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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.

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

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, John 17:20–26, […]

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

“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 […]

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

The videos cover:

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.

Opening Eucharist Sermon: Archbishop Foley Beach

Plenary 1: James Bryan Smith

Note that these […]

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:

4 Useful Features of the ACNA’s 2019 Book of Common Prayer

(NOTE: Read our Rookie Anglican Guide to the ACNA’s 2019 BCP here.)

The Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) has released its 2019 Book of Common Prayer!

I asked Fr. Ben Jefferies (who worked on the Liturgy Task Force as has written about the 2019 BCP’s typography and Daily Office Lectionary) what features of the new Prayer Book […]

Why Anglican Pastor? A Letter from the Editors before the ACNA Assembly

As we get ready for the Anglican Church in North America’s Provincial Assembly in Plano, TX, we are very grateful—not only that we three have met the Lord Jesus Christ, but also that we have found the Anglican tradition, a tradition that provides a vehicle to follow Him and express our love for Him in time-honored ways.

Today we want […]

By |2019-07-26T12:33:25-05:00June 14th, 2019|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: |0 Comments

Ordinary Time: A Rookie Anglican Guide to the Season after Pentecost

The Church year revolves around two cycles:

  1. the Christmas cycle (Advent, Christmas, Epiphany)
  2. the Easter cycle (Lent, Holy Week, Easter, Pentecost)

But what about the rest of the year?

Well, there are two periods of the liturgical year that are called “ordinary time” that stitch together the […]

By |2019-10-01T17:17:11-05:00June 13th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , |3 Comments

Ember Days: A Rookie Anglican Guide

I don’t know about you, but when I first heard about “Ember Days,” I thought of a dying fire!

However, when I began my ordination process, I quickly found out that Ember Days are about ordination and Holy Orders, not about fireplaces.

What are Ember Days?

As […]

By |2019-10-01T17:17:12-05:00June 12th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Mini Prayer Books: “Field Guides” to Daily and Family Prayer, by Winfield Bevins

If you’re familiar with Anglican Pastor, you’ve probably seen the Daily Office Booklets I produce in order to make Morning and Evening Prayer more accessible. However, our Daily Office Booklets are (currently) PDFs designed to be printed and assembled at home.

For our readers who are interested in purchasing physical booklets similar to the […]

By |2019-05-28T22:11:25-05:00May 28th, 2019|Categories: Daily Office & Prayer|Tags: |1 Comment

Telos Collective #Intersection19: Day Three Recap

What a great conference! Special thanks to the Telos Collective, to Trinity Anglican Church in Atlanta for hosting, and to all of the speakers:

By |2019-05-19T18:27:19-05:00May 19th, 2019|Categories: Theology|Tags: |0 Comments

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