The Altar and the Arena: What Slaves and Martyrs Have to Teach Us About Women’s Ordination

Editor’s Note: The piece below represents the opinion of the author. Aaron Harrison here engages with a recent conversation about women's ordination that includes contributions from Emily McGowin (original post and response to critiques), Lee Nelson, Ben Jefferies, and Gerald McDermott—with external contributions from Blake Johnson, Esau McCaulley, and Ben Jefferies. Anglican Compass does not take a site-wide position for [...]

By |2020-05-21T16:51:18-05:00May 20th, 2020|Categories: Opinion|Tags: |3 Comments

Can Anglicans in North America Offer Something Better Than Gay Marriage?

In middle school, I realized I was gay and my family left The Episcopal Church. As a celibate Anglican now seeking ordination to the diaconate, I care deeply about how the Anglican Church in North America teaches and embodies God’s wisdom for sexual stewardship. After exploring why the ACNA has a responsibility to offer gay people something better than gay [...]

By |2020-05-13T07:36:22-05:00May 13th, 2020|Categories: Opinion|Tags: |4 Comments

Discerning Friends from Enemies: Critical Race Theory, Anglicans in North America, and the Real Crisis

In 2017, the ACNA consisted of 1,037 churches. By my best estimate, there are 31 African American solo rectors in the ACNA. Of these 31, 27 are in the historically Black Diocese of the Southeast. There are only 4 in the rest of the United States. (The terminology can get complicated here. When I say “African American,” I have in mind [...]

By |2020-05-06T08:00:59-05:00May 6th, 2020|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , |7 Comments

More Hooker, Less Twitter: What Richard Hooker Can Teach Us about Writing with Meekness and Conviction

One of the greatest privileges of my life was to have served as a pastor to Mrs. Helen. The saintliest of widows, Helen was always gentle in spirit, encouraging, and thoughtful towards others, even as she ever so slightly bristled at the kids running through the aisles of our small church plant in South Texas. Kids should sit still in [...]

By |2020-03-02T11:25:47-06:00March 5th, 2020|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , |4 Comments

Brothers, We Have Failed: A Lament in Response to the Women’s Ordination Debate

Editor’s Note: The piece below represents the opinion of the author. Anglican Pastor does not take a site-wide position for or against women’s ordination. We do, however, require both clarity and charity. We ask that your responses to it do so as well. In a debate as crucial and heated as the matter of ordaining women to the priesthood in [...]

By |2020-02-14T14:42:23-06:00February 17th, 2020|Categories: Opinion|Tags: |14 Comments

God is Not Fair: Some Thoughts on Women’s Ordination

Editor’s Note: The piece below represents the opinion of the author. Anglican Pastor does not take a site-wide position for or against women’s ordination. We do, however, require both clarity and charity. We ask that your responses to it do so as well. God is not fair. He deprives men of the most profound and satisfying experience imaginable. Both men [...]

By |2020-01-14T11:28:38-06:00January 20th, 2020|Categories: Opinion|Tags: |23 Comments

What NOT to Get Your Rector (Or Their Spouse) for Christmas!

I have been having fun writing about some gift ideas for Rectors and their Spouses. I served as a Rector for over 30 years and spend a lot of time now with Rectors and their families. I know that many laypeople want to get the Rector and their Spouse a gift for Christmas to show their love and appreciation. I [...]

By |2020-01-14T09:39:48-06:00December 19th, 2019|Categories: Miscellaneous, Opinion|Tags: , |0 Comments

Here’s Why You Should Celebrate an Epiphany Festival

Anglicans often speak of the tradition of the 12 days of Christmas, emphasizing how the holiday is not merely one day but rather an extended season. The season spans from December 25 (or the evening of December 24) through January 5, and contains a number of nativity-oriented feast days along with separate saints' days. Many families and parishes already have [...]

