Who Writes This?

Hi, I’m Aaron. I’m an author, blogger, speaker, and stereotype Instagrammer.


The Armstrong family, March 2015. Clockwise: Emily, Aaron, Hannah, Hudson, and Abigail. Photo by Andrea Bartholomew.

If this is your first time here or you’re a regular reader, I hope you’ve noticed something really important:

I talk about Jesus a lot here.

Why? Well, aside from the fact that not talking about Jesus wouldn’t really make sense thematically, really, there isn’t much more important to talk about than Jesus. After all, the gospel is the best news one could ever hear—the good news of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection in victory over Satan, sin and death. If you know the gospel, if you’ve experienced the goodness of God firsthand, then you know just how good this news really is.

Here are a few other things worth knowing about me:

  • I’m married to the coolest girl in the word (she even has artwork available for download at iStock)
  • I love being a daddy to my children, Abigail, Hannah, and Hudson (that’s me and the whole family in the picture above)
  • I am not nearly as wise as I am smart and I would like that to change
  • In January 2015, I began working toward my Masters of Arts in Theological Studies through Covenant Theological Seminary, in St. Louis, Missouri.
  • I am a regular contributor to Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s For the Church blog and The Gospel Coalition (usually book reviews). My writing has also been seen on ChurchLeaders.com, ExploreGod.com, BlueLetterBible.org, and a number of other websites.

A few of my favorite and/or most popular articles:

What else should you know?

My first two books, Awaiting a Savior: The Gospel, the New Creation and the End of Poverty and Contend: Defending the Faith in a Fallen World are now available. In addition to blogging daily here, I occasionally contribute to the Gospel Coalition’s blogs and a few other places around the Interwebs. Our family worships & serves at Harvest Bible Chapel in London, Ontario.

  • http://www.srdesigns.ca Wifey-kins

    Well, before that even you were an eyeball-abusing contacts-wearer. But that’s going back really far.

  • http://thewordonthewordoffaithinfoblog.com Damon Whitsell

    Nice blog sir!!!

    • http://bloggingtheologically.com Aaron

      Thanks Damon – glad you had a chance to stop by

      • http://thewordonthewordoffaithinfoblog.com Damon Whitsell

        Your Welcome. I found you on alphainventions BTW

  • Petra

    so are you still a calvinist? or not?

    • http://hardwords.wordpress.com Aaron

      Yes ma’am, comfortably so – why do you ask?

  • eastlakecounty

    “I am an extreme introvert who functions as an adequate extrovert—but it’s extremely draining, both mentally and physically” …NICE.

    Great blog. Thanks! (found you via condron.us)

    • http://hardwords.wordpress.com Aaron

      Thanks – glad you enjoy the blog!

  • http://www.LearnToStudyTheBible.com Shannon

    My name is Shannon and I am working with Pastor Andy Deane who recently wrote the book: Learn to Study the Bible – it teaches 40 Bible study methods. We would love to send you a free copy to see if you would review it on your site. Recently we’ve received some exciting endorsements from Dr. Catt (pastor of church that produced the movie FIREPROOF) and Pastor Bob Coy (9th Largest church in USA). If you are able to blog about this new Bible study book please send me your mailing address and also let me know if an internet ebook version would be possible for you to read (saves us money to do that).

    TITLE: Learn to Study the Bible
    AUTHOR: Andy Deane
    ISBN: 978-1-60791-576-8

    PUBLISHER: Xulon Press
    BOOK WEBSITE: http://www.LearnToStudyTheBible.com

    Book Summary:
    Pastor Andy Deane’s new book teaches you forty different step-by-step Bible study methods to help you discover, apply and enjoy God’s Word. Each practical method has a handwritten example to demonstrate it and make it easy for you to follow the steps. Learn how to study the Bible with so much variety that you’ll never get into the rut that routine brings ever again. Learn to Study the Bible has more Bible study methods than any other book out there!

    • http://hardwords.wordpress.com Aaron Armstrong

      Hi Shannon, that would be wonderful – I’ll send you an email with my mailing address. Thanks very much!

  • http://www.theajthomas.wordpress.com AJ

    If you are new to Aaron’s writing I highly recommend you read “Telling the Backstory” which is listed above. Deeply engaging stuff. : )

    • http://hardwords.wordpress.com Aaron Armstrong

      Nice plug, AJ :)

  • http://www.holy-19-harvest.com Third Millennium

    Talking about Jesus a lot, and loving God.
    Have a happy and a holy life, now and forever!

