It’s Time to Go to Church

The most significant decision a Christian makes every week is whether they will go to church. The corporate worship of God is the principal activity of the people of God, and as the Westminster Catechism reminds us, the reason for which we were created. No other decision will so impact a disciple’s beliefs and practices than entering the house of [...]

By |2020-10-23T12:10:09-05:00October 22nd, 2020|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , |4 Comments

Here’s How You Can Help a New Anglican

“You communicate it so clearly, it’s easy for anyone to understand, even if they weren’t always liturgical.” I remember walking into an Anglican church plant for the first time. I had so many questions! Why did they use a book of prayers? Why did the clergy wear a collar? What did the various colors mean? Where did this liturgy come [...]

By |2020-10-21T12:16:57-05:00October 21st, 2020|Categories: Editorial|Tags: , |0 Comments

Married to (a) Minister: The Vocation of a Priest’s Spouse

One of the first things I knew about my husband was that he had been accepted to two different seminaries. The following conversation was all about how he had spent the past year trying to discern what God was calling him to do. At the time, he thought God was calling him to become a counselor; I wouldn’t say his [...]

By |2020-10-19T07:35:00-05:00October 19th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , , |0 Comments

We Need Your Help to Build Anglican Compass!

We are asking our readers to give a monthly gift to help us continue this ministry and mission. Your gift of $5, $10, or $25 per month will directly support our team in serving new Anglicans, pastors, and leaders.  As a thank you, we’ll send you the devotional eBook, 30 Days with the Liturgy of Holy Communion by Greg Goebel. [...]

By |2020-10-11T07:47:44-05:00October 12th, 2020|Categories: Editorial|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Is Christian Maturity Attainable? It Depends on How You Define It

Growing up in the Church, Scripture passages that tell me to be perfect, mature, or grow up in Christ gave me both a pit in my stomach and a desire for maturity. I wanted to be mature, but it always felt like an impossible feat. Have you felt that? It kind of feels like the Christian equivalent of always “adulting” [...]

By |2020-10-06T16:51:43-05:00October 9th, 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 idea. The functions [...]

By |2020-10-07T09:59:17-05:00October 7th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , |0 Comments

Once More with Feeling: Recovering the Joy of Godly Lament

Ours is an age of happy-clappy religion in which everyone thinks that true spirituality is marked by Cheshire grins and saccharine clichés. But this isn’t Christianity, it’s a caricature. It is little more than Stoicism with a toothy facade painted onto it. Christianity grew from the fertile soil of Judaism, with its rich tradition of both hallelujahs and lamentations. The [...]

By |2020-10-04T16:03:20-05:00October 5th, 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? This is a good question. Writing a book is deeply personal. There is always a backstory to [...]

By |2020-10-02T11:38:05-05:00October 2nd, 2020|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Surprising Contextualizability of Anglicanism—Yes, Anglicanism—to Frontier Mission Fields

I remember it as clear as yesterday. Ahmet had left Islam and decided to follow Jesus. In the Middle Eastern country where I served, this was not illegal, but it also wasn’t easy. After a few months of walking with Jesus, Ahmet approached me and said, “Chris, now that I’ve become a Christian, tell me what our religious holy days [...]

By |2020-09-12T15:04:24-05:00September 28th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , |2 Comments

What Do Anglicans Believe? An Overview of Anglican Doctrine

The “Anglican” movement in the sixteenth century was a return to the pure and simple faith of Christianity as embodied in the Holy Scriptures. —W. H. Griffith Thomas What we believe shapes our identity, and ultimately, who we are. Singer-songwriter Rich Mullins affirmed this in an older song called “Creed.” In the words of the song, he writes: “And I [...]

By |2020-09-24T16:09:09-05:00September 24th, 2020|Categories: Anglicanism, Theology|Tags: , |6 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 Anglican Way: A Guidebook by Thomas McKenzie?" Similarities This is an excellent question, because [...]

By |2020-09-23T10:37:15-05:00September 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 where to start. Sometimes daily, I am [...]

By |2020-09-21T15:53:56-05:00September 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 worship. With discussion questions and recommended [...]

By |2020-09-21T08:55:20-05:00September 21st, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , |0 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 singularly captivating book. Dr. Meeks has given [...]