By |2020-01-14T09:39:53-06:00December 18th, 2019|Categories: Church Year, Opinion|Tags: |2 Comments

What Your Rector’s Spouse Wants For Christmas

Earlier, I wrote a post about What Your Rector Wants For Christmas. I love Rectors and have the good fortune to spend time with, teach, coach, and encourage lots of Rectors around the Anglican Church in North America. But I don’t just love Rectors. I also love their families! The role of a Rector is unique. So is the role [...]

By |2020-01-14T09:39:54-06:00December 17th, 2019|Categories: Miscellaneous, Opinion|Tags: , |0 Comments

What Your Rector Wants For Christmas

I have a unique position in the church today. I used to be a Rector of a large church in North Dallas. (Christ Church in Plano, TX). But I am no longer a Rector. Instead, I have the good fortune to hang out, teach, coach, and encourage a lot of Rectors. For example, I spent three hours in the last [...]

By |2020-01-14T09:39:54-06:00December 14th, 2019|Categories: Miscellaneous, Opinion|Tags: , |0 Comments

Let John Chrysostom Preach His Nativity Sermon the Sunday after Christmas

Several years ago, I served as the Assistant Rector at a large Anglican Church. This meant, of course, that I had the wonderful opportunity of preaching cultural holiday weekends when attendance would be predictably low ... i.e. Memorial Day Weekend, Labor Day Weekend, etc. One of the key weekends that I always got to preach was the First Sunday of [...]

By |2020-01-14T09:39:55-06:00December 13th, 2019|Categories: Church Year, Opinion, Preaching|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Taking Scripture and Women’s Ordination Seriously: A Response to Blake Johnson and Lee Nelson

Editor's Note: Thank you to the Rev. Dr. Emily McGowin for writing this rejoinder to Fr. Blake Johnson's and Fr. Lee Nelson's responses to her original blog post about the in persona Christi argument against women's ordination. While we invite this conversation (about McGowin's original blog post) to continue in our comments section and elsewhere—and we plan to publish more [...]

By |2020-01-14T09:39:57-06:00November 18th, 2019|Categories: Opinion, Theology|Tags: |21 Comments

The Problem with Making a Patristic Argument for the Ordination of Women: A Response to Emily McGowin

Editor's Note (Greg Goebel): Fr. Lee Nelson has been a writer and supporter of Anglican Pastor from our earliest days. I asked him to write a response to the Rev. Dr. Emily McGowin’s post for our site. Meanwhile, Rev. Blake Johnson has also published a response on the Theopolis Insitute's blog. We present this post below to you as a [...]

By |2020-01-14T11:32:34-06:00November 15th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Opinion, Theology|Tags: |8 Comments

What Are We Missing? Ministry and Moral Failure

I know of a very talented ordained priest and colleague of mine who left his ministry; he was removed from the ordained ministry altogether. His bishop removed him. There was something he did to which he confessed, and he is no longer a priest. I do not know the details. I don't need to know. My heart breaks for him, [...]

By |2020-01-14T09:39:58-06:00November 7th, 2019|Categories: For Pastors, Opinion, Pastoral Ministry|Tags: |3 Comments

The Daily Office Is Not Enough: The Importance of Reading Scripture Devotionally

It was J. I. Packer who made an Anglican out of me. Although I had attended a student-led Anglican service when I first became a seminarian at Regent College, it wasn’t until I moved to the Anglican church that Dr. Packer attended (and at which he sometimes led liturgy) that I was struck by the beauty and majesty of Anglican [...]

By |2020-01-14T09:39:59-06:00October 17th, 2019|Categories: Daily Office & Prayer, Opinion|Tags: , |3 Comments

Not “Just” a Deacon

Handshakes and metal plates I grew up around deacons. In my Southern Baptist upbringing, deacons were most commonly observed at the doors of the church offering handshakes and smiles. Otherwise, they were found in their other natural habitat: at the end of a pew passing or taking a metal plate. Often, this was an offertory plate, but on special occasions, [...]

