you don’t know about the Clapham Sect

Attending the Q Conference in Boston this past week, I was reminded that almost any evangelical who wants to leverage their vocation to change the world takes William Wilberforce’s Clapham group as a sort of knights-of-the-round-table paradigm. But few seem to know much about this remarkable group. So as a public service, here’s my . [Read More…]

Theology for workers in the pews

A version of this article appeared in In Trust in 2013. This version is reprinted from Grateful to the Dead. Let’s take as given that work matters—it matters to God, and it is most people’s primary arena of discipleship. And let’s agree that the primary role of seminaries and theological schools is to form pastors [Read More…]