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The Heritage of Anglican Theology by J.I. Packer (Review)

J. I. Packer. The Heritage of Anglican Theology. (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2021, 384 pages, $39.99)

Remembering Packer

About a decade ago, I came across a copy of J.I. Packer’s Knowing God in Kathmandu (long story). I remember little from my reading that night save for Packer’s obvious, humble confidence […]

By |2021-03-23T16:55:15-05:00March 23rd, 2021|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: |2 Comments

The Historical Dictionary of Anglicanism by Colin Buchanan (Brief Book Review)

The 2015 second edition of Bishop Colin Buchanan’s Historical Dictionary of Anglicanism, published by Rowman & Littlefield, is an extraordinarily comprehensive and informative resource for getting a grasp on the historical breadth and depth of the Anglican tradition.

Yes, the book is expensive, but it would be well worth the expense for an Anglican […]

By |2021-02-10T16:56:25-06:00February 10th, 2021|Categories: Anglicanism, History|Tags: , |0 Comments

A People’s Companion to Holy Communion (Brief Book Review)

The Seabury Society has published a slim volume called A People’s Companion to Holy Communion, meant to function as a guided tour through the Holy Communion service in the ACNA’s 2019 Prayer Book. As explained in the Preface, this book builds upon the 1914 work of Bernard Iddings Bell, The People’s Book of the Holy […]

By |2021-02-10T16:56:57-06:00February 10th, 2021|Categories: Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , |1 Comment

A Way with Words by Daniel Darling (Brief Book Review)

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I despair about the quality of online conversations among Christians. I’m sure that every tribe has their issues, but we Anglicans can be particularly menacing in Twitter threads and Facebook comments. We’re trying to chart a better, “clarity and charity” path forward here at Anglican Compass, but it’s tough to do! […]

By |2021-02-10T17:01:26-06:00February 10th, 2021|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , |0 Comments

Learning Theology through the Church’s Worship by Dennis Okholm (Review)

Theology and worship are, or at least ought to be, inseparable. Furthermore, every Christian is a theologian, not just the academics. And we Christians should follow the examples of our early brothers and sisters in Christ who “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42). What a fine […]

By |2021-02-10T17:01:14-06:00February 2nd, 2021|Categories: Miscellaneous, Theology|Tags: , |1 Comment

Jesus and Psalm 22: Sorrow and Satisfaction

When Jesus was crucified on His Cross, the last words He spoke before he died are extraordinary examples of what was in His heart. Jesus cried out “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?” This is one of the most passionate and intense moments in the entire Scripture—the Son of God crying out the opening […]

By |2021-01-18T10:07:44-06:00January 18th, 2021|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Psalm on the Cross: Learn More about Psalm 22, Christ’s Song of Sorrow and Victory

Psalm 22 is a pilgrimage from the depths of pain and suffering to the final proclamation of victory. Jesus knew the entire psalm by heart and understood the psalm as a prophetic depiction of his own death but also a prophetic declaration of hope and victory at the end. The Psalm on the Cross is a […]

By |2021-01-14T15:06:24-06:00January 14th, 2021|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Did God Forsake Jesus? Take A Closer Look at Psalm 22

“My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?”

These were the dying words of Jesus as he hung on the cross on Mount Calvary. But what did He mean by them?

These words are read as part of the “Seven Last Words of Jesus from The Cross”. And they raise […]

By |2021-01-07T14:10:33-06:00January 7th, 2021|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 […]

By |2020-11-02T16:48:11-06:00October 27th, 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 […]

By |2020-12-07T16:06:24-06:00October 7th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , |0 Comments

Tell Us More! An Interview with Winfield Bevins about Simply Anglican

We just published Simply Anglican by Winfield Bevins. Winfield graciously agreed to answer some questions about the book’s backstory and what he hopes it will accomplish!


What prompted you to write this book? Why do you think it’s important that this book exists?

By |2020-12-07T16:06:27-06:00October 2nd, 2020|Categories: Anglicanism|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. […]

By |2020-09-12T15:02:23-05:00September 30th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: |0 Comments

What’s the Difference Between Simply Anglican and The Anglican Way?

In case you haven’t heard, we recently published Simply Anglican: An Ancient Faith for Today’s World by Winfield Bevins (#1 New Release in Anglican Christianity!).

It’s an easy-to-read introduction to Anglicanism, prompting many of our readers to ask “What’s the difference between Simply Anglican and The […]

By |2021-01-07T14:17:53-06:00September 22nd, 2020|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , |1 Comment

Why *another* book on Anglicanism? Winfield Bevins explains!

Anglican Compass’s latest book, Simply Anglican: An Ancient Faith for Today’s World by Winfield Bevins, is available for purchase in both Kindle and paperback editions. The following post is an excerpt from the book.


Since I became an Anglican I have had countless conversations with those who are seriously exploring Anglicanism but don’t know […]

By |2021-01-07T14:18:05-06:00September 21st, 2020|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , |0 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 […]

By |2021-01-07T14:17:37-06:00September 21st, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: |2 Comments

The Foolishness of God: Reclaiming Preaching in the Anglican Tradition (Review)

“Sermons aren’t commentaries, sermons are events” (14).

This statement from J. Brandon Meeks encapsulates the message of his new book, The Foolishness of God: Reclaiming Preaching in the Anglican Tradition (affiliate link). This collection of essays possesses rich reflection on preaching from a brilliant man. To me, The Foolishness of God is a […]

By |2020-09-12T15:00:37-05:00September 18th, 2020|Categories: Preaching|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. […]

By |2020-09-12T14:57:58-05:00September 14th, 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.

It changed everything. Oh, […]

By |2020-08-18T11:27:12-05:00August 18th, 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 […]
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

The Future of Orthodox Anglicanism (Review)

With an admirable diversity of contributors, this book is a bracingly informative look at the challenges involved, even within “orthodox Anglicanism,” in defining what it means to be an Anglican Christian.


What is Anglicanism? Good Question!

In September 2018, Beeson Divinity School held its first […]

By |2021-01-07T14:19:08-06:00June 12th, 2020|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , |2 Comments

A Review of “Uncommon Ground: Living Faithfully in a World of Difference,” Edited by Timothy Keller and John Inazu

Timothy Keller and John Inazu—along with 10 other contributors, ranging from Tish Harrison Warren to Lecrae—have put together a book that describes “how Christians can engage with those around us, while both respecting people whose beliefs differ from our own and maintaining our gospel confidence” (xi). They are looking for a way forward […]

By |2020-07-07T16:06:40-05:00May 14th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , , |0 Comments

How to Lead in Uncharted Territory: A Review of “Canoeing the Mountains” by Tod Bolsinger

Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory by Tod Bolsinger came highly recommended. Last year, I received a copy of the book from Archbishop Foley Beach. He had read it and found it so helpful that he sent each rector in our Diocese (ADOTS) a copy of the book.

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By |2020-07-07T16:06:42-05:00May 8th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors, Leadership|Tags: , |0 Comments

Read “The Rector and the Vestry,” A Guide for Rectors, Wardens, and Vestry Members

It took about three months to finish this one phone call. When I was done, I had a book called The Rector and the Vestry. It is now available on Amazon.

In November of 2019, I was speaking with a friend and colleague in ministry. He is the Rector of a small but growing church that he planted about seven […]

By |2020-03-24T20:43:16-05:00March 23rd, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: |0 Comments

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