Stories From the Pew: Pamela’s Story

"The question that was pounding in my head was: if I cannot take care of my family, then what's the point? Why am I here? How come I survived? What good am I?" In May 2014, Pamela, a member of St. Andrew's Little Rock, suffered a brain stem stroke. At this year's Winter Conference, Pamela [...]

March 9th, 2017|Personal Story, Spiritual growth|

Why Missional Residency? An Interview with Brit Carpenter

Brit Carpenter and his wife, Katie, in Bali, Indonesia. If you’re looking for Heaven on Earth, Brit Carpenter will tell you it is in Bali, Indonesia, where he spent a year doing missionary work. Since living there, Carpenter has found his way to Texas, and now serves as a Missional Resident at Grace [...]

Praying At All Times

In February of 1987, Father Ed Hird, new Rector of St. Simons in North Vancouver, was met with some uncomfortable news. The Vestry told him the budget was down from the previous year, and if things didn’t shape up, they wouldn’t be able to pay him by June. “I told them not to worry,” said [...]

August 20th, 2015|Spiritual growth|

The Spirit’s Presence in Word and Sacrament

In the first of a series of posts exploring the essential nature of God the Holy Spirit in Anglican Christianity, Hannah Coyne of Saint Peter’s Church proposes a cogent interplay between Spirit and symbol.  One of the reasons I am drawn to Anglicanism—that I stick with Anglicanism—is because I am a lover of words and symbols. Our liturgy is full [...]

A Hidden Leprosy of the Heart

In the third post in our Lenten series on the seven deadly sins, the Rev. David Larlee tackles the insidious nature of greed.  Take some time to read 2 Kings 5:1-27, if you haven't lately. It is the gripping account of a Syrian General healed by an Israeli Holy Man (at least that's how it would [...]

The Most/Least Popular Sin

Lucas Damoff investigates the attitude of gluttony in the second post of a Lenten series examining the seven deadly sins. In 2013, the French electronica duo Daft Punk released a trailer for their upcoming album at the Coachella music festival. Anticipation was high, as they had not released any new material since 2005. The story goes that Guy Manuel de Homem-Christo and [...]

The Tinfoil Kingdom of Lust

The Rev. Gavin Pate writes the first in a series of blogs examining the seven deadly sins. During Lent, we are exploring how God's grace confronts and conquers our sin.  “Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.” -Genesis 2:25 As individuals, they bore the image of God. Together, they were a perfect picture [...]

How to Begin Hearing From God: An Intro to Lectio Divina

How does a beginner tap into the riches of meditative prayer? Nathan R. Hale of Desert Mission Anglican Church shares what he's found to be a life-changing way to pray the Scriptures and practice the presence of God. When I was in college, I struggled through a pretty long spiritual dry spell. Then I discovered something that drastically changed [...]

Between Two Traditions: Anglican Views on Holy Communion

Catholics and Evangelicals serve as bookends to an Anglican stance on Holy Communion. The Rev. Gavin Pate of All Saints Dallas explores why Anglicans take a comparatively high view of the sacrament but cheerfully vary on the particulars.  Some friends of ours had a chance to visit Rome last year.  While there, they attended a Eucharistic Adoration service.  In this service, the host (the [...]

February 25th, 2015|Anglicanism, Church Life, Spiritual growth|6 Comments

Seeing the Light: An Invitation to Epiphany

Today, as we celebrate the season of Epiphany, Hannah Coyne of Saint Peter's Church unpacks its rich meaning—and calls us to the promised Savior who is for all people. The Epiphanies of my youth were full of bongos and empanadas. For me, January 6th was not “Epiphany” but the Festival de los Tres Reyes – the Feast of [...]

January 6th, 2015|Anglicanism, Church Life, Spiritual growth|0 Comments