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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: , |1 Comment

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

We Need Advent Now More Than Ever! Celebrating Advent in 2020

Today I found myself completely distracted by my little robot vacuum. (We call him “Eufy.”) While I should have been helping the kids with their homeschooling, I found myself increasingly frustrated by his sense of aimlessness. 

All I wanted was for Eufy to clean the kitchen. With four teenagers in the house all day, that […]

By |2020-12-07T16:06:15-06:00November 23rd, 2020|Categories: Church Year|Tags: , |1 Comment

10 Things I Bet You Didn’t Know About Advent. Some of Them Will Make You Hungry!

Years ago I started researching a book about celebrating Advent. I learned so many things along the way! Here are ten of my favorite unusual discoveries about Advent.

1) Plum pudding has zero plums in it and sits in your cupboard for five weeks! 

In England and Ireland, plum pudding […]

By |2021-01-07T14:17:19-06:00November 18th, 2020|Categories: Church Year|Tags: |0 Comments

Tell Us More! An Interview with Winfield Bevins about Simply Anglican

We just published Simply Anglican by Winfield Bevins. Winfield graciously agreed to answer some questions about the book’s backstory and what he hopes it will accomplish!


What prompted you to write this book? Why do you think it’s important that this book exists?

By |2020-12-07T16:06:27-06:00October 2nd, 2020|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , , |0 Comments

What Do Anglicans Believe? An Overview of Anglican Beliefs

The “Anglican” movement in the sixteenth century was a return to the pure and simple faith of Christianity as embodied in the Holy Scriptures. —W. H. Griffith Thomas

What we believe shapes our identity, and ultimately, who we are. Singer-songwriter Rich Mullins affirmed this in an older song called “Creed.” In the words of […]

By |2020-12-07T16:06:34-06:00September 24th, 2020|Categories: Anglicanism, Theology|Tags: , |6 Comments

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

Why *another* book on Anglicanism? Winfield Bevins explains!

Anglican Compass’s latest book, Simply Anglican: An Ancient Faith for Today’s World by Winfield Bevins, is available for purchase in both Kindle and paperback editions. The following post is an excerpt from the book.


Since I became an Anglican I have had countless conversations with those who are seriously exploring Anglicanism but don’t know […]

By |2021-01-07T14:18:05-06:00September 21st, 2020|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , |0 Comments

Where Did Christ Descend To? The Rationale Behind the BCP 2019’s Translation of the Apostles’ Creed

Where did Christ descend to? 

If you worshiped in an Anglican Church between 1552 (when the Creed was first printed in full in the Prayer Book) and 1979 you would answer “he descended to hell” because in the Apostles’ Creed as you would have learned it, that is what it says: “[He] was crucified, dead, […]

By |2020-12-07T16:06:44-06:00September 16th, 2020|Categories: Theology|Tags: , |2 Comments

The Bible in the Book of Common Prayer

From its inception in 1549, the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) has always been a text intertwined with the text of the Bible. Many of the prayers utilize phrases that have been extracted from the Bible. Verses of the Bible are quoted directly (for example, Opening Sentences in the Daily Office and Offertory Sentences in the Eucharist service) […]

By |2020-12-07T16:06:47-06:00September 10th, 2020|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Why Do Anglicans Bow to the Cross?

I was a new Anglican, trying to participate by watching everyone else. I heard a voice shout “Please stand” and then “Blessed be God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit!” As a cross passed, some people bowed their heads.

Parade of Clergy?

Everyone stood up as we sang a hymn. […]

By |2020-12-07T16:06:53-06:00August 27th, 2020|Categories: Anglicanism, Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , |3 Comments

Lessons in Omission: Why Are Some Chapters Missing in the Daily Office Lectionary?

Many folks accustomed to reading Bible-in-a-year plans are delighted to find out that the Book of Common Prayer (2019) has a Daily Office lectionary that leads the faithful Anglican to read through the whole Bible in a year—at least, most of it. Those same folks are sometimes a little dismayed to then find out that a number of books are […]

By |2020-07-24T11:28:36-05:00August 17th, 2020|Categories: Daily Office & Prayer|Tags: , |0 Comments

A Good Story: Narrative as Theodicy

“If God, why evil?”

When men first announced the death of God these four, short, stabbing, syllables were thought to be the nails in the Creator’s coffin. This riddle may not have been the instrumental cause of his death, but it was certainly thought that it would prevent any future resurrection on his part. Unfortunately for them, scoffers have a bad […]

By |2020-07-27T14:13:46-05:00August 6th, 2020|Categories: Opinion, Theology|Tags: , , |1 Comment

The Story of Our Hymns: The Storm Is Passing Over

This is the fourth in a series on sacred hymns, the story behind them, their text, a recording, and a simple companion devotional.

“When the world is tossing me, like a ship upon the sea, thou who rulest wind and water, stand by me.” – Charles Albert Tindley

Every Hymn Has a […]

By |2020-07-22T09:54:34-05:00August 3rd, 2020|Categories: Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , |0 Comments

Never Enough: The Beautiful Insufficiency of the Diaconate

Deacons cannot absolve, bless, or consecrate. These “ABCs” of the diaconate are often the first and most consistent way that people describe the order today, inadvertently defining the most foundational of the Holy Orders by what deacons cannot do. I have attempted to add parochial reports to the list, but it neither follows the alphabetic scheme nor works out consistently […]

By |2020-07-22T09:54:22-05:00July 30th, 2020|Categories: Theology|Tags: |5 Comments
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