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: , |2 Comments

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

What Does the Bible Say about Justice? 5 Things to Remember

This is an incredibly important time for the community of Jesus as our nation grapples with the injustice of racial inequality. An unavoidable light is now shining on the systemic oppression and racism that has plagued the history of our country from its inception. The complicity of large swathes of the American church on issues of racial injustice has been [...]

By |2020-06-10T12:06:33-05:00June 10th, 2020|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Increasing Complexity for Ministry and Mission (COVID-19 Resource Roundup)

Expanding Our COVID-19 Resource Roundup Focus Last month it felt like many of our churches and leaders were finding their legs again. They had pivoted to various creative ministry avenues during the COVID-19 lockdowns. (Pivot and unprecedented are probably in the running for the word of the year.) Everyone was making plans for post-COVID-19 recovery and phased regathering. How would [...]

By |2020-06-08T15:44:31-05:00June 9th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , , |0 Comments

A Roundtable Discussion on Race, Justice, and Social Unrest (Webinar Recording)

We recently hosted a roundtable discussion on race, justice, and social unrest. Over 300 people attended the webinar live, and the recording is now available for those who were not able to join us in real-time! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qj8SYy4jPFA Archbishop Foley Beach has called the Anglican Church in North America to join him in prayer and fasting from Wednesday, June 3 to Wednesday, [...]

By |2020-06-05T17:06:49-05:00June 5th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

We Need Oneness, Not Sameness

“We are all the same.” This is a rallying cry we see again and again as we sift through the wreckage of our conflicts over differences. It’s a phrase that’s trying to take away pain, but it isn’t telling the truth. Differences are real. Declaring that differences don’t exist doesn’t just erase the beauty of diversity, it also offers the [...]

By |2020-06-05T11:57:39-05:00June 5th, 2020|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Join Us for a Roundtable Discussion on Race, Justice, and Social Unrest (Thur, Jun 4, 3pm EDT)

Join us for a webinar on Thursday, June 4 at 3:00pm Eastern. Hosted and moderated by Greg Goebel and Daniel Adkinson, our panelists will include Kimberly Deckel, Bishop Jim Hobby, Esau McCaulley, and other guests. Click here to register! Archbishop Foley Beach has called the Anglican Church in North America to join him in prayer and fasting from Wednesday, June [...]

By |2020-06-04T10:48:34-05:00June 3rd, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , , , , |8 Comments

Remember COVID-19? (COVID-19 Resource Roundup)

Whiplash! Remember COVID-19? Last week, we witnessed the tragic death of George Floyd. His murder released new waves of social conversation, violence, prayerful reflection, and a wide variety of responses within our communities. Amazingly, within a few days, the national focus on COVID-19 and COVID-19 recovery shifted. The COVID-19 crisis seems like it is 'so last week'...except that it is [...]

By |2020-06-02T07:29:19-05:00June 2nd, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , , |0 Comments
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