The Decalogue: A Rookie Anglican Guide

Posted on March 12, 2024

The Decalogue is a responsive paraphrase of the Ten Commandments, used (sometimes) in the Sunday Communion service. Each commandment is recited by the priest and is followed by a congregational response. For example, here is the first commandment: God spoke these words and said: I am the Lord your God. You shall have no other…

Isn’t Eating and Drinking the Body and Blood of Jesus…Gross?

Posted on August 19, 2019

A common reaction I am a lecturer at an evangelical liberal arts college. One of my main responsibilities is to teach the Christian doctrine course required for all undergraduates. In every class, the question of what is or isn’t happening at the Lord’s Table is always a source of fascination and debate. “Wait a minute,”…

Holy Communion: A Rookie Anglican Guide to the Eucharist

Posted on August 27, 2018

This article was originally written in 2018 using the 1979 BCP. It was updated for the 2019 BCP in 2023. Have you ever wondered what’s going on during a liturgical service of Holy Communion (AKA Eucharist, AKA Lord’s Supper, AKA, Lord’s Table)? So many moving parts! And what’s the deal with shaking hands in the…

A Gift of God: The Eucharist Revives a Weary Christian

Posted on May 4, 2018

“OK, let’s sing that verse again,” the worship leader said. “And this time sing it with everything you’ve got!” I was sitting in the back row of the church cradling a sleeping baby. I was lonely and exhausted—deeply disconnected from the upbeat music coming from the stage. A voice inside my head whispered back to…