The Apocrypha: What Is It? Why do Anglicans Read It?

Many people coming into the Anglican tradition have been told that the Apocrypha is bad, that its books are pure mythology, or that they distract from the aim of Scripture. Yet, upon closer examination, there seems to be a place for the Apocrypha. The New Testament contains allusions to the Apocrypha, and these writings enjoyed a prominent place in the [...]

By |2019-01-08T13:57:08-06:00September 12th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, History|Tags: |4 Comments

Want to Learn More about Anglican Collects? Check out These Resources

Blog Posts about the Collects Here at Anglican Pastor, we've got an ongoing series of reflections on the weekly Collects of the Christian Year. It's called "Collect Reflections," and you can read those posts here. If you'd like to dive even deeper into the rich content and history of the Anglican Collects, then I suggest you start with my introductory [...]

Scripture in the Anglican Tradition

Charles Simeon once said, “The Bible first, the Prayer Book next, and all other books and doings in subordination to both.” Anglicans love the Bible. In fact, when most people attend an Anglican church, the first thing they notice is the central role of the Bible. Each Sunday, there are usually four readings of Scripture: one from the Old Testament, [...]

By |2019-01-07T10:15:46-06:00May 22nd, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, History, Liturgy & Worship|Tags: |1 Comment

Anglican Worship: Where Does It Say In the Bible to Do That?

As an Anglican Priest, I'm often asked where in the Bible some Anglican worship practice is commanded. The assumption is that we should only do what the Bible expressly commands us to do. The thinking goes: If the Bible doesn't say to burn candles, then we shouldn't burn candles. If the Bible doesn't tell us to wear vestments (ceremonial robes), [...]

By |2019-01-08T13:57:17-06:00May 3rd, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, History|7 Comments


My name is Patrick. I am a sinner, a simple country person, and the least of all believers. I am looked down upon by many. And so begins the Confession of St. Patrick, a vivid, honest, and faithful account of what God had done in his life. It makes for great reading. About two years ago I led a group [...]

By |2019-03-08T16:16:29-06:00March 16th, 2018|Categories: History, Miscellaneous|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

What is Confirmation?

What is Confirmation? Confirmation is a church practice that falls into the category of what the Anglican Catechism calls "rites and institutions commonly called sacraments." Along with Confirmation, there are four others like it: Absolution (confessing one's sins and receiving forgiveness in the presence of a priest), Ordination, Marriage, and Anointing the sick. These practices, or rites, are deeply charged [...]

By |2019-01-08T13:57:24-06:00March 8th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, History|Tags: , |9 Comments

Whatever happened to the Anglican Via Media?

Reclaiming the Via Media The Via Media stands as one of Anglicanism’s greatest gifts to the world. However, as I view the North America context, it seems that much of Anglicanism here has lost its Via Media lately. Too often contemporary Anglicanism feels politicized and polarizing, leaving little room for those of us in the middle, but as we look to both the past and [...]

By |2020-05-19T14:12:51-05:00January 30th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, History, Theology|Tags: , , |6 Comments

Schism, Revival, and Alphabet Soup: The Anglican Communion Today – by Hunter Van Wagenen

This post is a part of Rookie Anglican, a blog dedicated to Making Anglicanism Accessible. One of the things that makes explaining Anglicanism so hard for North Americans is the fact that there are so many different groups with so many different names (and accompanying acronyms) and histories. Why is there an ACNA (or is it AMiA?) when there’s already [...]

By |2019-01-08T17:06:46-06:00February 23rd, 2017|Categories: Anglicanism, History|Tags: , |4 Comments

New Monasticism in the Anglican Church

Monasticism in Anglicanism: A Very Brief History The Anglican church has had a rich history of monks and monastic orders of both men and women from its earliest days. By the 7th century, religious orders were well developed and organized, having performed missionary work for centuries. However, Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries in 1536 and, for about 300 years, the [...]

By |2019-01-08T13:57:29-06:00September 19th, 2016|Categories: Anglicanism, History|2 Comments

What the First Christians did about Terrorism

Note: Georgette Forney of Anglicans for Life contacted me a few months ago and ask me to write a series of short essays  on any of the readings from the Lectionary for the month of September. I was asked to provide thoughts, insights, and understanding of the text and any application as it had to do with life, protecting and [...]

By |2019-01-10T16:55:26-06:00September 11th, 2016|Categories: Anglicanism, Daily Office & Prayer, History|Tags: , |1 Comment

Ancient Anglican Evangelism

There is a perception that Anglicans in North America don't have our own history of evangelism. Or at least not one that comes from within our own tradition. Not true! The church in England began by a powerful evangelistic mission that followed Jesus' commands in Luke's Gospel. So the Anglican tradition has within itself a powerful story of evangelism and [...]

By |2019-01-08T17:06:52-06:00July 21st, 2016|Categories: Anglicanism, History|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

What They Are Saying About the Resurrection

Why did Christianity arise, and why did it take the shape it did? The early Christians themselves reply: We exist because of Jesus’ resurrection. … There is no evidence for a form of early Christianity in which the resurrection was not a central belief. Nor was this belief, as it were, bolted on to Christianity at the edge. It was the [...]

