About Thomas McKenzie

Thomas is a husband, father, friend, pastor, author, speaker, movie reviewer, and by grace alone the beloved of Jesus. He lives in Nashville with his wife and two daughters. He was ordained in the Anglican Communion in 1998, and is the founding pastor of Church of the Redeemer in Nashville, Tennessee.
Thomas is a husband, father, friend, pastor, author, speaker, movie reviewer, and by grace alone the beloved of Jesus. He lives in Nashville with his wife and two daughters. He was ordained in the Anglican Communion in 1998, and is the founding pastor of Church of the Redeemer in Nashville, Tennessee.

A New Creed? The ACNA’s Revised Translation of the Nicene Creed

The Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) has recently released its 2019 Book of Common Prayer (BCP). For most ACNA churches, the revised translation of the Nicene Creed will likely be the most apparent liturgical change on a Sunday morning. This is at least the case for our church (Church of the Redeemer in Nashville, TN). The Nicene Creed is [...]

By |2019-07-01T12:57:02-05:00July 1st, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Theology|Tags: |6 Comments

Left Behind?

Are we going to be raptured away someday? Is that an actual Christian belief? Hollywood says yes…or at least they think it might make a good action story. Anglican Pastor writer Thomas McKenzie has addressed these questions in a movie review of Left Behind.  Fr Thomas has reviewed movies for years and so he has the movie chops. But he also [...]

By |2015-02-04T15:49:51-06:00October 2nd, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments

The Pastor’s Personal Life: Everyday Life of the Ordained, Part 5

This series is an ongoing Q&A between Deacon Tish Harrison Warren (asking the questions) and Fr. Thomas McKenzie (answering) about ordained ministry. See the bottom of this post for an overview of the series. Should a pastor talk about his/her financial life or sex life or marital struggles publicly ever? I think you can talk about struggles, but you should [...]

By |2018-08-27T16:14:04-05:00August 12th, 2014|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: |0 Comments

Money: Everyday Life of the Ordained, Part 4

This series is an ongoing Q&A between Deacon Tish Harrison Warren (asking the questions) and Fr. Thomas McKenzie (answering) about ordained ministry. See the bottom of this post for an overview of the series. Let’s talk about money. This is often a dicey subject for those in ministry because we often think in grand terms of our noble vocation and [...]

By |2018-08-27T16:10:35-05:00August 5th, 2014|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: |2 Comments

Time, Life and Family: Everyday Life of the Ordained, Part 3

This series is an ongoing Q&A between Deacon Tish Harrison Warren (asking the questions) and Fr. Thomas McKenzie (answering) about ordained ministry. See the bottom of this post for an overview of the series. Let’s talk about the life rhythms of a pastor. You take off Fridays. Many other pastors take off Mondays. Why do you take off a day [...]

By |2018-08-27T16:06:30-05:00May 8th, 2014|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: |0 Comments

Vestments: Everyday Life of the Ordained, Part 2

This series is an ongoing Q&A between Deacon Tish Harrison Warren (asking the questions) and Fr. Thomas McKenzie (answering) about ordained ministry. See the bottom of this post for an overview of the series. Some lower church Anglicans are moving away from vestments while Anglo-Catholics have very strong feelings about particular priestly dress in the service. How have you decided [...]

By |2018-08-27T16:01:49-05:00March 7th, 2014|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: |0 Comments

Wearing A Collar: Everyday Life of the Ordained, Part 1

This series is an ongoing Q&A between Deacon Tish Harrison Warren (asking the questions) and Fr. Thomas McKenzie (answering) about ordained ministry. See the bottom of this post for an overview of the series. When do you wear a clerical collar and when do you not? How do you decide? The purpose of a clerical collar is to identify me [...]

By |2019-01-06T18:37:03-06:00March 4th, 2014|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , , |19 Comments

The Daily Office + Part Four: Give it a Try

Thomas McKenzie If you want to use the Daily Office in your own life, it’s best to use it along with some version of the Four Hours (which I discussed in the previous post).  For instance, you could read a Daily Office reading during Evening Prayer with your family.  You could read one psalm in the morning.  If you want [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:48:16-06:00July 1st, 2013|Categories: Anglicanism|0 Comments

The Daily Office + Part Three: The Four Hours

Thomas McKenzie The Anglican Church developed in a pre-modern, agricultural society.  In their culture, our forebears didn’t experience a rigid distinction between the material and spiritual worlds.  The Church helped them to remember the holiness of every moment by sanctifying (making holy) the natural patterns of the day.  She did this by celebrating the four “hours.” Four times a day, [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:48:18-06:00June 25th, 2013|Categories: Anglicanism|0 Comments

The Daily Office + Part Two: Not A Bible Reading Plan

Thomas McKenzie second in a series on the Daily Office, the first being Patterns When I was in college I got a Bible reading plan. It was a chart that I could use to read the entire Bible in one year. I only needed to read about three chapters a day. After I read a chapter, I would check it [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:48:28-06:00May 29th, 2013|Categories: Anglicanism|3 Comments

The Daily Office + Part One: Patterns

Thomas McKenzie The first in a series, the second being Not a Bible Reading Plan. I’m a big fan of podcasts, especially those that are both informative and entertaining. I like to learn about new things while I’m driving or taking a walk. Recently, I was listening to a podcast about the brain. The scientist being interviewed said that human [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:48:30-06:00May 24th, 2013|Categories: Anglicanism|0 Comments