About Joshua Steele

As Managing Editor, Josh is in charge of the day-to-day operations at Anglican Pastor. 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. student in theology at Wheaton College. You can follow Josh on micro.blog, or learn more at joshuapsteele.com.

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 [...]

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 for the church in a society where [...]

By |2020-05-14T09:01:07-05:00May 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 [...]

By |2020-05-13T15:19:05-05:00May 13th, 2020|Categories: Church Year|Tags: , |1 Comment

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 [...]

By |2020-05-08T14:34:12-05:00April 23rd, 2020|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: |1 Comment

Wednesday of Holy Week: A Collect Reflection

Assist us mercifully with your grace, Lord God of our salvation, that we may enter with joy upon the meditation of those mighty acts by which you have promised us life and immortality; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen. If you’ve ever had a [...]

By |2020-04-06T09:39:24-05:00April 8th, 2020|Categories: Church Year|Tags: , |0 Comments

Palm Sunday: A Collect Reflection

The Collect for Palm Sunday Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon himself our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also [...]

Here Are the Holy Week Liturgies from the 2019 Book of Common Prayer

We recently received a question from a reader looking for "Good Friday liturgies that would work well for home worship," given the global COVID–19 pandemic. Greg Goebel pointed out that the 2019 BCP's Good Friday service could easily be adapted for use at home. If you're looking for liturgical materials for Holy Week and Easter, you should know that you [...]

By |2020-04-02T16:32:49-05:00April 2nd, 2020|Categories: Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , |0 Comments

Here’s a Bookmarked, Easy-to-Navigate PDF of the ACNA’s 2019 Book of Common Prayer

The Anglican Church in North America's 2019 Book of Common Prayer is available for free online here. However, I've heard that people are looking for an easy-to-navigate bookmarked PDF. (Granted, an app or something like http://www.bcponline.org/ would be better! But for now a PDF must suffice.) Special thanks are due to Matthew Heflin, who took the time to go through [...]

By |2020-03-14T15:22:23-05:00March 14th, 2020|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: |0 Comments

We’re Expanding Anglican Pastor into a New Family of Resources Called Anglican Compass!

Announcing Anglican Compass: Your Guide to Anglican Life! In order to better meet the needs of our growing audience, we are expanding Anglican Pastor into a new family of resources called Anglican Compass. We're not losing anything in this transition, we're expanding! Anglican Pastor will continue to exist as our "For Pastors" channel of Anglican Compass. Rookie Anglican will continue [...]

By |2020-03-01T11:20:09-06:00March 1st, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|0 Comments

What Do Anglicans Believe about Scripture, Prayer, and Worship? A Brief Overview of Anglican Spirituality

The following is an excerpt from the Anglican Church in North America’s catechism, To Be a Christian: An Anglican Catechism (Crossway, 2020), pp. 81–87. You can download a PDF of the entire catechism here. A Rule of Prayer: Scripture, Prayer, and Worship 224. What is a “rule” of prayer? A rule of prayer is a regular discipline by which I cultivate a life [...]

What Do Anglicans Believe about the Creeds and Holy Scripture?

From The ACNA Catechism The following is an excerpt from the Anglican Church in North America’s catechism, To Be a Christian: An Anglican Catechism (Crossway, 2020), pp. 29–35. You can download a PDF of the entire catechism here. The Apostles' Creed and the Life of Faith All genuine Christians affirm that authentic Christianity is apostolic Christianity. Apostolic Christianity rests on the historic, eyewitness [...]

By |2020-02-12T17:48:04-06:00February 11th, 2020|Categories: Anglicanism, Theology|Tags: , , |0 Comments

What Do Anglicans Believe about the Sacraments? (Baptism, Holy Communion, Confirmation, Ordination, Marriage, Absolution, Anointing of the Sick)

From The ACNA Catechism The following is an excerpt from the Anglican Church in North America's catechism, To Be a Christian: An Anglican Catechism (Crossway, 2020), pp. 55–63. You can download a PDF of the entire catechism here. Concerning Sacraments 121. What is a sacrament? A sacrament is an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace. God [...]

By |2020-02-12T17:52:10-06:00February 10th, 2020|Categories: Anglicanism, Sacraments|Tags: , |2 Comments

Want to Learn More about Christianity and Anglicanism? Read the ACNA’s New Catechism

As an update to the 2014 “Working Edition,” The Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) has released the “Approved Edition” of its catechism: To Be a Christian: An Anglican Catechism (Crossway, 2020). (You can download a free and easy-to-navigate PDF of the catechism by clicking here.) In case you’re unfamiliar with the term, a “catechism” is “a text used for [...]

By |2020-02-10T13:04:57-06:00February 10th, 2020|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , |5 Comments

Ask the Editors! An Interview with Greg Goebel and Joshua Steele about Anglican Pastor’s New Lent Book

Who is this book for? This book is for anyone and everyone interested in the ancient Christian season of Lent. If you’ve never observed Lent before, there’s plenty to learn! But even if you’ve been observing Lent for a long time, we trust that the personal reflections and collect reflections we’ve assembled will add richness and depth to your Lenten [...]

