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Today in the Spirit: Proper 12B

Posted on July 21, 2024

We come to Proper 12B, and, following Mark’s Gospel, we come to the narrative immediately following last week’s account of Jesus feeding the five thousand. Mark 6:45-52 contains that Gospel’s briefer (compared with Matthew) but detail-rich account of our Lord’s walking on the water of the Sea of Galilee. My commentary below seeks to demonstrate…

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Review Roundup: Deep Anglicanism

Posted on July 19, 2024

Recently, theologian and frequent Anglican Compass contributor The Rev. Dr. Gerald McDermott released Deep Anglicanism: A Brief Guide, his accessible but not lightweight introduction to the Anglican tradition. We were excited to get our hands on this new volume, released by Nashotah House Press, written by one of modern Anglicanism’s most prolific writers. Such was…

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Book Review: A New History of Redemption

Posted on July 17, 2024

Few scholars could even attempt to write a book like A New History of Redemption, Gerald McDermott’s recent work of near-comprehensive theological history. McDermott borrows the title and structure from an unfinished project of Jonathan Edwards, the 18th-century Puritan, who outlined the project but did not live to complete it. And no wonder: Edwards’ idea…

Political Violence and a Crucified Lord

Political Violence and a Crucified Lord

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How should Christians react to a rise in political violence? Anger is justified, but sin is not. Rather, we look to our crucified Lord: whose conviction was political violence, whose crucifixion was political violence, who himself grieved political violence, but whose resurrection triumphed over political violence. As Christians, we proclaim the superior hope of repentance…

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A Holy Place: Preserving Historic Churches

Posted on July 15, 2024

A few weeks ago, my church took a field trip—one that went over the road and almost 200 years into the past. A small group of us met in one of our village’s oldest buildings, a tiny stone chapel constructed in 1853 to serve the tiny population of English settlers who’d brought their faith with…

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Today in the Spirit: Proper 11B

Posted on July 14, 2024

This Sunday, in Proper 11B, we continue our liturgical walk with Jesus in Mark’s account of the Feeding of the Five Thousand. This is one of the few pre-Crucifixion incidents in Jesus’ ministry that appears in all four Gospels, and in Year B of the lectionary, it is scheduled so that we hear it twice…

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My Anchor Holds, Part 2: My Ministry in the ACNA

Posted on July 9, 2024

(This is the second and final part of David Wilson’s ministry story. Check out the first installment here.) I served as President of the Standing Committee in 2008, the year the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church deposed our bishop, Robert Duncan, and our diocese realigned out of the Episcopal Church. I served as the…

Hymn Guide: Lift High the Cross

Posted on July 8, 2024

“Lift High the Cross” is a hymn of missionary encouragement and spiritual victory. It sets forth the paradox of the cross: that an instrument of torture and death has become a symbol of triumph and life.

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Today in the Spirit: Proper 10B

Posted on July 7, 2024

In the Sunday lectionary, there is significant coverage of Jesus’ instructions to the apostles sent out on mission as recorded in the Gospels. In Year A, for three Sundays, we hear consecutive sections of Matthew 10 (a significant teaching discourse in Matthew on principles of missionary conduct). In Year B, Proper 10, the shorter version…

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Independence Day: A Rookie Anglican Guide

Posted on July 3, 2024

The 4th of July, American Independence Day, is both a celebration of American political liberty and a universal commemoration of God’s priority over government. On this day, we remember that human laws are evaluated by the standard of God’s law, not the other way around. The Collect Lord God, by your providence our founders won…

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A Spirit of Unity: Reflections on the Provincial Assembly

Posted on July 2, 2024

The 2024 ACNA Provincial Assembly just wrapped up in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. As the Assembly only happens every five years, this was my first. I honestly didn’t know what to expect. Here at Anglican Compass, we emphasize navigating our tradition with clarity and charity. But I’m well aware that many online Anglican conversations often lack in…

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Today in the Spirit: Proper 9B

Posted on June 30, 2024

The common theme found in the assigned readings for Proper 9B is the dangers of speaking up for the Lord in answer to a prophetic calling. The church moves us forward in Mark’s narrative of Jesus’ ministry to Mark 6:1-6, the brief account (paralleled in Matthew 13:54-58) of a ministry stop of our Lord in…

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Everywhere Forward: The Legacy of Archbishop Foley Beach

Posted on June 28, 2024

“Forward. Always Forward. Everywhere Forward.” Archbishop Beach used these words at the beginning of his tenure as Archbishop, borrowed from the motto of Saint Vincent College. Now that he concludes his tenure, it is fitting to reflect on his remarkable journey, together with the breadth of his ministry at home and abroad. Guided by his…

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The New Trend of Anglican Growth

Posted on June 27, 2024

The Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) reported another year of numerical growth, reaching its highest-ever Sunday attendance level. The increase represents a complete recovery from COVID lows, a new growth trend, and a mandate for mission. All-Time High Reported 2023 Sunday Attendance came in at 84,794, an all-time high for the ACNA since its…

Meet Us at Assembly!

Posted on June 26, 2024

Anglican Compass is at the ACNA Provincial Assembly in Latrobe, Pennsylvania! What is the Provincial Assembly, you ask? Check out our recent Rookie Anglican Guide! Throughout the week, we’ll highlight some of the plenary talks and breakouts from the event and reflect on the archiepiscopal ministry of our outgoing Archbishop, Foley Beach. We will also…

Provincial Assembly: A Rookie Anglican Guide

Posted on June 25, 2024

The Provincial Assembly is a gathering of Anglicans from across the province. Its purpose is to conduct business under the Holy Spirit and the Scriptures, encourage one another in gospel mission, enjoy fellowship, and celebrate the Eucharist. In the Anglican Church of North America, the Provincial Assembly meets at least once every five years, at…

A Walk Through the Prayer Book

Book Review: A Walk Through the Prayer Book

Posted on June 24, 2024

Klukas, Arnold W. A Walk Through the Prayer Book: The 2019 Book of Common Prayer Explained. Anglican House, 2023. 118 pp. As the Anglican Church in North America celebrates its fifteenth year, its 2019 edition of the Book of Common Prayer likewise celebrates five years of use. Fittingly, Anglican House Publishers has released a helpful…