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.

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

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 horrendous […]

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 share […]

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 […]

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 and add […]

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.
  • […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: , |7 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 […]

By |2020-07-07T16:06:44-05:00February 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 to […]

By |2021-02-01T16:17:29-06:00January 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 […]

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 […]

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!

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