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About Greg Goebel

Greg is a coach and consultant to pastors and leaders. He is the founder of Anglican Compass (previously known as Anglican Pastor). He is an Anglican Priest of the Anglican Church in North America. He served in a non-denominational church before being called into the Anglican church in 2003. He has served as a Church Planter, Rector, and Canon. Email him at greg@pastorcoach.net for a free session.

¿Por qué obispos?

Pastor Anglicano” is a collaboration between Anglican Pastor and Caminemos Juntos to deliver translated and original content in Spanish.

The English original of the following piece is: Why Bishops? by Greg Goebel.


Los anglicanos fueron una de las pocas iglesias reformadas que retuvieron a los obispos como bíblicos e históricos. La mayoría de los otros grupos, en nuestra humilde opinión, confundieron […]

By |2019-10-03T11:15:53-05:00October 3rd, 2019|Categories: Pastor Anglicano|Tags: , |0 Comments

¿Sigues siendo carismático?

“Pastor Anglicano” is a collaboration between Anglican Pastor and Caminemos Juntos to deliver translated and original content in Spanish.

The English original of the following piece is: “Are You Still Charismatic?” by Greg Goebel.


Habiendo crecido y pastoreado dentro de la tradición pentecostal/carismática, las personas a menudo me preguntan si todavía soy un carismático, ahora que soy anglicano.

Afortunadamente, […]

By |2019-07-18T15:07:47-05:00July 18th, 2019|Categories: Pastor Anglicano|Tags: |0 Comments

Leyendo la Escritura en el Culto Anglicano

Los Anglicanos suelen leen cuatro pasajes de las Escrituras durante el culto dominical del domingo. En voz alta.

Lo mismo ocurre con tradiciones como la Católica Romana, Ortodoxa, Luterana y otras. No estamos compitiendo con nuestros compañeros creyentes en otras tradiciones, pero sí leemos muchas más Escrituras en nuestra adoración que la mayoría de muchas iglesias llamadas “Bíblicas.”

¿Por qué hacemos esto? ¿Cómo seleccionamos las […]

By |2019-07-09T17:03:47-05:00July 11th, 2019|Categories: Pastor Anglicano|0 Comments

Bautismo Infantil: ¿Por qué los Anglicanos Bautizan a los Bebés?

¿Por qué bautizar a los infantes?

El verso lema anglicano para niños tendría que ser: “Dejen que los niños vengan a mí y no los obstaculicen, porque a tales pertenece el reino de los cielos”.

Comenzando muy temprano en la vida de la Iglesia cristiana, los niños cristianos fueron vistos como miembros de la comunidad de fe del pacto. Así como Israel llevó […]

By |2019-07-02T17:33:04-05:00July 4th, 2019|Categories: Pastor Anglicano, Sacraments|Tags: , , |0 Comments

¿Qué Creen los Anglicanos sobre la Santa Comunión?

¿Qué creen los Anglicanos acerca de la Santa Comunión? Esto puede ser difícil de precisar.

En primer lugar, porque la Santa Comunión tiene muchos nombres:

  • La Misa,
  • la Eucaristía,
  • la Cena del Señor,
  • O simplemente la Comunión.

Sin embargo, la Santa Comunión se describe en el Artículo 28 (XXVIII) de los […]

By |2019-06-28T15:54:09-05:00June 28th, 2019|Categories: Pastor Anglicano, Sacraments|0 Comments

Hopelessness on the Road to Emmaus

By John Rivenbark.

John Rivenbark was a priest candidate who served for many years as a pastor, teacher, and Christian Formation director. He passed into the arms of Jesus on the eve of Ascension in 2018 after a long battle with cancer. John’s teaching and preaching had a profound affect on me, and […]

By |2019-05-09T16:05:36-05:00May 9th, 2019|Categories: Miscellaneous, Theology|Tags: , |1 Comment

A Case of the Easter Mondays

Today is Easter Monday!

Yes, Easter is a 50 day season and today is the first weekday of that season. Each day of the week during the week after Easter is marked out for special emphasis.

Here’s the Collect for Easter Monday:

Grant, we pray, Almighty God, that we who celebrate with reverence the Paschal feast may be made worthy to attain […]

By |2019-04-21T16:47:22-05:00April 22nd, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , |2 Comments

The Great Fifty Days of Easter: A Rookie Anglican Guide to Eastertide

Easter Sunday is only the beginning!

A great fifty-day feast (known as “Eastertide,” “Easter Season,” or “Easter Time,” as well as “Paschaltide,” “Paschal Season,” or “Paschal Time”) kicks off on Easter Day. In the Church Year, this is quite literally fifty days of feasting.

Easter is the high point of the Church Year. So it makes sense that we would party […]

REVIEW: “Blessed, Broken, Given,” by Glenn Packiam

How does the Christian table meal shape us as individuals and as the church? Why is bread at the center of Jesus’ meal? What does this have to do with feeding a spiritually and physically hungry world?

Glenn Packiam, associate senior pastor and Anglican Priest serving at New Life Church, Colorado Springs, has written a book with pastorally accessible, theologically […]

By |2019-03-11T20:58:20-05:00March 11th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Sacraments|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Tailored vs. Traditional: Why Not Do Your Own Thing for Lent?

I’m busy planning out my personalized Lent. I need to decide what to give up. I need to decide what to give away. I need to pick books to read and do things that are tailored to my own personal, spiritual needs.

Lent arrives soon. Am I ready? There are so many choices to make.

