Jack King

Jack King


Jack joined Anglican Compass as a writer in February 2014. He is a native of Knoxville, TN, and serves as rector of Apostles Anglican Church in his hometown. Before serving at Apostles, Jack served Methodist churches in Knoxville and Gateshead, England. In England, Jack discovered his love for the Anglican tradition that would later become his spiritual home. He was ordained an Anglican priest in 2008 on his 30th birthday. Jack is married to Emily, and they have two young children. Jack received a B.A. in History from Samford University and a Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School.

Spiritual Preparation for Election Day

Posted on October 20, 2016

The third presidential debate is over. Thanks be to God. Both major candidates have made their arguments. Independent and down-ballot candidates have made their case for the presidency, too. American Christians have more than enough information to discern their presidential choice, even if discernment is ongoing and that choice has not yet been made. We’re…

The Anglican Pastor’s Guide to Email Sanity

Posted on September 22, 2016

Here’s a statement I’ve never heard from anyone serving in ministry: “I love email!” Pastors commit their lives to serve God and his church for numerous reasons. Some love preaching the Gospel; some love offering pastoral care in nursing homes, hospitals, or prisons; others walk alongside students through teenage and college years. No matter the…

Preaching Like a TED Talk?

Posted on April 17, 2016

Sir Ken Robinson is a first-class speaker. I’ll never forget the first time I heard and watched his enthralling TED talk on the systemic flaws of education in our time. I listened to Robinson’s TED talk in the animated adaptation by the brilliant folk at RSA Animate. Robinson describes how the modes and methods of…

Praying Good Friday Over My Family

Posted on March 23, 2016

‘There’s no excuse for not praying for your wife and children every single day.’ I’ll never forget this exhortation my spiritual director gave me several years ago. I already knew the importance of praying for my family, but I needed someone to awaken my heart to this crucial calling of prayer as a father. Ever…

Compline To Complete the Day

Posted on February 2, 2016

‘The Lord Almighty grant us a peaceful night and a perfect end.” Thus begins Compline, the final service of the Daily Office. We ask for the grace and peace of God during the long night hours ahead. We ask for ‘a perfect end.’ Then follows a brief confession of sin to end the day, but…

Music for the Daily Office

Posted on December 4, 2015

About midway through my sabbatical, I began a small project that was completely unplanned. I began assembling resources to pray the Daily Offices using the catalogue of albums available on Apple Music. The project began as a result of trying to find my way through a season of dryness with the Daily Office (more on…

Some Movember Spirituality

Posted on November 20, 2015

What does it mean to be a man in this culture? In my freshman year of college, the year when young men grow a beard perhaps for the first time in their lives, I had to face the obvious–my beard was weak. God just didn’t give me the chops to grow strong chops. There’s a…

The Ache of All Saints Day

Posted on November 3, 2015

I cannot remember the last All Saints Sunday I sat in the pew instead of the chancel. But this All Saints Day I wasn’t collared and vested, leading the liturgy in the parish I serve. I was seated in a pew in another parish because I’m taking a sabbatical this autumn. Where does an Anglican…

Receiving Love in Loss

Posted on June 9, 2015

On Trinity Sunday this year, I did not have the strength to lead worship. I needed to be present with my wife and children to grieve and rest. This May brought unexpected heartbreak, a shock we were not prepared following the anticipation of new life we had entering the spring. This past March I came to Apostles on…

A Long Obedience In A Lenten Direction

Posted on March 26, 2015

A week before Ash Wednesday this year, I was preaching at a Christian high school to students who are just learning about the season of Lent. I find an excitement sharing the basics of spiritual seasons like Lent to people who are learning about the Christian calendar for the first time. As I teach others,…