What Do Anglicans Believe about the Sacraments? (Baptism, Holy Communion, Confirmation, Ordination, Marriage, Absolution, Anointing of the Sick)

From The ACNA Catechism The following is an excerpt from the Anglican Church in North America's catechism, To Be a Christian: An Anglican Catechism (Crossway, 2020), pp. 55–63. You can download a PDF of the entire catechism here. Concerning Sacraments 121. What is a sacrament? A sacrament is an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace. God [...]

By |2020-02-12T17:52:10-06:00February 10th, 2020|Categories: Anglicanism, Sacraments|Tags: , |2 Comments

The Incarnation: What is It? Why Does it Matter?

This post is a part of Rookie Anglican, a blog dedicated to Making Anglicanism Accessible. It was first preached as a sermon by Fr. Steven Lanclos on January 3, 2018 at Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd in Pelham, AL. That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked [...]

By |2019-01-08T17:05:34-06:00January 4th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Theology|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Getting Over the Hurdle of Infant Baptism: An Atonement Argument

Like many current Anglicans, I grew up as a Baptist, a Southern Baptist in fact. I even went to a Baptist College on the campus of a Southern Baptist Seminary and got a wonderful foundational education in the Scriptures and Great Books. When I married an Anglican, we started attending Baptist churches but never found ourselves in a place where [...]

By |2019-01-08T17:34:13-06:00October 26th, 2017|Categories: Anglicanism, Sacraments, Theology|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

“Anglicostal”: How Pentecostal Faith Prepared Me for the Anglican Church

This post is a part of Rookie Anglican, a blog dedicated to Making Anglicanism Accessible. At my ordination, the bishop gave me the option of kneeling or laying prostrate while he prayed over me. Laying face-down in a worship service in front of hundreds of people? That might seem odd, but for me it was a no-brainer. As a Pentecostal, [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:37:35-06:00August 29th, 2017|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , , , , , , , |5 Comments

Listen to the Word & Table Podcast to Learn More about Liturgical and Sacramental Christian Worship

I don't know about you, but I'm quite possibly addicted to podcasts. Right now, NPR's UpFirst, The Tim Ferriss Show, and The Art of Manliness are some of my favorites. However, it's been a bit of struggle for me to find great Anglican podcasts. Granted, perhaps that's due to my own ignorance, but when you search for "Anglican" in most [...]

Why Do We Worship The Way We Do? – by Gerald R. McDermott

As Anglicans, we use various forms of ancient worship called “liturgical.”  This is the major thing that distinguishes us from “low” churches that do not have a traditional liturgy. Liturgy: The Work of the People Liturgy comes from a Greek word which means “the work of the people.” In this ancient custom of worship, we become as a group of [...]

Anglican Worship: The Focus is Not My Experience

At the heart of every church tradition is one priority which shapes the identity of the community. This central aspect is the source of its energy and vision, and becomes the first of all other priorities. This aspect determines much, if not all, of its distinctive traits and eventually becomes the touchstone for every other facet of church life. For [...]

By |2019-01-08T17:05:49-06:00May 24th, 2016|Categories: Anglicanism, Theology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Sacramental Imagination for Politics

The most political thing I’ve done this week is baptize children. Seven children actually, including one infant. I love the image of burial and resurrection with Christ that we witness in our one hundred and fifty gallon stock tank we place at the entrance of the church. It’s one of my favorite celebrations to lead as a priest. It’s a funeral and [...]

By |2019-01-08T17:34:24-06:00March 9th, 2016|Categories: Anglicanism, Sacraments|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

Ministry, Not Magic

So now, Father, we ask you to bless and sanctify, with your Word and Holy Spirit, these gifts of bread and wine, that we may partake of his most blessed Body and Blood. What happens to the bread and wine in and through this prayer of epiclesis, when the priest invokes the Word and Holy Spirit and signs the elements [...]

By |2018-07-10T13:36:46-05:00October 19th, 2015|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Introducing The Sacramental Imagination

Our church plant’s first major purchase was a chalice. Why? The Eucharist is Christianity’s first and ultimate church planting strategy. It’s not just a sentimental moment to recall our Lord’s sacrifice. The Holy Eucharist is the celebration and realization of God reconciling all things through Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 5:19, Col 1:20). If this is true, then our participation in the [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:42:25-06:00September 30th, 2015|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Dangerous Things

Is it dangerous, as some claim, to believe that God would mediate his grace to us through his creation? Would God touch us through the hands of another person, or feed us his very presence in bread, or cleanse our souls through water?  Will it lead to “magical thinking” or idolatry? Yes, it is dangerous. There is a great mystery [...]

By |2019-01-08T17:36:27-06:00September 14th, 2015|Categories: Anglicanism, Sacraments, Theology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Be the Church: Facing Nominalism

Recently we were told that the Christian Church in America "hemorrhaging members" and that the church is shrinking. It is true that the number of Americans who claim to be Christian is shrinking. But as usual, Ed Stetzer provides some real clarity in his interpretation of statistics. Turns out that people are not so much "leaving church" as they are "leaving the mainline" and rejecting [...]

By |2020-05-20T11:56:44-05:00August 4th, 2015|Categories: Anglicanism, Sacraments|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments

My Anglican Journey: Greg Goebel

Last year I sat down to share my journey into Anglicanism. My plan was to start from my "pastor's kid" upbringing, a period of church limbo, my call to this church tradition, our time in a church plant, and then the call to holy orders, as well as my experience as an Anglican Rector in a church plant that became an [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:44:14-06:00May 15th, 2015|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , , , |0 Comments
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