The Story of Our Hymns: The Storm Is Passing Over

This is the fourth in a series on sacred hymns, the story behind them, their text, a recording, and a simple companion devotional. “When the world is tossing me, like a ship upon the sea, thou who rulest wind and water, stand by me.” - Charles Albert Tindley Every Hymn Has a Story Charles Albert Tindley was born in Berlin, [...]

By |2020-07-22T09:54:34-05:00August 3rd, 2020|Categories: Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Never Enough: The Beautiful Insufficiency of the Diaconate

Deacons cannot absolve, bless, or consecrate. These "ABCs" of the diaconate are often the first and most consistent way that people describe the order today, inadvertently defining the most foundational of the Holy Orders by what deacons cannot do. I have attempted to add parochial reports to the list, but it neither follows the alphabetic scheme nor works out consistently [...]

By |2020-07-22T09:54:22-05:00July 30th, 2020|Categories: Theology|Tags: , |3 Comments

The COVID Crisis: A Terrible Thing to Waste

If your church is just riding out the pandemic, hoping that you can get back to normal, you are missing the opportunity of the century to reimagine the ministry of your congregation for the century ahead. The main activity of every congregation has been upended. Sunday worship, which has been the core of church life for 2000 in most places, [...]

By |2020-07-27T16:04:53-05:00July 28th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , |0 Comments

7 Leadership Essentials for Navigating a Strange New World

We live in a strange world where things like pandemics and protests seem to be the new norm. Since March 2020, the world has radically changed and will continue to change in the coming days ahead. Andy Crouch, Kurt Keilhacker, and Dave Blanchard describe the effects of COVID-19 as an economic and cultural blizzard, winter, and the beginning of a [...]

By |2020-07-22T09:54:12-05:00July 27th, 2020|Categories: Leadership|Tags: |0 Comments

J.I. Packer: A Remembrance

A letter arrived at our house just before Christmas. It was addressed to our then 4-year-old daughter, Anne Tyler; the envelope had two, silly stickers on the back. The letter itself was a single sheet, simply covered with stickers. It read, “You made a card for me, now I have made a card for you.” It was signed, Jim Packer. [...]

By |2020-07-24T15:40:12-05:00July 23rd, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: |0 Comments

Bridging the Divide: Anglicanism and the Supernatural

Since the beginning of the modern era, westerners have typically divided the world into two categories: natural and supernatural. The natural world is thought to contain everything that can be proven by science, can visibly be seen; it’s the world of evidence, facts, and reality. In other words, it’s the “real” world. The supernatural is then considered the realm of [...]

By |2020-07-14T12:05:47-05:00July 20th, 2020|Categories: Theology|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 as [...]

By |2020-07-14T10:07:33-05:00July 16th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , , |0 Comments

What is Anglo-Catholicism?

Whether you’ve been Anglican your whole life or are just starting to explore your local parish, chances are you’ve encountered the terms “Anglo-Catholic” and “Anglo-Catholicism.” What exactly do these terms mean? (How) is Anglo-Catholicism different from Anglicanism? What do Anglo-Catholics believe, teach, and do? I want to try to begin answering these questions in a simple way. This article is [...]

By |2020-07-09T16:26:10-05:00July 13th, 2020|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , |1 Comment

Catechesis as a Weapon against Racism

These are trying times in our country. As if a global pandemic was not bad enough, the great pandemic of racism has reared its ugly head once again through the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. It is not as if this issue disappeared for a season and came back in a new wave. Rather, those of [...]

By |2020-07-04T14:22:36-05:00July 10th, 2020|Categories: Opinion|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

Military Chaplains and the Local Church

When thinking about Anglican priests serving in the military as chaplains, it’s helpful to take perspective on what a select and small group comprises this cohort. About 0.4% of the U.S. population presently serves in the entire active-duty military. Unless a congregation is near a military base, few of those worshipping in an Anglican parish might actually know someone in [...]

By |2020-07-06T16:18:30-05:00July 8th, 2020|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , |0 Comments

Individual and Collective Sin – Principles for Action

How should we balance personal (individual) moral responsibility with collective (group) moral responsibility? Holy Scripture is replete with examples of individuals transgressing God’s law and destroying themselves and others. The law of Moses has many provisions for individuals to bring sacrifice to atone for individual sins. There are also countless examples of people, tribes, nations—collective groups of individuals—sinning against God [...]

By |2020-07-04T14:00:57-05:00July 6th, 2020|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , |0 Comments

I’m a Female Priest and I Support My Opponents in the Women’s Ordination Debate

There is not unanimous agreement about women’s ordination in the worldwide Anglican Communion. Godly and thoughtful Christians hold opposing convictions about Holy Orders and who is called to ordained ministry. You often see the results of this debate at the Provincial level—a national expression of the Church may or may not ordain women, in accordance with their conviction. But for [...]

