About Baptism

Dustin+ Messer of All Saints Dallas addresses the meaning of Baptism. Baptism is one of the Sacraments we celebrate in three-stream living. The Rev. Dr. Dustin Messer is pastor for faith formation at All Saints Dallas and sits on the board of directors of the Evangelical Fellowship in the Anglican Communion (EFAC-USA), a ministry founded by John Stott in 1968. Prior to completing his doctoral work at La Salle University, Dustin graduated from Boyce College, Covenant Theological Seminary and the…

Transformed and Renewed by the Eucharist

By Robert+ Balfour, Assistant Pastor at Grace Northridge Church Growing up, my family bounced around from one mainline denominational church to another based on one thing: the preacher. The more entertaining and moving the sermons, the more likely that we would stay at that church for an extended period of time. It was the late ’90s, and the main dish of the evangelical worship service was the sermon, so I can’t blame them. However, when I was drawn to Anglicanism…

All the Saints Celebrating the Feast of All Saints

The celebration of All Saints day is just a few weeks away. To remind us of its significance to the Church and to each of us, we are re-posting reflections published previously. by The Rev. Nowell Copley, All Saints Spartanburg This year, as we do each year on November 1, Christians around the world will celebrate the Feast of All Saints. We do this to commemorate the lives and ministries of those saints who have gone before us, particularly those…

Learning to BE, A New Book by Chad+ Jarnagin

As an increasing number of people engage in a quest for spiritual health, there has been an alarming movement of individuals leaving Christianity behind. Often the abandonment of once-vibrant faith is tied to the deconstruction of faith with intentional reconstruction. However, this trend is accompanied by another, more encouraging movement: Christians around the world are returning to the liturgy of the early church. In contrast to the slick mega-church variety of Christianity that encourages engagement on all cylinders, often without…

Keepers of the Vision

By Stu+ Boehmig, rector of The Abbey at Pawleys Island I recently took a rough count of how many vestry meetings I have attended or led over the years. I came up with something around 400. By anyone’s standard, that’s a lot of leadership meetings. Whew! One thing I’ve learned in those meetings is that vestry leaders want to know, “Where are we headed?” and so does the rest of the church. If you lack clarity, there’s trouble ahead. It’s…

From the Apostolic Vicar: The Balance of Three Streams

Lead Bishop, Philip Jones, shares more about the unique way The Anglican Mission in America approaches life and worship within the Scripture, Sacrament and Spirit. For more on the three streams of AMiA see: The Vision of AMiA Blogs

Witches, Worship and Why I’m Anglican

By Rev. Drew Witt, Founder and Lead Pastor of Gathering Midtown Church, San Antonio, Texas First, the Backstory I felt the call to plant a church in the summer of 2011. Honestly, I didn’t want to plant a church. In 2007 I helped start a church, and was comfortable being the number-two guy. I was keenly aware of the high cost and toil of church planting. Like an NCAA freshman at Kentucky or Duke, I was “one and done”—or so…

Exploring Ancient-Future Faith in Nashville

By +Dan Scott, Bishop at Christ Church Nashville For many years, a number of Christian leaders in the greater Nashville, Tennessee area have been quietly and thoughtfully developing what it means to live under the Lordship of Christ in the company of those who in all times and places have held to the doctrines and practices of “one holy catholic and apostolic Church.” Many of these leaders came to faith in Christian communities in which spiritual qualities like catholicity and…

Three Streams: A Template for Identity and Worship

Scripture, Spirit and Sacrament form identity for worship. By Aaron Allison, Lead Pastor of The Church at Indian Lake, Hendersonville, Tennessee The Church at Indian Lake (CIL) is in Hendersonville, Tennessee, a growing suburb of Nashville. Our church is ten years old, and has Assemblies of God and Southern Baptist roots.  We have been including liturgical elements in our worship since our inception. Through our friendship with the Anglican Mission in America (AMiA) members in recent years, we have gained needed…

Connecting at the Table: Luminous Parish

By the Reverend Chad E. Jarnagin, founding Rector of Luminous Parish in Franklin, TN, an AMiA Church. Today more than ever, we are in need of The Table. Not just any table. A great big table with plenty of room for everyone. Our society seems to be disoriented, fatigued and misunderstood. What better space than a feast to regain our composure, health and bearings? Enter Luminous Parish, an Anglican mission to Nashville/Franklin and Middle Tennessee. Greater Nashville now has 2…