By |2020-02-05T17:52:27-06:00February 6th, 2020|Categories: Church Year|Tags: , |0 Comments

Epiphany and Epiphanytide: A Rookie Anglican Guide

What is Epiphany? Epiphany is a Christian feast day celebrated on January 6 every year. It's also known as "Three Kings' Day." As mentioned in our Rookie Anglican Guide to Advent, the Christian year begins with the season of Advent, which leads up to Christmas on December 25. Then come the 12 Days of Christmas (Dec. 25–Jan. 5), which lead [...]

By |2020-01-05T17:02:49-06:00January 5th, 2020|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , |2 Comments

Here’s a Bookmarked, Easy-to-Navigate PDF of the ACNA’s New Catechism

As the Anglican Church in North America just recently announced, the PDF of the new "Approved" edition of the Catechism is now available. Crossway will be publishing this edition of To Be a Christian: An Anglican Catechism in early 2020. You can pre-order a copy on Amazon here (affiliate link). I've added bookmarks to the ACNA's PDF. This makes the [...]

By |2019-12-10T11:52:09-06:00December 10th, 2019|Categories: Theology|Tags: |0 Comments

Ministry at Work: Meet Greg McBrayer, the Anglican Priest at the Heart of American Airlines

Perhaps our vision for "bi-vocational ministry" is far too small. That's what Fr. Greg McBrayer has me thinking. An Anglican priest and Chief Flight Dispatcher, he shows up to work at the world's largest airline in a clerical collar. Our own David Roseberry took the opportunity to interview Greg McBrayer on-site at the American Airlines Integrated Operations Center (IOC). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGGIE8VnIMs [...]

By |2019-12-02T19:55:44-06:00December 1st, 2019|Categories: For Pastors, Pastoral Ministry|Tags: , |0 Comments

The NEW Daily Office Booklet Is Here! September through December 2019

In case you didn't already get the news or the booklet through our email list, I wanted to let you know that Volume 3 of our Daily Office Booklet is out! You can purchase a physical copy of the booklet here. You can give us your email address in exchange for a PDF of the booklet here. This booklet will [...]

By |2019-08-27T16:20:02-05:00August 27th, 2019|Categories: Daily Office & Prayer|0 Comments

John 17 Really Bugs Me: Church Unity and the Lack Thereof

Slightly edited from a sermon I recently preached at Church of the Savior in Wheaton, IL. There are just some passages of the Bible that you can’t get away from. Sometimes it’s because a passage is particularly inspiring, encouraging, or comforting. Think Psalm 23. Other times, it’s because the passage really bugs you. And I’ll confess that our Gospel lesson, [...]

By |2020-01-14T09:40:04-06:00August 22nd, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Miscellaneous, Opinion|Tags: , |1 Comment

How to Chant the Phos Hilaron (Tallis)

If you'd like to chant the Phos Hilaron, I recommend the following setting from The Hymnal 1982. "O Gracious Light, Lord Jesus Christ," The Hymnal 1982, #25 "Phos Hilaron," Church of the Apostles in Seattle, WA It's not exactly the same, but you the following rendition(s) of the Phos are clearly based on the setting above by Thomas Tallis. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfOGO1Usli8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bJDhda0UTk

By |2019-07-31T17:10:14-05:00July 31st, 2019|Categories: Daily Office & Prayer, Liturgy & Worship|Tags: |1 Comment

Check Out this Video Series on the ACNA’s Book of Common Prayer 2019

The American Anglican Council has put together a series of videos on the Anglican Church in North America's Book of Common Prayer 2019. Here's the video playlist http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFJW0FSYB0U&list=PLsIBCBOGKRhsGguNLw8VTtr62bSijUnLR The videos cover: Introduction The Basics Daily Office Great Litany & Decalogue Holy Eucharist Baptism & Confirmation Pastoral Rites The Psalter Episcopal Services Special Liturgies for Lent & Holy Week Collects [...]

By |2019-10-01T17:17:20-05:00July 26th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , |1 Comment

Missed the ACNA’s 2019 Provincial Assembly? Watch These Videos

Just wanted to share the following main sessions from the Anglican Church in North America's 2019 Provincial Assembly in Plano, TX. You can also read a recap of Assembly at the ACNA website here. Opening Eucharist Processional I'm including this mainly because the music and singing were absolutely spectacular. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hOGPrl5y14 Opening Eucharist Sermon: Archbishop Foley Beach http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdivVMvcVZA Plenary [...]

By |2019-06-24T21:26:57-05:00June 24th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: |0 Comments

The ACNA’s 2019 Book of Common Prayer (BCP): A Rookie Anglican Guide

The Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) has recently released its 2019 Book of Common Prayer (BCP). In the interest of making the new ACNA Book of Common Prayer 2019 accessible, we've put together a Rookie Anglican Guide to the ACNA Prayer Book! FYI: You can order a physical copy here: http://anglicanliturgypress.com/the-shop/. You can access the 2019 BCP digitally (PDF [...]