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What’s the difference between the 1979 and 2019 Book of Common Prayer? Which Prayer Book should I buy?

I get a fair number of great questions from our readers via our contact form (which goes straight to my email inbox). I’m going to start sharing some common questions and my answers in these blog posts. I hope they’re helpful. If you have a clear, charitable suggestion for how my answer to a given question might be improved, […]

By |2020-12-22T10:33:48-06:00December 22nd, 2020|Categories: Anglicanism, Editorial|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Are Anglican Priests Allowed to Marry? I Sure Hope So!

Can Anglican priests get married? What about deacons? Bishops?

As a married Anglican priest myself, I’m happy to report that the answer is “Yes“!

As Article 32 of the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion puts it:

Of the Marriage of Priests
Bishops, priests and deacons are not commanded by God’s law, either to vow the estate of single life, or to abstain from marriage; therefore […]

By |2020-12-07T16:06:08-06:00December 2nd, 2020|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , , |0 Comments

What Do Anglicans Believe? An Overview of Anglican Beliefs

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 […]

By |2020-12-07T16:06:34-06:00September 24th, 2020|Categories: Anglicanism, Theology|Tags: , |6 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, […]

By |2020-12-07T16:06:44-06:00September 16th, 2020|Categories: Theology|Tags: , |2 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. […]

By |2020-12-07T16:06:53-06:00August 27th, 2020|Categories: Anglicanism, Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , |3 Comments

Anglican Definition: What Does “Anglican” Mean?

What does “Anglican” mean? This is a great, common, complicated question!

First, let’s get this out of the way: It’s “ANGLican,” not “ANGELican.” We don’t worship angels!

“Anglican” Means “English”

Next, let’s go to Merriam-Webster. On its own, the word “Anglican” simply means “English”—“of or relating to England or the English nation.” When applied to a segment of the Christian Church, it means […]

By |2021-01-07T14:23:10-06:00April 23rd, 2020|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , |1 Comment

Should We Pray Written Prayers? Didn’t Jesus Tell Us Not to Repeat Prayers?

Jesus teaches us how to pray by example and by explicit teaching. Embedded within the Sermon on the Mount written in the Gospel according to Matthew, there is an instruction from Jesus that seems to speak directly against repeating our prayers to God.

“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray […]

By |2021-01-07T14:21:20-06:00April 16th, 2020|Categories: Daily Office & Prayer|Tags: , |4 Comments
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