My Anchor Holds: Recollections of a Retired Priest

Posted on June 5, 2024
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Changes and Chances Be present, O merciful God, and protect us through the hours of this night, so that we who are wearied by the changes and chances of this life may rest in your eternal changelessness. A collect for Compline, Book of Common Prayer 2019 At age 56, I came to the stark realization that I…

Full Circle and Across the Globe: An Anglican Journey

Posted on April 9, 2024
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Growing up in Northern Ireland, Anglicanism often felt more like a gang than a religion. It wasn’t just about where your family went on Sunday; it was as much a part of your identity as having red hair, an aptitude for maths, or a brother on the rugby team.  We had five churches in our…

Encountering the Mystery of Anglicanism

Posted on April 4, 2024
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A Bright Morning I grew up the son of a Southern Baptist pastor. My entire young life was spent in church. I would go with my dad to youth group from an early age. On the weekends, when I was old enough, I’d do church projects and even learned to drive an excavator! Every November,…

From One Jesus Revolution to Another: An Anglican Journey

Posted on January 26, 2024
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The Faith Once Delivered to Me I grew up in a church affiliated with Calvary Chapel, a denomination that directly originated from the Jesus Movement. The Jesus Movement was a revival that spread throughout the world during the sixties and seventies, and it had a particularly strong influence among the counter-cultural youth on the West…

Why I Became Anglican (And You Should, Too!)

Posted on June 6, 2023
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After nearly four years of prayer, discernment, and hard discussions with friends and mentors, I officially left the Southern Baptist life I had grown up in to be confirmed into the Anglican Church of North America. This was a difficult decision for me. I had grown to love the biblical commitment of the SBC and…

From Methodist to Anglican: Returning to the Church of the Wesleys

Posted on May 23, 2023
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In 2022, I left my spiritual home of over 23 years. God was calling me from the United Methodist Church to the Anglican Church, and I am just now beginning to put this spiritual journey into words.  I realized that the United Methodist Church denomination that had nurtured me for so long was shifting. However,…

A Liberty Student Finds Anglicanism

Posted on February 27, 2023
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I reached a spiritual breaking point when I started college at Liberty University. Everyone seemed to be talking directly to Yahweh except for me, yet I couldn’t shake this feeling that something was off and that we were chasing not Christ, but a feeling, and that I was doing the same. Son of a Baptist…

Emotional Stability in the Daily Office

Posted on February 3, 2023
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Stability is required in any relationship. This is no less true for our Divine relationship than it is for our human ones. Just as marriages fail if fueled only by emotional highs, so Christians who live their lives seeking ecstatic experiences soon burn out. As a teenager and young man, I was seeking these Divine…

Finding a Fuller Table in Anglicanism

Posted on April 6, 2021
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“A meal tastes best when you’re hungry.”  It’s such an obvious truth, and one that my parish priest has been fond of repeating during the season of Lent. It explains why Anglicans traditionally fast in the days leading up to Easter. And it also, I think, captures a lot about my recent journey into Anglican…