Reformation Anglican Worship by Jensen (Review)

Prefatory note: This is an updated version of my earlier review of Reformation Anglican Worship. The original post engendered a fruitful and clarifying conversation between the Rev. Dr. Jensen and myself, in which I profited much. In particular, he highlighted a couple of areas in that first version where he felt my reading was not altogether fair. I […]

By |2021-09-02T07:35:32-05:00August 25th, 2021|Categories: Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , |1 Comment

All Things Anglican by Throup (Review)

Marcus Throup’s All Things Anglican offers anyone who seeks to know more about this particular tradition within the Christian faith an excellent overview and place to start. 

What is unique about Anglicanism is the different nuances and beliefs that many who adhere to such a title hold, and as such, when trying to figure out where you […]

By |2021-08-12T14:19:25-05:00August 16th, 2021|Categories: Anglicanism, Miscellaneous|Tags: , |0 Comments

Walking in God’s Wisdom: The Book of Proverbs by Quinn (Review)

Most books of the Bible have an obvious internal coherence. It’s easy to understand why an unfolding narrative or the argument of an epistle is presented as a book in our Bibles. But, for many of us, the book of Proverbs evades this sort of analysis. 

The book of Proverbs seems to be a collection […]

By |2021-08-12T14:17:08-05:00August 13th, 2021|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , |0 Comments

There is a Future: A Year of Daily Midrash by Bornman (Review)

Poet, writer, artist, and designer Amy Bornman’s first book, There Is a Future: A Year of Daily Midrash, explores Scripture narratives through the lens of midrash. “Midrash,” Bornman reminds us, “is a practice in study and imagination.” The rabbinical tradition “honors the text by wondering about it.” As such, this book is her grand vehicle for traversing […]

By |2021-08-19T09:05:23-05:00August 12th, 2021|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , |0 Comments

The City is My Monastery by Richard Carter (Review)

Whether it’s Benedictine, Franciscan, Augustinian, or any other monastic spirituality, each one has a book called a Rule of Life. These Rules spell out each order’s unique character and practices, such as the balanced life of prayer and work that the Benedictines are famous for, or the holy poverty embraced by the Franciscans. These Rules date back to […]

By |2021-08-12T14:03:10-05:00August 12th, 2021|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , |0 Comments

An Outline of an Anglican Life by Tarsitano (Review)

I regret not having come across this book earlier in my exploration of Anglicanism. For those of us who come from contemporary or non-liturgical church settings, our first encounter with Anglicanism can be confusing. But here, in a concise 185 pages, is a book that answers literally scores of questions about this form of the Christian faith. It […]

By |2021-08-19T09:13:02-05:00August 12th, 2021|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , |0 Comments

Living in God’s True Story: 2 Peter (Review)

Have you ever stopped to consider what “story” you are living in? What we believe is true about the world, or “the story” of the world, profoundly shapes how we live. 

Living in God’s True Story: 2 Peter by the Rev. Dr. Donald L. Morcom seeks to challenge what we believe to be the […]

By |2021-07-06T15:28:54-05:00July 7th, 2021|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , |0 Comments

Worshiping with the Reformers by Karin Maag (Review)

When I began Worshiping with the Reformers by Karin Maag, I expected a history lesson and perhaps a further introduction into more of the details of the Anglican tradition. What I did not expect was the book captivating me in such a way that I found myself sitting in worship with my eyes watching the liturgy playing […]

By |2021-07-06T13:38:10-05:00July 6th, 2021|Categories: Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , |1 Comment

Transformed In Christ: 1 Corinthians (Review)

Transformed In Christ: 1 Corinthians is a concise, easily accessible summary of the apostle Paul’s first letter to the young church in Corinth, a large, prosperous, Greek city. Authors Ron Elsdon and William Olhausen lead us, through an examination of specific questions that Paul answered in his letter, into a rich understanding of the struggles faced as […]

By |2021-06-29T11:19:32-05:00June 29th, 2021|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

NET Bible Full Notes Edition from Thomas Nelson (Review)

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to read the Bible with a Bible translator—discussing how they got from Hebrew and Greek to the English text in front of you—then you should check out the NET Bible Full Notes Edition from Thomas Nelson.

What I like about the NET […]

By |2021-06-26T12:48:37-05:00June 26th, 2021|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , |0 Comments

The BibleProject Coffee Table Book (Review)

You need to know about the BibleProject

If you’ve not yet browsed the BibleProject’s free library of resources, stop what you’re doing and go browse BibleProject.com!

Seriously, other than perhaps the free tools available at NetBible.org, the BibleProject is the best collection of free Bible study resources online that […]

By |2021-06-22T16:42:49-05:00June 23rd, 2021|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Logos Academic: Bible Software That’s Not Just for Academics! (Review)

Logos Bible Software is an affiliate partner of Anglican Compass. I regularly recommend their software and resources because I think that they’re incredibly beneficial to anyone who wants to learn more about the Bible and Christian theology.

