Married to (a) Minister: The Vocation of a Priest’s Spouse

One of the first things I knew about my husband was that he had been accepted to two different seminaries. The following conversation was all about how he had spent the past year trying to discern what God was calling him to do. At the time, he thought God was calling him to become a counselor; I wouldn’t say his [...]

By |2020-10-19T07:35:00-05:00October 19th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Is Christian Maturity Attainable? It Depends on How You Define It

Growing up in the Church, Scripture passages that tell me to be perfect, mature, or grow up in Christ gave me both a pit in my stomach and a desire for maturity. I wanted to be mature, but it always felt like an impossible feat. Have you felt that? It kind of feels like the Christian equivalent of always “adulting” [...]

By |2020-10-06T16:51:43-05:00October 9th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , , |0 Comments

What Does It Mean That the Lord is MY Shepherd?

What does it mean to have a 'personal relationship' with Jesus Christ? One thing it does not mean is 'customized'. In this excerpt from When the Lord is My Shepherd: Finding Hope in a Hard Time, we go deeper into the pastoral connections that we are promised. Believing that the Lord is a shepherd is a pastoral idea. The functions [...]

By |2020-10-07T09:59:17-05:00October 7th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , |0 Comments

Once More with Feeling: Recovering the Joy of Godly Lament

Ours is an age of happy-clappy religion in which everyone thinks that true spirituality is marked by Cheshire grins and saccharine clichés. But this isn’t Christianity, it’s a caricature. It is little more than Stoicism with a toothy facade painted onto it. Christianity grew from the fertile soil of Judaism, with its rich tradition of both hallelujahs and lamentations. The [...]

By |2020-10-04T16:03:20-05:00October 5th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , |0 Comments

What Does It Mean That the Lord Is a Shepherd?

The following is an excerpt from When the Lord is My Shepherd: Finding Hope in a Hard Time by David Roseberry. Without any apology or explanation, David says that the Lord is a Shepherd to him. And not just like—God is a Shepherd. David, above anyone else, would know what a shepherd does. David was a shepherd himself. We know from [...]

By |2020-09-12T15:02:23-05:00September 30th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: |0 Comments

The Surprising Contextualizability of Anglicanism—Yes, Anglicanism—to Frontier Mission Fields

I remember it as clear as yesterday. Ahmet had left Islam and decided to follow Jesus. In the Middle Eastern country where I served, this was not illegal, but it also wasn’t easy. After a few months of walking with Jesus, Ahmet approached me and said, “Chris, now that I’ve become a Christian, tell me what our religious holy days [...]

By |2020-09-12T15:04:24-05:00September 28th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , |2 Comments

Help Us Promote “Simply Anglican” by Winfield Bevins!

Our latest Anglican Compass book, Simply Anglican by Winfield Bevins, is out! We could use your help in spreading the word! If you're interested in learning more about the Anglican tradition, Simply Anglican is the clear and charitable guide you've been waiting for. Winfield Bevins provides an accessible overview of Anglican history, theology, and worship. With discussion questions and recommended [...]

By |2020-09-21T08:55:20-05:00September 21st, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , |0 Comments

“I Shall Not Want”? Really?

The following post is an excerpt (chapter 3) of When the Lord is My Shepherd: Finding Hope in a Hard Time. I am happy to share one of the 23 daily readings on the 23rd Psalm that I wrote in the early days of the Pandemic. We were all locked down with plenty of time on our hands. I had [...]

By |2020-09-12T14:57:58-05:00September 14th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: |0 Comments

Bring Your Umbrella! “Garden Churches”

“With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? …. He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your [...]

By |2020-09-14T08:55:28-05:00September 12th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , |0 Comments

Diving into Worship

“When she was in the kitchen, she would hum—not a steady tone, but entire melodies. Her humming was never soft and intimate, but loud and firm, as if she were humming for an audience. As a small child, if I knew the song she was humming, sometimes I would hum along with her, and my body would experience safety and [...]

By |2020-09-03T13:01:11-05:00September 3rd, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , |0 Comments

Finding Hope in the Hard Time

Early in January of 2020, I began writing a series of devotional readings for an annual program for the Anglican Church in North America. I had a great theme and a catchy working title, but this book is not that. Why? Because two weeks after I started outlining the work, I ran into a wall. COVID-19. The Coronavirus. The Pandemic. [...]

By |2020-08-18T11:27:12-05:00August 18th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , |0 Comments

J.I. Packer: A Remembrance

A letter arrived at our house just before Christmas. It was addressed to our then 4-year-old daughter, Anne Tyler; the envelope had two, silly stickers on the back. The letter itself was a single sheet, simply covered with stickers. It read, “You made a card for me, now I have made a card for you.” It was signed, Jim Packer. [...]

By |2020-07-24T15:40:12-05:00July 23rd, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: |0 Comments

Best Bible Study Resources: The Pastoral Epistles

One of the great things about the Daily Office Lectionary is that it takes you through the majority of the Bible every year. If you’d like to learn a bit more about the books of the Bible as you work your way through, we’re compiling these “Bible Study Resources” posts for every book of the Bible. (If you know of [...]

