About David Smith

David C. Smith (@_DavidCSmith) is married to Kendalyn, his lifelong friend. He is a priest for Family Ministries at Church of the Resurrection in Flower Mound, TX. He is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, earning a Master of Theology with a dual emphasis in New Testament and Historical Theology. He loves to read, write, do Crossfit, try new food and drinks, play video games, and meet new people in new places.

How to Pray as a Family at Home? Here Are Some Tips for Family Prayer

Family Prayer, sometimes called Family Worship, is a cornerstone activity of the Christian family’s life. In it, we come together to sing, read Scripture, and pray. Yet, this activity can feel daunting and unfamiliar. What do we read? What do we pray? How long should it be? How often should we do Family Prayer? My goal is to help you [...]

By |2020-04-29T10:46:43-05:00April 29th, 2020|Categories: Daily Office & Prayer|Tags: , |3 Comments

Should We Pray Written Prayers? Didn’t Jesus Tell Us Not to Repeat Prayers?

Jesus teaches us how to pray by example and by explicit teaching. Embedded within the Sermon on the Mount written in the Gospel according to Matthew, there is an instruction from Jesus that seems to speak directly against repeating our prayers to God. “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and [...]

By |2020-04-14T17:05:11-05:00April 16th, 2020|Categories: Daily Office & Prayer|Tags: |4 Comments

How to Do Morning Prayer in the ACNA’s 2019 Book of Common Prayer

Where do I start? Whether you're a Rookie Anglican or just "Angli-curious," perhaps you’ve heard of this new Book of Common Prayer 2019 (BCP 2019) and are asking yourself, “What is this thing?” or "How do I use it?" We've put together a "Rookie Anglican Guide" to the BCP 2019 for more information. However, if you'd like to dive right [...]

Why You Should Read Scot McKnight’s New Book about Infant Baptism

I was baptized as a (very slightly) older child when I was 6 years old. I was baptized because I had decided to follow Jesus and “accept him into my heart,” as I said at the time. For the next 17 years, I was confident that only professing believers should be baptized. I no longer believe that, but as someone [...]

By |2019-05-22T11:54:22-05:00September 10th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

Week of the Sunday from July 3 to July 9: A Collect Reflection

Week of the Sunday from July 3 to July 9 Grant us, O Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who can do no good thing apart from you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:35:09-06:00July 8th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , |0 Comments

Week of the Sunday from May 29 to June 4: A Collect Reflection

Week of the Sunday from May 29 to June 4 O God, the protector of all those who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy, that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal that we lose not the things eternal; grant this, [...]

By |2019-08-20T16:56:47-05:00June 2nd, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , |0 Comments

The Second Sunday in Advent: A Collect Reflection

This post, in addition to being a part of Rookie Anglican, is part of a series on the Collects of the Christian Year (ACNA), called “Collect Reflections.” If you’re just jumping in, make sure to check out the introductory post, “Announcing Collect Reflections.” All Collect Reflection posts can be found here. Collect for the Second Sunday of Advent Blessed Lord, who caused [...]

An Anglican Spider Bite: My Journey into the Anglican Way

This post is a part of Rookie Anglican, a blog dedicated to making Anglicanism accessible. An Anglican Spider Bite My Anglican journey began in a class about the theology of the early Church – specifically, with a particular article. Before we read J.N.D. Kelly’s Early Christian Doctrines, our professor wanted us to read a short biographical article on him by [...]