A Sense of Being Called

By Richard Stoll Armstrong

A Sense of Being Called

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  • ISBN: 9781608994045
  • Pages: 210
  • Publication Date: 1/1/2011
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A Sense of Being Called

By Richard Stoll Armstrong

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781608994045
  • Pages: 210
  • Publication Date: 1/1/2011
  • Retail Price: $25.00
Web Price: $20.00
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eBOOK

  • ISBN: 9781608994045
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  • Publication Date: 1/1/2011
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About-

Dick Armstrong was thoroughly committed to his promising future as a major league baseball front-office executive until something happened that completely changed his life and steered him in a totally new direction. In A Sense of Being Called, Armstrong tells the story of what he calls his "Damascus Road" experience, an awesome encounter with the God he had always believed in but had never given the slightest thought to serving. The dramatic theophany initiated a remarkable pilgrimage of faith in which he and his supportive wife, Margie, learned how God guides, provides for, and equips those who respond to the divine call.

What the unbelieving world would label coincidence Dick and Margie viewed as the miraculous providence of God--of a God whose timing, they came to understand, is often surprising and always perfect. As the doors to entering seminary kept opening or closing in unpredictable ways, Dick was eventually led to Princeton Theological Seminary, where he met then-president John A. Mackay, who was to have a powerful impact on Dick's life.

Dick and Margie's departure from the Baltimore Orioles and their transition to becoming a full-time seminary couple was traumatic. Their five-and-a-half-year-old son died on the Seminary's convocation day. The poignant story of Ricky's death provides another inspirational illustration of how God is able to work for good, even in the death of a child, with those who are called according to God's purpose.

The three years at seminary were transformational for Dick Armstrong, who traces the often -humorous events leading to his ordination and call to be the pastor of the Oak Lane Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia. Armstrong's hope is that this book will move readers to consider how God has been at work in their lives and will awaken in them their own sense of being called.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"This is a providential publication. At a time when God's people are challenged to rediscover their calling, Dick Armstrong's beautiful story can help people do just that. It is a powerful reminder that when God enters our lives, life's direction often changes, even dramatically. By the gift of faith we realise that our story has always been intended to be God's story. The author invites the reader to accompany him on his remarkable journey of faith. This is a journey that I could observe for the almost thirty years that Prof. Armstrong has been my close personal friend and colleague. He and his writings have greatly impacted my ministry and the ministries of many hundreds of pastors and many more lay leaders in South Africa. They will be eager to read his amazing story, and I'm sure they will conclude, as I have, that his passionate commitment and powerful witness to the gospel are an impressive fulfilment of his 'sense of being called.'"
--Malan Nel
Founding Director of the Centre for Contextual Ministry
Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa

"I am so glad Dick Armstrong has at last written the story of his call to ministry. My unique friendship with Dick began soon after he announced that he was leaving his position as Public Relations Director of the Baltimore Orioles to enter Princeton Seminary. He became a vital partner and indispensable colleague in shaping and enabling the mission of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In the early days of the FCA he served as a most needed interpreter of the unfolding vital relationship being forged between religion and sports. With the publication of A Sense of Being Called he has added another very helpful, adventurous, intriguing, and joyful book to his excellent and varied writings."
--Don McClanen
Founder and first Executive Director
Fellowship of Christian Athletes

"Dick Armstrong has been a friend and inspiration to me for decades. I thought I knew Dick, but now I really know him after reading A Sense of Being Called. This book will stir your soul and lift your spirit just as it has done for me."
--Pat Williams
Senior Vice President
Orlando Magic

"This is a true 'I can't wait to hear what's next' story. It's a fascinating account of how God called a young Major League baseball front office executive into the ministry. Dick Armstrong had never thought of becoming a minister. What he calls his 'Damascus Road' experience was the most direct and unexpected call I have ever heard of, and anyone who reads this book will have a renewed appreciation of the miraculous ways God works in people's lives. This beautifully told story would make a wonderful text for any book club or church study group, and I can testify that it will evoke a range of emotions--from tears to chuckles, from being informed about a profession not many people know about, to being inspired by a young man's unanticipated pilgrimage of faith."
--Samuel H. Moffett
Professor of Ecumenics and Mission
Princeton Theological Seminary

"Spring training is a busy time for baseball clubs. A veteran of those days of warmth and pre-season hopes, Dick Armstrong tells of his years as the public relations director of the Baltimore Orioles and how his life changed one evening in Florida, when he was unexpectedly confronted with a call from God. Those who read his deeply personal narration of this dramatic encounter and the events that followed will themselves be confronted with what it means to be called by God. This book is a stirring challenge to think about the difference between choosing a career and being called by God to follow a path in life. Armstrong's call is one that can speak not just to those who know God, but to those who barely do or are not sure they do. It is a must read!"
--Kathy J. Nelson
President
F.I.S.H. (Funding Individual Spiritual Health) Foundation, Inc.

Contributors-

Richard Stoll Armstrong

Bio(s)-

Richard Stoll Armstrong is Ashenfelter Professor Emeritus at Princeton Theological Seminary. The author of many books and articles, he has held pastorates in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Indiana.

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