About Jack King

Jack joined Anglican Pastor as a writer in February, 2014. He is a native of Knoxville, TN and serves as rector of Apostles Anglican Church in his hometown. Before serving at Apostles, Jack served Methodist churches in Knoxville and Gateshead, England. In England, Jack discovered his love for the Anglican tradition that would later become his spiritual home. He was ordained an Anglican priest in 2008 on his 30th birthday. Jack is married to Emily and they have two young children. Jack received a B.A. in History from Samford University and a Masters of Divinity from Duke Divinity School.

Monday of Holy Week: A Collect Reflection

Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the Cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with [...]

By |2020-04-06T07:49:30-05:00April 6th, 2020|Categories: Church Year|Tags: , |0 Comments

Go to the Nearby Wilderness This Advent

In the middle of Advent, we encounter John the Baptist in the desert. In fact, every year, Anglicans devote half of Advent to the prophet of the wilderness, John the Baptist. Yes, Lent is the most obvious wilderness season of the Church’s year—a full 40 days and then some to seek the Lord in the desert with prayer and fasting. [...]

By |2019-12-12T11:41:05-06:00December 12th, 2019|Categories: Church Year|Tags: |0 Comments

Get Dirty: 3 Reasons Why We Should Observe Rogation Days

The sixth Sunday of Eastertide, known as Rogation Sunday, is a day that Anglican pastors should get dirt on their vestments. This is not only encouraged, it’s expected. The psalmist said ‘all flesh is like grass,’ so it’s good that the people of God walk along grass in worship and praise a few times a year. Rogation Days are a [...]

By |2020-01-14T10:21:49-06:00May 24th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year, Liturgy & Worship, Opinion|Tags: |0 Comments

How to Practice an Advent “Calendar Fast”

“I’m sorry, I won’t be able to make it. I have other plans on the calendar.” It’s an ordinary exchange between friends throughout the year, a response that occurs more frequently in December given holiday parties, concerts, and family gatherings. Most people understand and respect the need for boundaries with personal and family calendars, especially in December. But what if [...]

By |2019-01-08T17:10:44-06:00December 13th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: |0 Comments

The Key Difference Between the Similar Seasons of Advent and Lent

Purple Seasons of Preparation About ten Sundays a year, purple vestments and altar hangings adorn sanctuaries in Anglican churches. Purple signals the season of Advent and the beginning of a new Christian year, either the last Sunday of November or the first Sunday in December. Then follow the seasons of Christmastide, Epiphany, and the season after Epiphany. Purple returns on [...]

By |2019-01-13T17:59:55-06:00December 6th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , |0 Comments

Week of the Sunday from September 4 to September 10: A Collect Reflection

O Lord God, grant your people grace to withstand the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil, and with pure hearts and minds to follow you, the only God; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. Seeking the Way of Repentance in All [...]

By |2019-06-13T16:21:55-05:00September 8th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: |0 Comments

Week of the Sunday from August 28 to September 3: A Collect Reflection

O Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow after us, that we may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. The Value of Hand-me-down Vestments Every Sunday when I vest for worship, I wear two [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:34:41-06:00September 1st, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: |0 Comments

Spiritual Renewal for the Dog Days of Summer

Summer I and Summer II Summer seems to be two seasons in one. One really should distinguish between Summer I and Summer II, for they are vastly different, both in the weather of the world and the weather of the soul. Summer I Beginning on Memorial Day weekend and ending around the Fourth of July (or that great midsummer American [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:35:01-06:00July 30th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism|2 Comments

Good Boundaries Won’t Save You From Burnout

I almost didn’t make it. A season of extended rest–a 12 week sabbatical–awaited me in September 2015. But as my church prepared for this sabbatical a year prior (yes, it takes several months of planning), I discussed a provisional plan with my senior warden and vestry. I was so tired that I might need to begin the sabbatical before September. [...]

By |2020-05-22T14:44:59-05:00June 20th, 2017|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , , |4 Comments

A Bridge to the Season of Lent

Next week Christians around the world will turn their hearts and minds–and foreheads–to Ash Wednesday. Inside seven days of Ash Wednesdays, people begin pondering and discussing what their Lenten practices will be this year. Worship pastors and musicians select hymns and worship songs to ensure we have plenty of ‘alleluias’ before that word of praise goes silent for forty days. [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:38:14-06:00February 23rd, 2017|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Spiritual Preparation for Election Day

The third presidential debate is over. Thanks be to God. Both major candidates have made their arguments. Independent and down-ballot candidates have made their case for the presidency, too. American Christians have more than enough information to discern their presidential choice, even if discernment is ongoing and that choice has not yet been made. We’re not impoverished for information; we [...]

The Anglican Pastor’s Guide to Email Sanity

Here’s a statement I’ve never heard from anyone serving in ministry: “I love email!” Pastors commit their lives to serve God and his church for numerous reasons. Some love preaching the Gospel; some love offering pastoral care in nursing homes, hospitals, or prisons; others walk alongside students through teenage and college years. No matter the vocation in ministry, communication with [...]

By |2016-09-22T11:18:46-05:00September 22nd, 2016|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , |1 Comment

Preaching Like a TED Talk?

