The Problem of Ecclesiastical Evil

You’ve probably heard of “the problem of evil” (if not, here’s an overview). But there’s a specific version/aspect of it that I find even more devastating. If God is omnipotent (all-powerful), ommniscient (all-knowing(, and omnibenevolent (completely good)… If the Church is God’s main plan for the redemption of humanity and the cosmos (consider the “body…… Continue reading The Problem of Ecclesiastical Evil

Truth to Power

Mark 6:13-29. John the Baptist lost his life for speaking truth to power. Are we willing to speak truth to power? To tell the truth about power and the power of truth? Or will we abandon the truth to obtain and maintain power?

Questions Worth Asking (Self-Elicitation Questions)

Five-Minute Journal Questions Morning I am grateful for… What would make today great? Daily affirmations: I am… Evening What are 3 amazing things that happened today? How could I have made today even better? Morning Questions (5 minutes) What’s one thing I’m grateful for? What’s one thing I’m excited about? What’s one virtue I want…… Continue reading Questions Worth Asking (Self-Elicitation Questions)

We switched Anglican Compass over from HostGator Shared to Bluehost VPS Hosting

As of this morning, it looks like everything for Anglican Compass has been successfully moved over from our HostGator shared hosting to Bluehost VPS hosting. I’m hoping that this new arrangement works well for us! Although, to be honest, it’s still an open question in my mind whether or not managed WordPress hosting with WPEngine…… Continue reading We switched Anglican Compass over from HostGator Shared to Bluehost VPS Hosting

“They laughed when I became an Anglican, but when I started to pray…” 27 Anglican Headline Ideas

I’m reading my way through the new (4th) edition of Robert Bly’s classic The Copywriter’s Handbook. On pages 33–36, Bly offers “38 Model Headlines for Your ‘Swipe File.'” Here are some headlines ideas that came to mind, all geared to an Anglican context (due to my work at AnglicanCompass.com). Why are Anglicans so angry?How do…… Continue reading “They laughed when I became an Anglican, but when I started to pray…” 27 Anglican Headline Ideas

Barth, Bonhoeffer, and the Sermon on the Mount (Dissertation Dispatch 2020-02-04)

I’m still very much in the weeds, taking a closer look at how Bonhoeffer and Barth read the Sermon on the Mount. Given the importance of the Sermon on Mount for Bonhoeffer’s life and work, I’m persuaded that there’s something important to be found here—something that will hopefully shed some light on the Barth-Bonhoeffer relationship…… Continue reading Barth, Bonhoeffer, and the Sermon on the Mount (Dissertation Dispatch 2020-02-04)

Quit claiming that we mutualists (egalitarians) don’t take the Bible or tradition seriously.

In the ongoing debate about women’s ordination (in the Anglican realm and beyond), I keep hearing oversimplified claims from hierarchicalists (or “complementarians,” but that’s not the most helpful term in this debate) that they have the entirety of the Bible and Church tradition on their side. Therefore, we mutualists (or “egalitarians,” but that’s not the…… Continue reading Quit claiming that we mutualists (egalitarians) don’t take the Bible or tradition seriously.

A Deacon’s Last Day

Lord Jesus, you are the Good Shepherd who cares for his flock: We ask you to bestow upon your Church the gifts of the Holy Spirit in abundance, and to raise up from among us faithful and able persons called to the ministries of Deacon, Priest, and Bishop. Inspire them to spend and be spent…… Continue reading A Deacon’s Last Day