About Joshua Steele

Josh Steele was the first Managing Editor of Anglican Compass. Learn more about him at joshuapsteele.com.

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: |2 Comments

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!


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: , , |2 Comments

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

Telos Collective #Intersection19: Day Two Recap

A Roman Catholic, two Anglicans, and an Anabaptist walk into a conference and—voilà!—you’ve got day two (Friday) of the Telos Collective’s 2019 Intersection Conference.

Especially for an introvert like myself, it’s been a bit like drinking from a fire hose here in Atlanta today. Summarizing and weaving together William Cavanaugh’s, Tish Harrison Warren’s, Winfield Bevins’, and David Fitch’s talks is a […]

By |2019-05-18T07:28:30-05:00May 18th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Theology|Tags: |0 Comments

Telos Collective #Intersection19: Day One Recap

Things are up and running here in Atlanta for the Telos Collective’s 2019 Intersection Conference on Anglican Missional Ecclesiology. Here’s a brief recap of day one.

Hans Boersma: “Proclaiming the Gospel through the Eucharist”

After Archbishop Foley and Bishop Todd Hunter got things started, we heard from Hans Boersma on “Proclaiming the Gospel through the Eucharist.”

Boersma, who now teaches at

By |2019-05-17T09:15:53-05:00May 17th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Theology|Tags: , |0 Comments

Anglican Pastor at the Telos Collective’s #Intersection19 Conference

Greetings from Atlanta, Georgia!

Greg Goebel, David Roseberry, and I (Joshua Steele) are excited to be here for the Telos Collective’s 2019 Intersection Conference.

The topic this year? “For the Sake of the World: An Anglican Missional Ecclesiology.”

I’m looking forward to hearing from the following speakers over the next few days:
– Bishop Todd Hunter – Opening Session
– Hans Boersma – “Proclaiming […]

By |2019-05-16T15:08:12-05:00May 16th, 2019|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: |0 Comments

Easter Sunday: A Collect Reflection

There are actually two Collects for Easter Sunday


Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and […]

By |2019-06-27T10:50:44-05:00April 21st, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Music and Art for Holy Week

We’d like to share some music and artwork recommendations for Holy Week. If you have other suggestions, please let us know in the comments below!

Music for Holy Week

By |2019-04-14T12:56:57-05:00April 15th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year, Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The NEW Daily Office Booklet is Here: Volume 2, May–August 2019

I’ve just finished putting together the latest Daily Office Booklet! This booklet will take you from May through August 2019.

You’ll notice a new front and back cover, featuring the new Anglican Pastor logo.

I’ve also tried to integrate a simple way of abbreviating Morning and Evening Prayer if you’re rushed for time. Simply do the sections with underlined headings.

Other than […]

By |2019-04-05T21:10:19-05:00April 5th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Daily Office & Prayer|0 Comments

Holy Week: A Rookie Anglican Guide

Starting on Palm Sunday, we embark on what’s known as “Holy Week.”

As I put it in my overview of the Church calendar and the Christian liturgical year,

The last week of Lent, Holy Week, remembers the last week of Christ’s earthly life, beginning with Palm Sunday’s commemoration of Jesus’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem (Matt 21:1-11).

So, put simply, Holy Week is […]

REVIEW: “Ever Ancient, Ever New,” by Winfield Bevins

“What is the allure of liturgy for a new generation?”

Based upon his field research over the past few years, Winfield Bevins has provided us with a book-length answer to this question in Ever Ancient, Ever New: The Allure of Liturgy for a New Generation.

I’m very glad he’s done so, […]

By |2019-03-24T12:51:07-05:00March 23rd, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , |0 Comments

What’s Drawing a New Generation to Liturgy? An Interview with Author Winfield Bevins

UPDATE: Read our review of this book.

Winfield Bevins has been a part of the team here at Anglican Pastor for a while now. (Click here to read his posts.) We’re excited to announce the publication of his latest book, Ever Ancient, Ever New: The Allure of Liturgy for a New Generation on March 5, 2019.

As somewhat of […]

By |2019-03-24T12:54:30-05:00February 21st, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Lent: A Rookie Anglican Guide

What is Lent?

Beginning on Ash Wednesday and lasting for 40 days, Lent is a season of fasting and penitence in preparation for Easter.

The Church year revolves around two “cycles,” one for Christmas and one for Easter.

  • The Christmas cycle begins with a season of preparation: Advent.
  • The Easter cycle begins with a season of preparation: Lent.

Because Lent lasts for forty days […]

By |2021-02-02T12:29:29-06:00February 20th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , , |6 Comments

Anglican Pastor’s Approach to Debated Issues: A Letter from the Editor(s)

We appreciate how interactive our readers are. The reactions to our recent three-part interview with Rev. Tish Harrison Warren were mostly constructive and insightful.

We reached out to Tish to request an interview. And we asked readers for questions to ask Tish. We appreciate the […]

By |2019-02-01T13:43:50-06:00February 1st, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: |1 Comment

Ask an Anglican Pastor: An Interview with Tish Harrison Warren, pt. 3

If you’re just joining us, check out part 1 and part 2 of our ongoing interview with Tish Harrison Warren, Anglican priest, author of Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life, and Writer in Residence at Church of the Ascension in Pittsburgh, PA.

People would like to hear from you about Anglican ecclesiology. What challenges […]

By |2019-01-31T06:54:35-06:00January 31st, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: |1 Comment