Finding a Fuller Table in Anglicanism

“A meal tastes best when you’re hungry.” 

It’s such an obvious truth, and one that my parish priest has been fond of repeating during the season of Lent. It explains why Anglicans traditionally fast in the days leading up to Easter. And it also, I think, captures a lot about my recent journey into Anglican […]

By |2021-04-06T09:35:36-05:00April 6th, 2021|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: |5 Comments

When God Seems Silent: A Good Friday Reflection

In Shusaku Endo’s famous novel Silence, two Portuguese priests are sent as missionaries to Japan. The year is 1637, and the Japanese church is struggling under the weight of religious persecution. These priests want to encourage the fledgling flock, so they give their lives to a dangerous voyage and the possibility of martyrdom. 

When they […]

By |2021-04-02T10:05:51-05:00April 2nd, 2021|Categories: Church Year|Tags: , , |1 Comment

How to Pray the Collect Way: Let’s Go Deeper than Grocery List Prayers

You pray more often than you realize

Prayer is far more common than we realize, that is, if we take the meditations of the Book of Psalms as a guide. There we encounter the Bible’s own prayerbook but what we discover often are meanderings and ponderings of the one praying. We might call these […]

By |2021-03-24T15:04:10-05:00March 24th, 2021|Categories: Daily Office & Prayer|1 Comment

The Heritage of Anglican Theology by J.I. Packer (Review)

J. I. Packer. The Heritage of Anglican Theology. (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2021, 384 pages, $39.99)

Remembering Packer

About a decade ago, I came across a copy of J.I. Packer’s Knowing God in Kathmandu (long story). I remember little from my reading that night save for Packer’s obvious, humble confidence […]

By |2021-03-23T16:55:15-05:00March 23rd, 2021|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: |2 Comments

AWANA Burnout? How the Daily Office Helped Me Love Scripture Memorization Again

What do Pioneers, Native Americans, a strange stick figure called Sparkie, Little bear Cubs, and Scripture memorization have in common?

AWANA!—at least if you grew up in some churches in the early to late 90s. 

AWANA indelibly shaped my experience of church and early Christian formation. Every Wednesday night, I would […]

By |2021-03-23T16:28:25-05:00March 23rd, 2021|Categories: Daily Office & Prayer|4 Comments

What even IS a sacrament, anyway? 🛁🍞🍷

The Curate, March 15, 2021.

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One of the terrible ironies of church history is that the sacraments, which are supposed to both enable and embody our unity as Christians, have often been the source of intense division.

By |2021-03-17T07:09:27-05:00March 17th, 2021|Categories: Sacraments, The Curate|0 Comments

Don’t Miss Your Lent Lifeline: Reclaiming Lost Time During Lent

It has been nearly one year since our parish last gathered together for worship without any COVID-19 restrictions in place. We had an Ash Wednesday service together, but only a few weeks later we were holed up in our respective homes and celebrating Holy Week on Zoom. Our great joy at the resurrection of Christ was overshadowed by […]

By |2021-02-18T15:32:38-06:00February 18th, 2021|Categories: Church Year|0 Comments

The Historical Dictionary of Anglicanism by Colin Buchanan (Brief Book Review)

The 2015 second edition of Bishop Colin Buchanan’s Historical Dictionary of Anglicanism, published by Rowman & Littlefield, is an extraordinarily comprehensive and informative resource for getting a grasp on the historical breadth and depth of the Anglican tradition.

Yes, the book is expensive, but it would be well worth the expense for an Anglican […]

By |2021-02-10T16:56:25-06:00February 10th, 2021|Categories: Anglicanism, History|Tags: , |0 Comments

A People’s Companion to Holy Communion (Brief Book Review)

The Seabury Society has published a slim volume called A People’s Companion to Holy Communion, meant to function as a guided tour through the Holy Communion service in the ACNA’s 2019 Prayer Book. As explained in the Preface, this book builds upon the 1914 work of Bernard Iddings Bell, The People’s Book of the Holy […]

By |2021-02-10T16:56:57-06:00February 10th, 2021|Categories: Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , |1 Comment

Praying the Stations of the Cross: A Devotion of Suffering During a Year of Lent

In November of 2019, I sat in our priest’s office at church with my ministry partner, Jessi, as we naively discussed small group plans for 2020. It had been a discouraging season in ministry, but we had finally found a topic to get excited about. We would spend the beginning of the year […]

By |2021-02-15T16:39:01-06:00February 10th, 2021|Categories: Church Year|Tags: , |2 Comments

Learning Theology through the Church’s Worship by Dennis Okholm (Review)

Theology and worship are, or at least ought to be, inseparable. Furthermore, every Christian is a theologian, not just the academics. And we Christians should follow the examples of our early brothers and sisters in Christ who “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42). What a fine […]

By |2021-02-10T17:01:14-06:00February 2nd, 2021|Categories: Miscellaneous, Theology|Tags: , |1 Comment

What is Apostolic Succession, Anyway?

Recently, a Lutheran pastor asked me a simple question. He was thinking of affiliating with either the Anglican Communion or the Roman Catholic Church. He wanted to know how we (Anglicans) understand Apostolic Succession. I am assuming he wanted to be in a church that had an unbroken line of succession to the first Apostles, namely to Peter and finally, […]

By |2021-01-27T17:13:34-06:00January 27th, 2021|Categories: Theology|Tags: |7 Comments

The Bible Arranged for Worship: Our Book of Common Prayer

There is a rather common saying that the Book of Common Prayer is composed of 85% bible passages. It is true. As J.I. Packer once said, “The Book of Common Prayer” is the Bible arranged for worship. I like that.

