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 […]
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 […]
“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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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?
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
“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 […]
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. […]
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.
Because two weeks after I started outlining the work, I ran into a wall.
COVID-19. The Coronavirus. The Pandemic.
It changed everything. Oh, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
Ask the Editors! An Interview with Greg Goebel and Joshua Steele about Anglican Pastor’s New Lent Book
Who is this book for?
This book is for anyone and everyone interested in the ancient Christian season of Lent.
If you’ve never observed Lent before, there’s plenty to learn! But even if you’ve been observing Lent for a long time, we trust that the personal reflections and collect reflections we’ve assembled […]
The following is Tai French’s review of A Thrill of Hope: Celebrating Advent at Home by Ashley Wallace.
If you, like Tai, enjoy A Thrill of Hope, would you please leave a 5-star review on Amazon? It’s the best, easiest way to get the word out about the book!
A brief and delightful read, A Thrill of […]
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 […]
REVIEW: “We Give Our Thanks Unto Thee: Essays in Memory of Fr. Alexander Schmemann,” edited by Porter C. Taylor
How should the Church relate to the world?
Is our primary relationship one of acceptance or rejection, engagement or retreat, affection or animosity? Is it appropriate for ordained clergy to engage in local or national politics, even from the pulpit? How exactly are we to think of this world, this beautiful gift and fallen mess which we are “in,” but not […]
“What is the allure of liturgy for a new generation?”
Based upon his field research over the past few years, Winfield Bevins has provided us with a book-length answer to this question in Ever Ancient, Ever New: The Allure of Liturgy for a New Generation.
I’m very glad he’s done so, […]