If you take a look at Logos’ offerings, you’ll notice that, in addition to selling thousands of books individually, 

By |2021-06-22T10:39:38-05:00June 22nd, 2021|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , |1 Comment

Anglicanism: A Reformed Catholic Tradition by Gerald Bray (Review)

If you’re looking for a brief introduction to Anglicanism written by a well-known and conservative Anglican theologian, then you should take a look at Anglicanism: A Reformed Catholic Tradition (Lexham Press, 2021, 166p) by Gerald Bray.

Building upon his previous accessible commentary on the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion (The Faith We Confess), Bray, a […]

By |2021-06-21T13:15:14-05:00June 21st, 2021|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , |1 Comment

The Historical Dictionary of Anglicanism by Colin Buchanan (Brief Book Review)

The 2015 second edition of Bishop Colin Buchanan’s Historical Dictionary of Anglicanism, published by Rowman & Littlefield, is an extraordinarily comprehensive and informative resource for getting a grasp on the historical breadth and depth of the Anglican tradition.

Yes, the book is expensive, but it would be well worth the expense for an Anglican […]

By |2021-02-10T16:56:25-06:00February 10th, 2021|Categories: Anglicanism, History|Tags: , |0 Comments

A People’s Companion to Holy Communion (Brief Book Review)

The Seabury Society has published a slim volume called A People’s Companion to Holy Communion, meant to function as a guided tour through the Holy Communion service in the ACNA’s 2019 Prayer Book. As explained in the Preface, this book builds upon the 1914 work of Bernard Iddings Bell, The People’s Book of the Holy […]

By |2021-02-10T16:56:57-06:00February 10th, 2021|Categories: Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , |1 Comment

A Way with Words by Daniel Darling (Brief Book Review)

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I despair about the quality of online conversations among Christians. I’m sure that every tribe has their issues, but we Anglicans can be particularly menacing in Twitter threads and Facebook comments. We’re trying to chart a better, “clarity and charity” path forward here at Anglican Compass, but it’s tough to do! […]

By |2021-02-10T17:01:26-06:00February 10th, 2021|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , |0 Comments

Learning Theology through the Church’s Worship by Dennis Okholm (Review)

Theology and worship are, or at least ought to be, inseparable. Furthermore, every Christian is a theologian, not just the academics. And we Christians should follow the examples of our early brothers and sisters in Christ who “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42). What a fine […]

By |2021-02-10T17:01:14-06:00February 2nd, 2021|Categories: Miscellaneous, Theology|Tags: , |1 Comment

Reformation Anglicanism, Volume 1 (A Review)

Book Information: Reformation Anglicanism: A Vision for Today’s Global Communion, vol. I in The Reformation Anglicanism Essential Library, eds. Ashley Null and John Yates III (Crossway, 2017, 224 pages, $35.00).

Introduction

Reformation Anglicanism is the first volume of The Reformation Anglicanism Essential Library, a series that seeks to cast […]

By |2020-12-15T17:03:54-06:00December 15th, 2020|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: |0 Comments

Don’t Miss The Christian Essentials Series from Lexham Press (A Review)

When it comes to learning the essentials of the Christian faith, there’s no need to reinvent the wheel (in fact, please don’t!).

Christians have covered the basics in a process of instruction and learning called “catechesis” for centuries. And documents used for this purposed (called “catechisms”) have frequently focused on the Apostles’ Creed, the […]

By |2020-11-02T16:48:11-06:00October 27th, 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 […]

By |2020-09-12T15:00:37-05:00September 18th, 2020|Categories: Preaching|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 […]
By |2020-07-14T10:07:33-05:00July 16th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|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 […]

By |2021-01-07T14:19:08-06:00June 12th, 2020|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , |2 Comments

A Review of “Uncommon Ground: Living Faithfully in a World of Difference,” Edited by Timothy Keller and John Inazu

Timothy Keller and John Inazu—along with 10 other contributors, ranging from Tish Harrison Warren to Lecrae—have put together a book that describes “how Christians can engage with those around us, while both respecting people whose beliefs differ from our own and maintaining our gospel confidence” (xi). They are looking for a way forward […]

By |2020-07-07T16:06:40-05:00May 14th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , , |0 Comments

How to Lead in Uncharted Territory: A Review of “Canoeing the Mountains” by Tod Bolsinger

Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory by Tod Bolsinger came highly recommended. Last year, I received a copy of the book from Archbishop Foley Beach. He had read it and found it so helpful that he sent each rector in our Diocese (ADOTS) a copy of the book.

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By |2020-07-07T16:06:42-05:00May 8th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors, Leadership|Tags: , |0 Comments