Remembering Rod Whitacre: The Ukulele Evangelist

Posted on May 8, 2024
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In early 2023, the Rev. Dr. Rod Whitacre sat in a hospital bed, reflecting on his life with his son Chad. He was receiving treatment for lymphoma and would soon decide to come home to hospice care. Together that day, they remembered Rod’s many published contributions to New Testament studies, including the IVP New Testament…

On This Most Holy Night: An Easter Vigil with the Arts

Posted on April 22, 2024
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An Ancient Tradition The first Easter Vigil I ever attended was in southern Ukraine, what is now annexed Crimea. I was 15 years old, on a spring break mission trip with my Christian high school. I don’t remember as much as I wish I did (and I admit I was smitten with a particular boy…

Saint Thomas Sunday: A Rookie Anglican Guide

Posted on April 6, 2024
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The Sunday after Easter is also called “Saint Thomas Sunday.” This Sunday, we read the story of the apostle Thomas, his doubts about the news of the resurrection, and his confession of faith when Jesus showed him his wounds. It is a day to acknowledge skepticism and celebrate belief. Most importantly, Saint Thomas Sunday is…

A Renaissance of the Christian Imagination: The Anselm Society

Posted on November 14, 2023
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Brian Brown and his wife, Christina, put their finger on a troubling trend within their community ten years ago. They noticed that friends of theirs who were artists often felt forgotten or even mistrusted within the church, so they had to find other communities to support their artistic endeavors. Churches, in turn, had little idea…

Cinnamon-Scented Discipleship: Curating Art in Children’s Ministry

Posted on September 29, 2023
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Known, Loved, Not Alone At Restoration Anglican Church in Arlington, VA, this distillation of the Gospel—known, loved, not alone—permeates all aspects of children’s ministry. It’s on small group leaders’ T-shirts, printed with whimsical illustrations on stickers to take home, and echoed in every lesson. Kids are repeatedly reminded: God knows you (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 139:1-4). He…

Full Circle with Anglican Compass: The Editor’s Story

Posted on June 14, 2023
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Becoming the Editor of Anglican Compass is a full-circle experience. It’s possible that I wouldn’t be an Anglican without Anglican Compass, much less have been ordained a priest in this tradition. I spent my first 34 years in Southern Baptist churches, after all. Only God could have orchestrated the journey by which he led me…