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 in whom Christ actually dwells [...]

By |2020-11-27T11:02:49-06:00November 30th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous, Theology|Tags: , |1 Comment

We Need a Path To Develop Mature Christians. Could Catechesis Be the Answer?

Alpha is great, but we need more!  You’ve probably heard of the Alpha Course. Alpha is a place for seeking, curious, or burned-out people to ask questions and explore the basics of the Christian faith without judgment or expectation to believe. Some people use it to introduce people to the Christian faith, others as a refresher, some use it as [...]

By |2020-10-20T15:38:13-05:00November 26th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Manipulating Catechesis: A Note of Caution

As one who thinks and writes a lot about catechesis, I was delighted to read Zachary Jones’ recent article, “Catechesis as a Weapon against Racism.” In it, Jones makes the salient but easily neglected point that racism is a cosmic as well as terrestrial force, a battle over what it means to be human as well as police regulations, pay [...]

By |2020-10-20T15:38:16-05:00November 19th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , |0 Comments

Reimagining Conversion

Question: How do you become a Christian? (Common) Answer: “Say ‘yes’ to Jesus.” Is this good enough? I would suggest it isn’t. Is this any different than saying “yes” to a new pair of shoes or the latest Instagram trend? This is not a robust understanding of conversion found in Scripture. True conversion is more akin to dying than buying [...]

By |2020-10-20T15:38:20-05:00November 12th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , |0 Comments

Every Writer Needs a Good Editor! Here’s How You Can Help

I have been in writing ministry for over twenty years. I hate to admit it, but I still need a good editor!  The pastors and laypeople who write for us are volunteers. They are busy in their ministry, and yet they take the time to share insights, explanations, and inspirations with us all. Our managing editor, Josh Steele, and our [...]

By |2020-11-07T14:49:51-06:00November 9th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , |0 Comments

St. Mary the Virgin: Reflections from a Former Evangelical

As someone who grew up evangelical Protestant, I always viewed the doctrinal distinctives of the Church of Rome with suspicion. To me, one of the stranger elements of Roman piety and practice was devotion to the Virgin Mary. I always believed Mary was important and special. She miraculously conceived our Lord, after all! However, because of Roman dogmas, such as [...]

By |2020-11-09T05:46:56-06:00November 5th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , |2 Comments

A Caution to Modern Reformers

On October 31, Protestant churches celebrate Reformation Day, remembering the famous nailing of the 95 theses by Martin Luther to the Wittenburg door in 1517.  Why celebrate this over 500 years later? Well, a Latin phrase that emerged from the Protestant movement is semper reformanda: the Church should be “always reforming.” When I first learned this Reformation principle, I was [...]

By |2020-10-14T15:58:59-05:00October 29th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , |0 Comments

Don’t Miss The Christian Essentials Series from Lexham Press (A Review)

When it comes to learning the essentials of the Christian faith, there’s no need to reinvent the wheel (in fact, please don’t!). Christians have covered the basics in a process of instruction and learning called “catechesis” for centuries. And documents used for this purposed (called “catechisms”) have frequently focused on the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Ten Commandments. [...]

By |2020-11-02T16:48:11-06:00October 27th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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: , , |1 Comment

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
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