By |2020-07-16T13:52:35-05:00July 16th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: |0 Comments

Best Bible Study Resources: Ezra and Nehemiah

One of the great things about the Daily Office Lectionary is that it takes you through the majority of the Bible every year. If you’d like to learn a bit more about the books of the Bible as you work your way through, we’re compiling these “Best Bible Study Resources” posts for every book of the Bible. (If you know [...]

By |2020-07-16T13:14:37-05:00July 16th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: |0 Comments

Compassion (&) Conviction: The AND Campaign’s Guide to Faithful Civic Engagement (Review)

If you’d like to know what Anglican Compass’s values of “clarity & charity” could look like in the public sphere, this book from The AND Campaign is a brief yet surprisingly broad and practical guide. Here at Anglican Compass, we’re all about “clarity & charity.” Clarity: We’re committed to maintaining Christian orthodoxy (including a traditional sexual ethic) and communicating as [...]

By |2020-07-14T10:07:33-05:00July 16th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Read Esau McCaulley’s “Reading While Black” with Your Church!

In Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope, the Rev. Canon Dr. Esau McCaulley has captured for us the "ongoing conversation between the collective Black experience and the Bible." This is a timely book for today, when many Anglican churches in North America are seeking to learn from the Black tradition. Fr. Esau is an [...]

By |2020-07-08T12:46:33-05:00July 8th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , , |0 Comments

A “Sermon Duet”: Historic Charleston Church Reopens with Message of Reconciliation

St. Michael’s reopens with message of reconciliation in “sermon duet” By Charles W. Waring III One would think simply reopening a historic church after 13 Sundays of being closed during the pandemic would have created a big enough headline. Trinity Sunday at St. Michael’s Anglican Church in Charleston, South Carolina also followed two weeks of civil unrest following the brutal [...]

By |2020-06-10T14:16:59-05:00June 11th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|0 Comments

A Roundtable Discussion on Race, Justice, and Social Unrest (Webinar Recording)

We recently hosted a roundtable discussion on race, justice, and social unrest. Over 300 people attended the webinar live, and the recording is now available for those who were not able to join us in real-time! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qj8SYy4jPFA Archbishop Foley Beach has called the Anglican Church in North America to join him in prayer and fasting from Wednesday, June 3 to Wednesday, [...]

By |2020-06-05T17:06:49-05:00June 5th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

Join Us for a Roundtable Discussion on Race, Justice, and Social Unrest (Thur, Jun 4, 3pm EDT)

Join us for a webinar on Thursday, June 4 at 3:00pm Eastern. Hosted and moderated by Greg Goebel and Daniel Adkinson, our panelists will include Kimberly Deckel, Bishop Jim Hobby, Esau McCaulley, and other guests. Click here to register! Archbishop Foley Beach has called the Anglican Church in North America to join him in prayer and fasting from Wednesday, June [...]

By |2020-06-04T10:48:34-05:00June 3rd, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , , , , |8 Comments

A Letter to Fellow ACNA Clergy: On Anti-Racism and a More Diverse and Just Anglicanism

NOTE: As is our policy with all Anglican Compass content, we ask that you please submit a request before republishing content. Following the lead of bishops Jim Hobby, Todd Hunter, Stewart Ruch III, and Steve Wood, who recently wrote in response to the death of George Floyd, which gained support from a number of other bishops, we offer this open [...]

By |2020-06-10T11:32:13-05:00June 1st, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , , |3 Comments

Pornography and Grace: An Interview with Dr. Gerry Crete

After learning about a course that Dr. Gerry Crete offers for couples after the discovery of pornography use, Canon Greg Goebel interviewed him about this issue and about his course to learn more about recovery from pornography use.  Pornography is wrong, but is it also addicting? We believe that pornography is morally wrong, and is also a social sin because [...]

By |2020-05-24T11:48:59-05:00May 27th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: |0 Comments

A Review of “Uncommon Ground: Living Faithfully in a World of Difference,” Edited by Timothy Keller and John Inazu

Timothy Keller and John Inazu—along with 10 other contributors, ranging from Tish Harrison Warren to Lecrae—have put together a book that describes “how Christians can engage with those around us, while both respecting people whose beliefs differ from our own and maintaining our gospel confidence” (xi). They are looking for a way forward for the church in a society where [...]

By |2020-07-07T16:06:40-05:00May 14th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Looking for Excellent Christian Music for Children? A Review of “All Creatures” by Rain for Roots

All creating is a work of collaboration. We see this in our triune God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) who made this world and all the heavens at first out of nothing, but then out of things he already created: people, created out of dust of the earth; seas, created out of expanses of water gathered into sections; fruit, coming [...]

By |2020-05-08T10:57:37-05:00May 8th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , , |0 Comments

COVID–19 and the Death of Death

Death is on people’s minds these days, whether they want it to be or not. According to a recent report by White House science advisors, there is a chance that between 100,000 and 240,000 people will die because of the Coronavirus. In the face of such a staggering number of fatalities, what each of us does, or does not do, [...]

By |2020-04-10T12:30:41-05:00April 10th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments
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