By |2020-01-14T09:40:00-06:00October 3rd, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, For Pastors, Opinion, Pastoral Ministry|Tags: |8 Comments

If Women Can Be Saved, Then Women Can Be Priests: A Critique of the “in persona Christi” Argument Against Women’s Ordination

Editor’s Note: The piece below represents the opinion of the author. Anglican Pastor does not take a site-wide position for or against women’s ordination. We do, however, require both clarity and charity. We ask that your responses to it do so as well. After reading this piece, please see Lee Nelson's response and Emily McGowin's rejoinder. The connection between christology [...]

By |2020-01-14T11:31:08-06:00September 26th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Opinion, Theology|Tags: |33 Comments

Finding a Place for Lament in the Anglican Church

Born a little on the melancholy side, I was always attracted to the bleaker parts of Scripture. You know, the parts where a prophet would cry out to God for help, or where God would lament the betrayal of His bride. Or the psalms of lament where the psalmist feels desperate and horrifically abandoned. These passages captured my imagination like [...]

By |2020-01-14T09:40:01-06:00September 23rd, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Liturgy & Worship, Opinion|Tags: |0 Comments

A Tale of Two Weddings: How Far Should We Stretch the Liturgy?

Ah, Spain. A beautiful country where, every now and then, non-Catholics who are Christians get married. Or a Roman Catholic gets married to a non-Catholic, which often means no Catholic wedding. And sometimes these folks come to us Anglicans. Just how much can the Anglican liturgy be modified? In this article, I want to share my own experience as an [...]

By |2020-01-14T09:40:02-06:00September 16th, 2019|Categories: For Pastors, Opinion, Pastoral Ministry|Tags: , |1 Comment

How to Become a Subversive Church

Bowing to Baal I recently heard someone on the radio say that we (Americans) live in a “post-religion” nation. The radio personality went on to describe how America has become a land void of virtue, no longer giving spiritual matters much thought. In other words, America has become increasingly secular. This is, in my opinion, untrue. Allow me to suggest [...]

By |2020-01-14T09:40:03-06:00September 5th, 2019|Categories: Daily Office & Prayer, For Pastors, Opinion|0 Comments

Anglican, with a Love of Icons

Emanuel Burke previously shared his Anglican journey here: "Anglican, for the Love of God." In this post below, Emanuel shares about his journey into iconography. If you'd like to support his work, check out his Patreon page. Icons? Aren’t they idolatrous? Many Western Christians, particularly in America, have a difficult time understanding why icons are so meaningful and integral to the [...]

By |2020-01-14T09:40:03-06:00August 29th, 2019|Categories: Liturgy & Worship, Opinion|Tags: |4 Comments

John 17 Really Bugs Me: Church Unity and the Lack Thereof

Slightly edited from a sermon I recently preached at Church of the Savior in Wheaton, IL. There are just some passages of the Bible that you can’t get away from. Sometimes it’s because a passage is particularly inspiring, encouraging, or comforting. Think Psalm 23. Other times, it’s because the passage really bugs you. And I’ll confess that our Gospel lesson, [...]

By |2020-01-14T09:40:04-06:00August 22nd, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Miscellaneous, Opinion|Tags: , |1 Comment

An Anglican Pastor’s Letter to His Congregation After the Dayton and El Paso Shootings

Editor's Note: The following letter was written by Fr. Shawn McCain to his congregation, Resurrection Anglican Church in Austin, TX. It originally appeared on the church's website. With Shawn's permission, we're sharing it with you as we pray together for justice and peace. Rez family, We are all still reeling from mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton. If you’re like [...]

By |2020-01-14T09:40:05-06:00August 7th, 2019|Categories: Miscellaneous, Opinion|Tags: |0 Comments

Learning to Love the Whole Church: Why I Decided to Join the Anglican Church in North America

If someone had told me ten years ago that today I would be an Anglican priest, I would not have responded with joy or even disappointment; I simply would have been confused. Raised in a squarely evangelical culture, I grew up without conscious knowledge of liturgical denominations—and probably a degree of suspicion toward them. I still remember the first time [...]

By |2020-01-14T09:40:05-06:00August 1st, 2019|Categories: Miscellaneous, Opinion|Tags: , |3 Comments