  • http:/awalkoffaith.wordpress.com Misha

    I am very impressed with your blog and how much time you have put into making it speak God’s Word. I just released my blog http://awalkoffaith.wordpress.com and am excited about how God will use it to transform the hearts of men and women who are hungry for the Word and are ready to walk with Him. It would mean the world to me if you could check out my blog and share it with those around you.

    God bless and thank you for taking the time to look at my blog.
    Michelle Jensen

    Do you have any prayer requests for your blog?

    • http://hardwords.wordpress.com Aaron Armstrong

      Hi Michelle,

      Thanks for your kind words and for the link to your blog. I’ve been checking it out a bit and enjoy it so far. You’re asking terrific questions.

      As for prayer requests, please pray for humility and wisdom; that would be much appreciated. And you?

  • http://anchorbuoy.blogspot.com Anchored

    Love the blog! Consistent thought-provoking posts. Keep it up, brother!

    • http://hardwords.wordpress.com Aaron Armstrong

      Thanks very much! I really appreciate the encouragement :)

      • chriscanuel

        Great blog, just added to my blog-roll…Blessings…

        • http://hardwords.wordpress.com Aaron Armstrong

          Thanks Chris! Blessings to you as well.

  • tsquare21


    This prayer is from Jesus that we may here from Him, that He may meet our needs. It only consist of three simple steps.

    1) We need to read one scripture. This will focus us in the word that brings everlasting life.

    2) Since this prayer is from Jesus we need to direct our prayer to Him personally. To often Christian focus they’re prayer’s to G_D the father. Scripture proclaims that Jesus should be the focus of our prayer.

    3) The simplest part of this Prayer is to ask Jesus one question. Please, all that is required for this question is to make it simple. Let Jesus Himself finish the question when He gives you that understanding through prayer.

    The PRAYER

    The scripture that is the focus of this prayer is “ACTS 2:38”. It’s not necessary to do any study into this scripture. Jesus Himself willl bestow the understanding that will resonate in your heart.

    The most important part of this prayer is that we need to direct our prayer directly to Jesus. If you normally would say Father in your prayer, change your focus from the Father to Christ Jesus by lifting Jesus name up every time you would normally use Father in your prayer.

    Maybe the hardest part of this prayer is the question that we need to ask Jesus. For man as we are, always try to understand the question and may add many additional quires. The simplest question is all that is required.

    Simply ask Jesus ‘WHY, Jesus why’

  • bucknellarts

    Greetings! I’m with Doctrines In the Kitchen and discovered your blog there. I attend Harvest Bible Chapel in Carson City, Nevada – a new church plant.

    • http://www.bloggingtheologically.com Aaron Armstrong

      Awesome! How are things at Harvest Carson City so far?

  • JoeyK

    Hey Aaron, I’m a fan of your blogs now.  :)

    • http://www.bloggingtheologically.com Aaron Armstrong

      Cool, thanks Joey!

  • http://www.charlielyons.ca/ Charlie Lyons

    Aaron… I just came across your blog via @upwardcall and must say that I’ll be back… via RSS and, I’m sure, more of Kim’s RTs. :)

    BTW, if you’re at Harvest, London, you must know Shannon McConnell… say “hi” to him from me. :)

    Blessings, man!

  • http://twitter.com/kirraantrobus Kirra Antrobus

    I’m looking for people to submit their testimonies for my Wednesday Witness feature on my blog. If you’re interested, you can check out my submissions page.
    http://kirraantrobus.blogspot.com/p/submissions.html If you’re not interested, I would appreciate if you would share with your readers in case they might be interested. Thank you!

  • Jan Hegelein

    Hi Aaron – love your blog and your succint reviews! I especially appreciated your comment, “There is no greater comfort for us than what’s found in the Scriptures. Christian, look nowhere else.” Challenging, equipping and encouraging others to stretch and grow in Christ is my passion. To this end I have written a collection of bible devotions and reflections “Throwing Grapes and Moving Mountains”. Would you be willng to take a look at this for a review? I would be happy to forward a copy. Two of the devotions are also posted on scribd.com. Thanks!

  • John

    Aaron, I need to change the email address on file for the mailing list. How do I do that?