Sir Ken Robinson is a first-class speaker. I’ll never forget the first time I heard and watched his enthralling TED talk on the systemic flaws of education in our time. I listened to Robinson’s TED talk in the animated adaptation by the brilliant folk at RSA Animate. Robinson describes how the modes and methods of public education stifle the inborn [...]

By |2019-01-01T19:28:49-06:00April 17th, 2016|Categories: For Pastors, Preaching|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Praying Good Friday Over My Family

‘There’s no excuse for not praying for your wife and children every single day.’ I’ll never forget this exhortation my spiritual director gave me several years ago. I already knew the importance of praying for my family, but I needed someone to awaken my heart to this crucial calling of prayer as a father. Ever since, I’ve sought to practice, [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:39:40-06:00March 23rd, 2016|Categories: Anglicanism, Daily Office & Prayer|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Compline To Complete the Day

‘The Lord Almighty grant us a peaceful night and a perfect end." Thus begins Compline, the final service of the Daily Office. We ask for the grace and peace of God during the long night hours ahead. We ask for ‘a perfect end.’ Then follows a brief confession of sin to end the day, but to me, a confession has [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:40:54-06:00February 2nd, 2016|Categories: Anglicanism, Daily Office & Prayer|Tags: , |4 Comments

Music for the Daily Office

About midway through my sabbatical, I began a small project that was completely unplanned. I began assembling resources to pray the Daily Offices using the catalogue of albums available on Apple Music. The project began as a result of trying to find my way through a season of dryness with the Daily Office (more on that in a future post). [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:41:13-06:00December 4th, 2015|Categories: Anglicanism, Daily Office & Prayer|Tags: , , |3 Comments

Some Movember Spirituality

What does it mean to be a man in this culture? In my freshman year of college, the year when young men grow a beard perhaps for the first time in their lives, I had to face the obvious–my beard was weak. God just didn’t give me the chops to grow strong chops. There’s a section of my right jawline [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:41:33-06:00November 20th, 2015|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: |2 Comments

The Ache of All Saints Day

I cannot remember the last All Saints Sunday I sat in the pew instead of the chancel. But this All Saints Day I wasn’t collared and vested, leading the liturgy in the parish I serve. I was seated in a pew in another parish because I’m taking a sabbatical this autumn. Where does an Anglican priest on sabbatical attend worship [...]

By |2019-01-08T17:36:18-06:00November 3rd, 2015|Categories: Anglicanism, Sacraments|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Receiving Love in Loss

On Trinity Sunday this year, I did not have the strength to lead worship. I needed to be present with my wife and children to grieve and rest. This May brought unexpected heartbreak, a shock we were not prepared following the anticipation of new life we had entering the spring. This past March I came to Apostles on an ordinary Lenten Sunday with [...]

By |2015-06-09T07:49:04-05:00June 9th, 2015|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , , |1 Comment

A Long Obedience In A Lenten Direction

A week before Ash Wednesday this year, I was preaching at a Christian high school to students who are just learning about the season of Lent. I find an excitement sharing the basics of spiritual seasons like Lent to people who are learning about the Christian calendar for the first time. As I teach others, I find myself learning the [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:45:09-06:00March 26th, 2015|Categories: Anglicanism|0 Comments

The Gospel of Ashes: A Priest’s Reflection

I’m standing behind the altar, preparing to wash my forefinger covered in ashes. Every year on a Wednesday in the late winter or early spring, I make this short walk from the floor of the nave to the credence table where I’ll dip my thumb and index finger in a soapy rinse. It’s one of those manual actions in the [...]

By |2016-03-24T12:19:51-05:00February 20th, 2015|Categories: For Pastors|1 Comment

What They Don’t Teach You In Seminary, Part 3: Practicing Sabbath

During my seminary years, teaching the theology of Sabbath was not scarce. In Old Testament courses, pastoral theology courses, and chapel services, I heard some excellent theological thinking on the Sabbath. I rarely saw sabbath practiced in community. The distance between thought and practice can become quite a chasm. Good ideas about the Sabbath can become one of the greatest [...]

By |2014-10-21T14:21:23-05:00October 21st, 2014|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , |0 Comments

What They Don’t Teach You in Seminary, Part 2: Personal Repentance

by Jack King Image courtesy of enchiner1 via Flickr.com; Creative Commons 2.0 ‘There is no theology apart from experience; it is necessary to change, to become a new man.’ –Vladmir Lossky ‘If you are a theologian, you truly pray; if you truly pray you are a theologian.’—Evagrius Ponticus If you visit any seminary website, schools will speak about [...]

By |2014-10-08T09:45:32-05:00October 8th, 2014|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , |2 Comments

What They Don’t Teach You In Seminary (Part I)

Duke Chapel image courtesy of Joe Loong via Flickr.com; Creative Commons 2.0 by Jack King The truth is that I could have attended 10 seminaries and never have been entirely prepared for ministry in the local church. I attended two different seminaries in my Masters of Divinity degree—Asbury Theological Seminary and Duke Divinity School. Both were really good [...]

By |2014-09-30T14:57:14-05:00September 30th, 2014|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: |0 Comments