(To learn more about the Book of Common Prayer, read our Rookie Anglican […]

By |2021-01-26T10:22:37-06:00January 26th, 2021|Categories: Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Too Tired to Pray: What I Learned About Prayer When Words Wouldn’t Come

The day no words would come

Whenever I’m with my family and I make a dumb joke, my parents like to roast me by saying that they look forward to eventually writing in my baby book the first time I tell a good joke. If this mythical baby book that has been dangled over […]

By |2021-01-14T14:54:27-06:00January 14th, 2021|Categories: Daily Office & Prayer|1 Comment

The 1662 Book of Common Prayer: The One Prayer Book Every Rookie Anglican Needs

A liturgy makes it easier to pray with others, and to pray with the church—past, present, and future. Liturgical prayers are not the only kind, but there is something special about them. These prayers can be etched on your heart, taught to your children, and remembered at the close of life. For Anglicans, these prayers are found in […]

By |2020-12-23T16:05:21-06:00December 23rd, 2020|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , |8 Comments

What’s the difference between the 1979 and 2019 Book of Common Prayer? Which Prayer Book should I buy?

I get a fair number of great questions from our readers via our contact form (which goes straight to my email inbox). I’m going to start sharing some common questions and my answers in these blog posts. I hope they’re helpful. If you have a clear, charitable suggestion for how my answer to a given question might be improved, […]

By |2020-12-22T10:33:48-06:00December 22nd, 2020|Categories: Anglicanism, Editorial|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Reformation Anglicanism, Volume 1 (A Review)

Book Information: Reformation Anglicanism: A Vision for Today’s Global Communion, vol. I in The Reformation Anglicanism Essential Library, eds. Ashley Null and John Yates III (Crossway, 2017, 224 pages, $35.00).

Introduction

Reformation Anglicanism is the first volume of The Reformation Anglicanism Essential Library, a series that seeks to cast […]

By |2020-12-15T17:03:54-06:00December 15th, 2020|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: |0 Comments

The “Perfect” Christmas Eve Sermon??

Christmas Eve is rough on preachers; at least for this one.

The atmosphere for a truly great sermon is all there: scenery, families, music, lighting, Scripture, attendance, joy, and a holy hope in every heart and on every face. But my Christmas Eve sermons (33 and counting) are never equal to this setting. They always seem weak […]

By |2020-12-14T16:49:55-06:00December 12th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors, History, Preaching|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

The Holey Scriptures: Why Bible Reading Leaves You Empty

“If you want to understand what a particular verse of Scripture means you have to stop reading it. In fact, you should never read a Bible verse.”

This is how I have opened virtually every talk that I have ever given to would-be Bible students. The Bible is a collection, not […]

By |2020-11-11T11:04:53-06:00December 10th, 2020|Categories: Daily Office & Prayer|Tags: , |4 Comments

How To Get the Sunday Lectionary on Your Online Calendar

Did you know about the online calendar of Sunday Lessons and Collects? Our founder, Greg Goebel, has created an easy to use Lectionary calendar for free!

You can subscribe to it and see the name of each Sunday, and all Feast days in the BCP 2019 Sunday and Feast Day lectionary. That way you can […]

By |2020-12-02T10:20:57-06:00December 4th, 2020|Categories: Liturgy & Worship|Tags: |1 Comment

Reading Scripture Together: Recapturing Thomas Cranmer’s Vision

In 2008 Phyllis Tickle made the important observation that about every 500 years, a significant transformation takes place in the Church. She points to the arrival of Jesus in the first century, the collapse of the Roman empire five-hundred years later in the late 5th century, the Great Schism five-hundred years after that in 1054, and finally the […]

By |2020-12-07T16:06:07-06:00December 3rd, 2020|Categories: Daily Office & Prayer|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Are Anglican Priests Allowed to Marry? I Sure Hope So!

Can Anglican priests get married? What about deacons? Bishops?

As a married Anglican priest myself, I’m happy to report that the answer is “Yes“!

As Article 32 of the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion puts it:

Of the Marriage of Priests
Bishops, priests and deacons are not commanded by God’s law, either to vow the estate of single life, or to abstain from marriage; therefore […]

By |2020-12-07T16:06:08-06:00December 2nd, 2020|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Learn More about the Great Tradition with St. Paul’s House of Formation

Anglicanism taught me that the Church exists. 

I once thought that everyone had their own relationship with Jesus and they got together on Sundays to sing and talk about it. I know now that the Church is a ‘she’ not an ‘it,’ a great tradition that spans time and space, and a real spiritual home […]

By |2020-11-27T11:02:49-06:00November 30th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous, Theology|Tags: , |2 Comments

Advent: A Rookie Anglican Guide (UPDATED 2020)

(Note: Anglican Compass has a book about Advent! Check out A Thrill of Hope: Celebrating Advent at Home [Revised and Expanded for 2020], by Ashley Wallace!)


What is Advent?

Advent is the first season of the Church year. It lasts for four weeks leading up […]

By |2021-01-07T14:17:06-06:00November 23rd, 2020|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , , |1 Comment