Or are there?

A Traditional Lent

If I […]

By |2020-01-14T10:21:57-06:00February 28th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year, Opinion|Tags: |4 Comments

The War on Advent

You have heard of the supposed War on Christmas. But the real war is not about whether retailers use the word Christmas during December or not. In fact, it is not even the Christmas season until Christmas day anyway.

The real war is happening in many American churches. It’s not a war on Christmas, its a war on Advent, and I […]

By |2020-12-23T16:13:21-06:00December 5th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year, Opinion|Tags: |23 Comments

3 Conservative Christian Heresies

In the conservative Christian movement, we hear and talk a lot about liberal or progressive heresies. But those heresies are the low-hanging fruit of theology.

That is, it’s easy to point out that universalism, denying Christ’s divinity, re-writing sexual ethics to conform with popular whim, or turning the Bible into a secondary historic curiosity with no authority are heresies.

Those things have […]

By |2020-05-13T08:28:50-05:00October 16th, 2018|Categories: Opinion|Tags: |16 Comments

How to Receive Communion, Part 2: A Practical Guide

My last post discussed receiving communion by faith, and was more about our understanding of the spiritual aspects of communion.

This post is just plain practical.

We all want to reverently receive communion, not get in anyone’s way or spill anything, and to not have any surprises. But the surprises and spills will happen. Even though we intend to avoid it, […]

By |2019-01-08T17:35:55-06:00October 5th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Sacraments|Tags: , |20 Comments

How to Receive Communion, Part 1: Receiving with Faith

First time I visited an Anglican church, I was afraid to go forward for communion for two reasons.

  1. First, I had no idea how you were supposed to receive it. Dip the bread? Drink the cup? Bow, kneel, make the sign of the cross? It kinda seemed like everyone was doing something different.
  2. Second, I wasn’t sure how to receive in […]
By |2019-01-08T17:36:02-06:00October 5th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Sacraments|Tags: , |7 Comments

Why Every Church Should Have Weekly Sunday Communion Like the Anglicans Do

There was a long period where many Anglican churches didn’t have communion every Sunday. They would have morning prayer for a few weeks, and then a Holy Communion once a month or so.

But a movement called Parish Communion successfully restored the tradition around the world. Today, most (but not all) Anglican churches celebrate Holy Communion every week on Sunday. And […]

By |2019-01-08T17:36:03-06:00September 5th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Sacraments|Tags: , , |6 Comments

I Don’t Want a Celebration of Life, I Want a Burial Service

When I die, please don’t call my burial service a Celebration of Life. Don’t get me wrong, I hope that people will want to celebrate my life. I just don’t want this to replace my Christian burial.

I want to be buried according to the rites of a Christian. I want to be one more brother in Christ, saved by grace, […]

By |2019-01-06T18:36:51-06:00August 30th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , , , , |19 Comments

The Sign of the Cross: What It Is and Why It Matters

Why do Anglicans make the sign of the cross? When do they do it? How do they do it?

I serve in the South, so usually, the question goes: “Why do ya’ll cross yourselves?”

Often this is followed by “Isn’t that superstitious, like the baseball players who sign themselves before batting? Isn’t […]

By |2020-05-18T17:10:41-05:00August 22nd, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , |30 Comments

What are the Anglican Vestments?

This post about Anglican vestments first appeared on June 29, 2016. Updated on August 21, 2018.


Anglican Vestments Can Be Confusing

I knew almost nothing about Anglican vestments when I first visited an Anglican church. My only experience of robes was graduations—and that one time my dad wore a hilarious robe with colorful puffies glued onto it by a friend, as […]

By |2021-03-08T09:48:08-06:00August 21st, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , |31 Comments

Week of the Sunday from July 31 to August 6: A Collect Reflection

Week of the Sunday from July 31 to August 6

Almighty and merciful God, it is only by your grace that your faithful people offer you true and laudable service: Grant that we may run without stumbling to obtain your heavenly promises; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy […]

By |2019-01-04T22:34:59-06:00August 4th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , |0 Comments

Week of the Sunday from June 5 to June 11: A Collect Reflection

Week of the Sunday from June 5 to June 11

Grant, O Lord, that the course of this world may be so peaceably ordered in your providence, that your Church may joyfully serve you in all godly quietness and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. […]

By |2019-08-20T16:56:43-05:00June 9th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , |1 Comment

Pastor’s Journal: Scorn Has No Place For Christ’s Followers

Pastor’s Journal is a series of reflections by Canon Greg Goebel. 


Scorn, used as a noun, is the feeling or belief that something is worthless or contemptible.  Used as a verb, it describes an expression of contempt or derision.

Jesus Christ was scorned on the cross. People mocked him, spit on him, and derided him. He was declared worthless and contemptible […]

By |2019-01-04T22:35:32-06:00May 3rd, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: |1 Comment

Anglican Worship: Where Does It Say In the Bible to Do That?

As an Anglican Priest, I’m often asked where in the Bible some Anglican worship practice is commanded. The assumption is that we should only do what the Bible expressly commands us to do.

The thinking goes: If the Bible doesn’t say to burn candles, then we shouldn’t burn candles. If the Bible doesn’t tell us to wear vestments (ceremonial robes), then […]

By |2019-01-08T13:57:17-06:00May 3rd, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, History|7 Comments

Second Sunday of Easter: A Collect Reflection

The Second Sunday of Easter

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, […]

By |2019-03-08T15:47:36-06:00April 6th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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