About Joshua Steele

As Managing Editor, Josh is in charge of the day-to-day operations at Anglican Compass. He is a priest in the Anglican Church in North America, serving at Church of the Savior in Wheaton, IL (Diocese of C4SO). Josh is also a Ph.D. Candidate in theology at Wheaton College Graduate School. You can follow Josh on micro.blog, or learn more at joshuapsteele.com.

Logos 9: A Bible Software Review

If you regularly study the Bible—whether for preaching, teaching, or discipleship—you should take a look at Logos Bible Software. It’s a substantial financial investment, to be sure. But it’s a great way to upgrade your biblical and theological studies!

(Logos is an affiliate partner of Anglican Compass, and from now until June 15, you […]

By |2021-05-06T15:52:40-05:00May 6th, 2021|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , |0 Comments

Best Bible Study Resources: Revelation

One of the great things about the Daily Office Lectionary is that it takes you through the majority of the Bible every year. If you’d like to learn a bit more about the books of the Bible as you work your way through, we’re compiling these “Best Bible Study Resources” posts for every book of the Bible.

By |2021-04-01T12:23:43-05:00April 1st, 2021|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , |2 Comments

What even IS a sacrament, anyway? 🛁🍞🍷

The Curate, March 15, 2021.

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One of the terrible ironies of church history is that the sacraments, which are supposed to both enable and embody our unity as Christians, have often been the source of intense division.

By |2021-03-17T07:09:27-05:00March 17th, 2021|Categories: Sacraments, The Curate|0 Comments

🙏 How to pray the Anglican way [Welcome to The Curate!]

Welcome to The Curate (pronounced “kyoor-it”), a weekly curated email newsletter (get it?!) from Anglican Compass with the very best of Anglicanism, liturgy, sacraments, prayer, etc.!

(NOTE: This post was originally an email sent to our subscribers on March 1, 2021.)

Whether you’re Anglican or not, if you’d like your walk with Christ to benefit from […]

By |2021-05-12T07:02:28-05:00March 1st, 2021|Categories: The Curate|Tags: , |0 Comments

The Historical Dictionary of Anglicanism by Colin Buchanan (Brief Book Review)

The 2015 second edition of Bishop Colin Buchanan’s Historical Dictionary of Anglicanism, published by Rowman & Littlefield, is an extraordinarily comprehensive and informative resource for getting a grasp on the historical breadth and depth of the Anglican tradition.

Yes, the book is expensive, but it would be well worth the expense for an Anglican […]

By |2021-02-10T16:56:25-06:00February 10th, 2021|Categories: Anglicanism, History|Tags: , |0 Comments

A People’s Companion to Holy Communion (Brief Book Review)

The Seabury Society has published a slim volume called A People’s Companion to Holy Communion, meant to function as a guided tour through the Holy Communion service in the ACNA’s 2019 Prayer Book. As explained in the Preface, this book builds upon the 1914 work of Bernard Iddings Bell, The People’s Book of the Holy […]

By |2021-02-10T16:56:57-06:00February 10th, 2021|Categories: Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , |1 Comment

A Way with Words by Daniel Darling (Brief Book Review)

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I despair about the quality of online conversations among Christians. I’m sure that every tribe has their issues, but we Anglicans can be particularly menacing in Twitter threads and Facebook comments. We’re trying to chart a better, “clarity and charity” path forward here at Anglican Compass, but it’s tough to do! […]

By |2021-02-10T17:01:26-06:00February 10th, 2021|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , |0 Comments

Learning Theology through the Church’s Worship by Dennis Okholm (Review)

Theology and worship are, or at least ought to be, inseparable. Furthermore, every Christian is a theologian, not just the academics. And we Christians should follow the examples of our early brothers and sisters in Christ who “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42). What a fine […]

By |2021-02-10T17:01:14-06:00February 2nd, 2021|Categories: Miscellaneous, Theology|Tags: , |1 Comment

What’s the difference between the 1979 and 2019 Book of Common Prayer? Which Prayer Book should I buy?

I get a fair number of great questions from our readers via our contact form (which goes straight to my email inbox). I’m going to start sharing some common questions and my answers in these blog posts. I hope they’re helpful. If you have a clear, charitable suggestion for how my answer to a given question might be improved, […]

By |2020-12-22T10:33:48-06:00December 22nd, 2020|Categories: Anglicanism, Editorial|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Top 20 of 2020: The Most Popular Content on Anglican Compass

Let’s be honest. 2020 has been quite a rough year!

Nevertheless, I trust that the Lord has proven himself faithful to provide for you, your families, and your churches in these difficult days.

It’s also been a busy year here at Anglican Compass!

In addition to publishing Simply Anglican, The Rector and The Vestry, When the Lord is My Shepherd, […]

By |2020-12-21T11:04:15-06:00December 21st, 2020|Categories: Editorial|0 Comments

Are Anglican Priests Allowed to Marry? I Sure Hope So!

Can Anglican priests get married? What about deacons? Bishops?

As a married Anglican priest myself, I’m happy to report that the answer is “Yes“!

As Article 32 of the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion puts it:

Of the Marriage of Priests
Bishops, priests and deacons are not commanded by God’s law, either to vow the estate of single life, or to abstain from marriage; therefore […]

By |2020-12-07T16:06:08-06:00December 2nd, 2020|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Can You Imagine? A Letter from the Managing Editor

As 2020 comes to a close, and a new liturgical year has just begun, I’m convinced that Anglicanism has something to offer Christ’s Church in these difficult days.

