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.

Young, Restless, and Immediate: The Future of Evangelicalism

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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...]


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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...]


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10 things you don’t know about the Clapham Sect

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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...]


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Theology for workers in the pews

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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...]


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Jazz, entrepreneurship, and tradition

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As an enthusiastic jazz fan and an appreciator of business entrepreneurship, I enjoy watching folks make it up as they go along. Nothing affirms my sense of human beings as “co-creators” with God (a favored term of that great co-creator, J R R Tolkien) more than listening to the swooping, soaring melodic lines of a [Read More...]


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John Wesley’s messages on work and economics

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When we ran our recent series of  posts on work and vocation (linked at the bottom of this post) in Christian history by Faith and Work Channel senior editor and Christian History magazine senior editor Chris Armstrong, we accidentally missed this one. Ooops! Enjoy. If you want to read more of what Wesley had to [Read More...]


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