By |2020-09-12T15:00:37-05:00September 18th, 2020|Categories: Preaching|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Where Did Christ Descend To? The Rationale Behind the BCP 2019’s Translation of the Apostles’ Creed

Where did Christ descend to?  If you worshiped in an Anglican Church between 1552 (when the Creed was first printed in full in the Prayer Book) and 1979 you would answer “he descended to hell” because in the Apostles’ Creed as you would have learned it, that is what it says: “[He] was crucified, dead, and buried, He descended into [...]

By |2020-09-12T15:00:36-05:00September 16th, 2020|Categories: Theology|Tags: , |1 Comment

Bring Your Umbrella! “Garden Churches”

“With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? …. He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your [...]

By |2020-09-14T08:55:28-05:00September 12th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , |0 Comments

The Bible in the Book of Common Prayer

From its inception in 1549, the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) has always been a text intertwined with the text of the Bible. Many of the prayers utilize phrases that have been extracted from the Bible. Verses of the Bible are quoted directly (for example, Opening Sentences in the Daily Office and Offertory Sentences in the Eucharist service) and whole [...]

By |2020-09-08T12:31:43-05:00September 10th, 2020|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Churches, Make Sure You Get Generosity & Stewardship Right!

Do you know about The Evergreen Project? The Evergreen Project is an initiative of the Anglican Church in North America to help pastors and congregations grow in generosity and stewardship ministry. The main work of the Evergreen Project is collecting, creating, and curating the best resources for a thriving church. Now more than ever, every congregation needs to get generosity [...]

By |2020-09-08T11:28:03-05:00September 8th, 2020|Categories: Generosity|Tags: , |0 Comments

Don’t Sacrifice Your Anglican Youth Ministry on the Altar of Accessibility

When most of us think of “youth ministry,” there are usually several classic images that come to mind: goofy games, contemporary worship music with lots of energy, young youth ministers with cool clothes, and big summer church camps. While these things can be good (and I’m sure a lot of us have plenty of nostalgic youth group memories that look [...]

By |2020-09-11T14:50:32-05:00September 7th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , |1 Comment

Diving into Worship

“When she was in the kitchen, she would hum—not a steady tone, but entire melodies. Her humming was never soft and intimate, but loud and firm, as if she were humming for an audience. As a small child, if I knew the song she was humming, sometimes I would hum along with her, and my body would experience safety and [...]

By |2020-09-03T13:01:11-05:00September 3rd, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , |0 Comments

Putting Our Worship to Work: How the Pandemic Can Renew Our Relationship with Church

One summer during college I thought it would be fun to sew a dress for myself. I only succeeded because my grandmother intervened to rescue the project. Her generation still had a muscle memory for homegrown and homemade goods. I grew up shopping for what I needed. Our consumer economy trains us to buy, not to make.     This reality affects [...]

By |2020-08-11T10:16:42-05:00August 31st, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , |0 Comments

Why Do Anglicans Bow to the Cross?

I was a new Anglican, trying to participate by watching everyone else. I heard a voice shout "Please stand" and then "Blessed be God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit!" As a cross passed, some people bowed their heads. Parade of Clergy? Everyone stood up as we sang a hymn. I was looking upfront and nothing seemed to [...]

By |2020-08-19T11:57:45-05:00August 27th, 2020|Categories: Anglicanism, Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , |3 Comments

Teach Youth Hard Stuff: Why You Should Strive for Deep and Difficult Content in Your Student Ministry

Kids aren’t stupid. Today’s teenagers face more pressure to learn well and succeed academically than ever before. AP and IB programs around the country treat high school students like college students in the amount and difficulty level of the work assigned to them. Outside of the classroom, students are exposed to a host of heavy and difficult concepts in the [...]

By |2020-08-06T17:29:06-05:00August 24th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , |1 Comment

Contemplative Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty

We are living in some of the most challenging times the church has faced in recent decades. If truth be told, many leaders find themselves at a loss in times of crisis. One thing is for sure; we live in a different world than we did a few months ago, and things probably will never go back to the way [...]

By |2020-07-27T14:13:37-05:00August 20th, 2020|Categories: Leadership|Tags: |0 Comments
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