By |2019-03-08T14:45:22-06:00March 26th, 2016|Categories: Anglicanism, History|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 and small when uttered in the [...]

What is All Saints Day?

Knowing Our Family We've always been curious about our ancestors, to know where we came from and who we are. We've also wanted to gain wisdom from the experience of the past, both successes and failures. And we've desired communion and reunion of some sort. I know of a family that discovered an brother/uncle that no one knew about until he [...]

By |2019-01-08T17:06:55-06:00October 30th, 2015|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year, History|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

Anglicans and Roman Catholics

Anglicans are sometimes said to be "a little bit protestant and a little bit catholic."  That's probably true to some extent, as a description of what people see in a worship service. However, even though the Roman church owns the domain extension .catholic, we Anglicans see ourselves as both fully catholic and as a church of the reformation at the [...]

By |2019-01-08T13:57:42-06:00October 15th, 2015|Categories: Anglicanism, History|Tags: , , |18 Comments

Is Anglicanism Catholic or Reformed?

Most American evangelicals experience a church world that is either protestant/reformed or catholic. You have to be one or the other. For many 'catholic' means "Roman Catholic"; 'reformed' means "calvinist"; 'Protestant' means "Not Roman Catholic." The Orthodox churches are kind of silently off to the side in most of these schemes. Anglicanism, however, had a unique history that wreaks havoc on these neat labelling systems. Anglicans [...]

By |2019-01-08T13:57:45-06:00June 11th, 2015|Categories: Anglicanism, History|Tags: |25 Comments

Common Prayer: The Origin Story

Author and theologian J. I. Packer says of the Book of Common Prayer's influence on the British people, “Long before the age of fish and chips, the Book of Common Prayer was the Great British invention, nurturing all sorts and conditions of Englishmen and holding the church together with remarkable effectiveness.” Before the Book of Common Prayer, the prayers and [...]

Getting Catechesis Back on Track

A series by Fr. Lee Nelson, special for Anglican Pastor.  PART 1: Recovering the Lost Tools The Church Father Gregory of Nyssa once remarked in the middle of the Arian controversy of the 4th Century, “If you ask anyone in Constantinople for change, he will start discussing with you whether the Son is begotten or unbegotten. If you ask about [...]

By |2019-01-08T13:57:46-06:00January 28th, 2015|Categories: History|Tags: |8 Comments

Where is God when Bad Things Happen? 

by Winfield Bevins. With the rise of persecution against Christians in the Middle East, we are reminded that we live in a world full of pain and suffering. In the midst of a bad economy, natural disasters, and the growing risk of international terrorism people are seeking real answers to tough questions. Many people feel alone and unable to handle [...]

By |2019-01-07T10:18:36-06:00September 10th, 2014|Categories: Anglicanism, For Pastors, History, Pastoral Ministry|0 Comments

The Theology of Michael Ramsey for Today

by Jonathan Warren. “People ask me, sometimes, if I am in good heart about being Archbishop … My answer is ‘Yes’ … But the phrase ‘in good heart’, gives me pause, because after all, we are here as a church to represent Christ crucified and the compassion of Christ crucified before the world. And, because that is so, it may [...]

Michael Ramsey, Conversion, and Christian Reunion

by Jonathan Warren Introducing Michael Ramsey One feature of Anglican church history I am especially interested to highlight in these essays is the role that the Archbishop of Canterbury has played in crafting the temper and character of Anglicanism as a theological and spiritual tradition. For Anglicans, bishops are the chief symbol of Christian unity, and no episcopal office is [...]

Lancelot Andrewes, the Star of Preachers

by Jonathan Warren Why Read Lancelot Andrewes? Besides contending for the greatest name in British history, Lancelot Andrewes (1555-1626) was the most renowned preacher of Elizabethan and Jacobean England. Nicknamed stella predicantium (“star of preachers”) by Thomas Fuller, Andrewes has been a source of fascination and reverence for catholic-leaning Anglicans from Archbishop William Laud in the immediate wake of Andrewes’s [...]

By |2019-01-06T17:47:24-06:00June 30th, 2014|Categories: Anglicanism, History, Miscellaneous|Tags: |0 Comments

The Broad Churchmanship of William Reed Huntington

by Jonathan Warren Huntington’s “Church-Idea” Moving across the Atlantic, this week we turn our attention to a prominent priest in the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States [1], William Reed Huntington (1838-1909). In the great age of “church parties” or factions in Anglicanism that was the nineteenth century, Huntington was one of the leading advocates of church reunion, not [...]

By |2019-01-06T17:47:26-06:00June 23rd, 2014|Categories: Anglicanism, History, Miscellaneous|Tags: |1 Comment

Edward Pusey and the Oxford Movement

by Jonathan Warren Reading Edward Pusey Edward Pusey Edward Bouverie Pusey (1800-1882) was simultaneously one of the most erudite and most polarizing figures in the Church of England in the nineteenth century. Along with John Henry Newman, Pusey was one of the most important leaders of the Oxford Movement, [1] a catholicizing reform movement in the Church of [...]

By |2019-01-06T17:47:27-06:00June 16th, 2014|Categories: Anglicanism, History, Miscellaneous|Tags: |0 Comments
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