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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

REVIEW: “We Give Our Thanks Unto Thee: Essays in Memory of Fr. Alexander Schmemann,” edited by Porter C. Taylor

How should the Church relate to the world?

Is our primary relationship one of acceptance or rejection, engagement or retreat, affection or animosity? Is it appropriate for ordained clergy to engage in local or national politics, even from the pulpit? How exactly are we to think of this world, this beautiful gift and fallen mess which we are “in,” but not […]

By |2019-05-15T21:44:29-05:00May 16th, 2019|Categories: Miscellaneous, Theology|Tags: , |1 Comment

Hopelessness on the Road to Emmaus

By John Rivenbark.

John Rivenbark was a priest candidate who served for many years as a pastor, teacher, and Christian Formation director. He passed into the arms of Jesus on the eve of Ascension in 2018 after a long battle with cancer. John’s teaching and preaching had a profound affect on me, and […]

By |2019-05-09T16:05:36-05:00May 9th, 2019|Categories: Miscellaneous, Theology|Tags: , |1 Comment

3 Reasons Why Christ’s Descent into Hell Is Good News

Christ’s descent into hell is one of the strangest things Christians confess. Two out of the three ecumenical creeds confessed by Anglicans contain it (Apostles’ Creed and Athanasian Creed).

From Augustine to Aquinas to Calvin, the vast majority of theologians have concluded that the descent into hell is implicitly taught in Scripture. They have argued that confessing Jesus Christ as […]

By |2019-04-12T16:12:08-05:00April 12th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year, Theology|Tags: , |12 Comments

Do Anglicans Care as much about Mission(s) as Evangelicals?

It was a sunny day in Glasgow and the preacher was speaking to thousands of people in one of the large parks of the city. I had attended with a number of friends from a Christian campus ministry in Edinburgh where I was working on my PhD in Divinity (focus, World Christianity. Shameless plug: buy the book.)

The preacher in […]

By |2020-01-14T10:21:55-06:00April 11th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Opinion, Theology|Tags: , |1 Comment

What in the World Is an Anglican Missional Ecclesiology?

If you aren’t 100% sure what the words Missional Ecclesiology mean, you’re not alone!

A Google search of the phrase missional church yields 2.1 million hits in .55 seconds! There have been dozens of books written on the topic in the last 20 years since the publishing of the landmark book: Missional Church—A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America

To break […]

By |2019-03-28T11:09:40-05:00March 28th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, For Pastors, Theology|2 Comments

Ten Reasons Why This Next Trip to the Holy Land is for You

In just a few weeks, the registration for the November Holy Land trip (November 12-21) will begin to close. Register quickly! If you have been thinking and praying about it…it is time to act. In the closing weeks of registration, I want to reiterate what makes this trip unique. Here are ten great reasons to join us:

1. Customization

All […]

By |2019-03-01T14:32:11-06:00July 30th, 2018|Categories: For Pastors, Theology|Tags: , , , , , |0 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 the […]

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

The Incarnation: What is It? Why Does it Matter?

This post is a part of Rookie Anglican, a blog dedicated to Making Anglicanism Accessible. It was first preached as a sermon by Fr. Steven Lanclos on January 3, 2018 at Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd in Pelham, AL.


That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which […]

By |2020-12-14T16:46:13-06:00January 4th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Theology|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Getting Over the Hurdle of Infant Baptism: An Atonement Argument

Like many current Anglicans, I grew up as a Baptist, a Southern Baptist in fact. I even went to a Baptist College on the campus of a Southern Baptist Seminary and got a wonderful foundational education in the Scriptures and Great Books. When I married an Anglican, we started attending Baptist churches but never found ourselves in a place where […]

By |2019-01-08T17:34:13-06:00October 26th, 2017|Categories: Anglicanism, Sacraments, Theology|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

Top 3 Reasons Why I’m an Anglican Christian

Why am I an Anglican Christian? Here are 3 reasons.

1. Anglicanism as a Refuge from Fundamentalism

First, for me, Anglicanism has been a refuge from fundamentalism. Now, to be sure, we do have our own fundamentalists within the Anglican Communion! But, compared to some “ingrown enclaves” I’ve experienced in my Christian upbringing, […]

By |2019-01-08T17:05:41-06:00July 25th, 2017|Categories: Anglicanism, Theology|Tags: , , , |22 Comments

Listen to the Word & Table Podcast to Learn More about Liturgical and Sacramental Christian Worship

I don’t know about you, but I’m quite possibly addicted to podcasts.

Right now, NPR’s UpFirst, The Tim Ferriss Show, and The Art of Manliness are some of my favorites. However, it’s been a bit of struggle for me to find great Anglican podcasts. Granted, perhaps that’s due to my own ignorance, but when you search for “Anglican” in most podcast […]

Anglican Worship: The Focus is Not My Experience

At the heart of every church tradition is one priority which shapes the identity of the community. This central aspect is the source of its energy and vision, and becomes the first of all other priorities. This aspect determines much, if not all, of its distinctive traits and eventually becomes the touchstone for every other facet of church life. For […]

By |2019-01-08T17:05:49-06:00May 24th, 2016|Categories: Anglicanism, Theology|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Sacramental Imagination for Church Planting

“Does the Eucharist setup your chairs?” Brainstorming about sacraments and mission in Southern California, a friend of mine asked me this rather cheeky question. We were exploring what it meant to plant churches sacramentally. That is, not just starting new churches that celebrate sacraments, but what it means to start new churches in a sacramental […]

By |2020-05-20T11:11:59-05:00April 14th, 2016|Categories: For Pastors, Sacraments, Theology|Tags: , |1 Comment

Dangerous Things

Is it dangerous, as some claim, to believe that God would mediate his grace to us through his creation? Would God touch us through the hands of another person, or feed us his very presence in bread, or cleanse our souls through water?  Will it lead to “magical thinking” or idolatry? Yes, it is dangerous.

There is a great mystery as […]

By |2019-01-08T17:36:27-06:00September 14th, 2015|Categories: Anglicanism, Sacraments, Theology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Selfie Jesus

Twenty five years ago, Depeche Mode released the song “Personal Jesus.” The idea of creating one’s own Jesus was not new, and it it was apparantly popular because the song reached the Top 40 and is included in the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. And just a brief survey of American religion reveals quite a few options for creating […]

By |2019-01-08T17:05:51-06:00August 25th, 2015|Categories: Anglicanism, Theology|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Anglican vs. Catholic? Is Anglicanism Catholic, Reformed, or Protestant?

(Roman) Catholic? Reformed? Protestant?

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 […]

By |2021-01-23T15:12:14-06:00June 11th, 2015|Categories: Anglicanism, History, Theology|Tags: , |26 Comments
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