Sure, we Anglicans have our problems just like everyone else. We should be humble and self-critical. But our tradition contains rhythms and resources that, I believe, the […]

By |2020-12-07T16:06:11-06:00December 2nd, 2020|Categories: Editorial|Tags: , |0 Comments

Advent: A Rookie Anglican Guide (UPDATED 2020)

(Note: Anglican Compass has a book about Advent! Check out A Thrill of Hope: Celebrating Advent at Home [Revised and Expanded for 2020], by Ashley Wallace!)


What is Advent?

Advent is the first season of the Church year. It lasts for four weeks leading up […]

By |2021-01-07T14:17:06-06:00November 23rd, 2020|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Don’t Miss The Christian Essentials Series from Lexham Press (A Review)

When it comes to learning the essentials of the Christian faith, there’s no need to reinvent the wheel (in fact, please don’t!).

Christians have covered the basics in a process of instruction and learning called “catechesis” for centuries. And documents used for this purposed (called “catechisms”) have frequently focused on the Apostles’ Creed, the […]

By |2020-11-02T16:48:11-06:00October 27th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , , |0 Comments

What’s the Difference Between Simply Anglican and The Anglican Way?

In case you haven’t heard, we recently published Simply Anglican: An Ancient Faith for Today’s World by Winfield Bevins (#1 New Release in Anglican Christianity!).

It’s an easy-to-read introduction to Anglicanism, prompting many of our readers to ask “What’s the difference between Simply Anglican and The […]

By |2021-01-07T14:17:53-06:00September 22nd, 2020|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , |1 Comment

Help Us Promote “Simply Anglican” by Winfield Bevins!

Our latest Anglican Compass book, Simply Anglican by Winfield Bevins, is out! We could use your help in spreading the word!

If you’re interested in learning more about the Anglican tradition, Simply Anglican is the clear and charitable guide you’ve been waiting for. Winfield Bevins provides an accessible overview of Anglican history, theology, and […]

By |2021-01-07T14:17:37-06:00September 21st, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: |2 Comments

Best Bible Study Resources: The Pastoral Epistles

One of the great things about the Daily Office Lectionary is that it takes you through the majority of the Bible every year. If you’d like to learn a bit more about the books of the Bible as you work your way through, we’re compiling these “Bible Study Resources” posts for every book of the Bible.

(If you know of […]

By |2020-07-16T13:52:35-05:00July 16th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: |0 Comments

Best Bible Study Resources: Ezra and Nehemiah

One of the great things about the Daily Office Lectionary is that it takes you through the majority of the Bible every year. If you’d like to learn a bit more about the books of the Bible as you work your way through, we’re compiling these “Best Bible Study Resources” posts for every book of the Bible.

(If you know […]

By |2020-07-16T13:14:37-05:00July 16th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: |0 Comments

Compassion (&) Conviction: The AND Campaign’s Guide to Faithful Civic Engagement (Review)

If you’d like to know what Anglican Compass’s values of “clarity & charity” could look like in the public sphere, this book from The AND Campaign is a brief yet surprisingly broad and practical guide.


Here at Anglican Compass, we’re all about “clarity & charity.”

  • Clarity: We’re committed to maintaining Christian orthodoxy (including a traditional sexual ethic) and communicating […]
By |2020-07-14T10:07:33-05:00July 16th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , |0 Comments

The Future of Orthodox Anglicanism (Review)

With an admirable diversity of contributors, this book is a bracingly informative look at the challenges involved, even within “orthodox Anglicanism,” in defining what it means to be an Anglican Christian.


What is Anglicanism? Good Question!

In September 2018, Beeson Divinity School held its first […]

By |2021-01-07T14:19:08-06:00June 12th, 2020|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , |2 Comments

Ascension Day: A Collect Reflection

Ascension Day

Almighty God, whose only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven: May our hearts and minds also there ascend, and with him continually dwell; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Some Collect Housekeeping

Note that the ACNA collect is a bit different from the two collects for Ascension […]

By |2020-05-21T16:50:56-05:00May 21st, 2020|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , |0 Comments

A Review of “Uncommon Ground: Living Faithfully in a World of Difference,” Edited by Timothy Keller and John Inazu

Timothy Keller and John Inazu—along with 10 other contributors, ranging from Tish Harrison Warren to Lecrae—have put together a book that describes “how Christians can engage with those around us, while both respecting people whose beliefs differ from our own and maintaining our gospel confidence” (xi). They are looking for a way forward […]

By |2020-07-07T16:06:40-05:00May 14th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Rogation Days: A Rookie Anglican Guide

Days of fasting and prayer in the midst of a feast season seem counterintuitive. However, Rogation Days remind us that our lives and seasons are in God’s hands.

What does “Rogation” mean?

“Rogation” comes from the Latin noun rogatio, meaning “asking” (the verb is rogare, “to ask”).

When are the Rogation Days?

The Sixth Sunday of Easter (the fifth Sunday after Easter […]

By |2021-01-07T14:23:46-06:00May 13th, 2020|Categories: Church Year|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Anglican Definition: What Does “Anglican” Mean?

What does “Anglican” mean? This is a great, common, complicated question!

First, let’s get this out of the way: It’s “ANGLican,” not “ANGELican.” We don’t worship angels!

“Anglican” Means “English”

Next, let’s go to Merriam-Webster. On its own, the word “Anglican” simply means “English”—“of or relating to England or the English nation.” When applied to a segment of the Christian Church, it means […]

By |2021-01-07T14:23:10-06:00April 23rd, 2020|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , |1 Comment