By |2020-07-04T13:54:23-05:00July 2nd, 2020|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , |2 Comments

For the Good of the Order: A Plea for Charity on the Ordination of Women

Almost every vocational deacon I know, when asked why he or she has not become a priest, will respond, "I have never felt called to the priesthood." Some will add emphatically, "not for a minute!" I am not one of those deacons. I don't share this story often, rarely in its fullness, and never in public non-anonymous writing. Be gentle [...]

By |2020-06-29T15:29:18-05:00July 1st, 2020|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , |12 Comments

The Next Normal? Not So Fast (COVID-19 Final Resource Roundup)

Early on in the midst of this global pandemic, Ed Stetzer told us to think about the next few months like an accordion. He predicted multiple phases of expanding and contracting in terms of our ability to gather in-person. We are beginning to see this accordion effect. The U. S. News & World Report ran an article Monday morning about [...]

By |2020-06-30T11:28:51-05:00June 30th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Reading the Bible with the Caroline Divines: 4 Homiletical Takeaways

In the shadows cast by the early English reformers (such as Cramner and Hooker) on the one side, and the giants of Anglican theology since the 18th century on the other, sits the rich trove of Anglican theologians and devotional writers known collectively as the Caroline Divines. “Caroline” (derived from the Latin version of the name “Charles”) is the term [...]

By |2020-06-29T12:16:09-05:00June 29th, 2020|Categories: Preaching|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

5 Essential Elements of a Funeral Sermon

It’s been an exhausting week. You spent much of it at the hospital, praying for a dying Christian, giving comfort to a grieving family. You missed time with your own family to be a pastor to the parish. You sat with a beloved parishioner’s children as they argued over how they wanted the funeral and burial to go. It was [...]

By |2020-06-24T05:48:30-05:00June 25th, 2020|Categories: Preaching|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

4 Essential Elements of Missional Leadership

Leading a church through the changes required for missional living is seriously complex work. Many people, understandably, are fearful of the disruption taking place in our culture. With political and racial tensions reaching new heights in our communities, neighbors now see one another as enemies. Having any sort of conversation, let alone a faith conversation, puts people on edge. But [...]

By |2020-06-24T06:04:37-05:00June 24th, 2020|Categories: Leadership|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Regaining Rhythm? (COVID-19 Resource Roundup)

The last few months have been incredibly disruptive. We have all been navigating a global pandemic. Now, we are navigating phases of COVID-19 recovery (and possible resurgences) alongside renewed conversations about race and justice amidst social unrest. As we move into the Summer, many congregations are regaining some sort of rhythm as they begin regathering. We have also noticed a [...]

By |2020-06-23T10:07:39-05:00June 23rd, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Story of Our Hymns: There Is a Fountain Filled with Blood

This is the third of a series on sacred hymns, the story behind them, their text, a recording, and a simple companion devotional. “God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform; He plants his footsteps in the sea, and rides upon the storm.” ~William Cowper Every Hymn Has a Story William Cowper was born in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England [...]

By |2020-06-22T08:06:19-05:00June 22nd, 2020|Categories: Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , , |3 Comments

The Consolations of Compline in Quarantine (and Beyond)

In the shadow of a global pandemic and the uncertainty it has brought to every aspect of life, I have found myself drawn again and again to the Compline service in the Book of Common Prayer. I have especially found deep comfort in the service’s collects and prayers, which deftly blend a realism about the contingencies of life with an [...]

By |2020-06-17T09:47:41-05:00June 18th, 2020|Categories: Daily Office & Prayer|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Beginning to Regather for Worship (COVID–19 Resource Roundup)

Our COVID–19 Resource Roundup Focus This Week This week, we want to highlight several different areas. First, the national conversation is focused on race, justice, and social unrest. There is a robust conversation taking place and we are seeing different responses from church leaders. Anglican Compass published "A Letter to Fellow ACNA Clergy" and hosted a Roundtable Discussion Webinar on [...]

By |2020-06-16T06:07:31-05:00June 16th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Wai to Prevent Coronavirus: Learning from Global Anglicans

One of the beautiful aspects of following Jesus on the Anglican way is that we walk this path alongside millions of Christians throughout the entire world. The Anglican Communion consists of over 80 million Christians worldwide, which makes it the third-largest body of Christians. We have such a tremendously rich resource in the global Anglican Communion! If we have “ears [...]

By |2020-06-15T14:01:07-05:00June 15th, 2020|Categories: Opinion|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 annual Anglican Theology Conference, entitled “What is Anglicanism?” Speakers included: Mouneer Hanna Anis, bishop of [...]

By |2020-07-07T16:06:32-05:00June 12th, 2020|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , , |2 Comments
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