If We Only Know Scripture as a Text, We Don’t Know it at All

by Dustin+ Messer, All Saints Dallas If we want to be formed in the faith, we’ll need to know Scripture. More to it, we’ll need to know Scripture as Scripture. Because if we only know Scripture as a text—a thing that we read individually, rationalistically and with modern eyes—we actually don’t know it at all. In his book The Death of Scripture and the Rise of Biblical Studies, Michael Legaspi skillfully shows that the Enlightenment attempted to fit the Bible…

31 Bible Reflection Tips

“Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.” Psalm 119:18 1. Emphasize: Pause on each word of a verse, emphasizing it as you read it, and unpack it. (“I have stored up your word …”: personally accountable, deliberate, not dependent on others. “I have stored up your word …”: habitually, ongoing.) 2. Pray, Read and Pause: Pray. Then start reading until the Holy Spirit causes you to pause and reflect. 3. Opposites: Consider the opposite…

The Scriptures: Living and Active Word of God

Chris+ Myers of St. Bartholomew Anglican Church in Dallas shares reasons why the Scriptures are essential for three-stream worship. Chris Myers serves as the Associate Rector of St. Bartholomew’s Anglican. He graduated from Redeemer Seminary with an M.Div. in 2013 and was ordained as a priest in the Anglican Mission in May of 2015. He is currently doing doctoral work in theology at Durham University (UK). He and his wife Morgan have two delightful daughters, Eleanor and Rowan.

The Value of Prophetic Ministry

By Dave+ Larlee, Vicar of All Saints Dallas I was recently talking to someone who hadn’t attended church since childhood. After inviting them to attend an Alpha course, their answer gave me pause. “Why would I attend church? I already know what’s wrong with me.” I pivoted, changed my approach and offered to pray for them. As I invited the Spirit of God to bless them, I had a very faint sense that they had a gift to bring beauty…

Advent Recommended Reading, Part 2

By Caleb+ Miller, pastor of Immanuel Anglican Church We’re asked two of our clergy to share books they’d recommend for the Advent season. Below is the second installment of this two-part series. In the past year, I have read and enjoyed two books that have much to offer us, one relatively new, the other long-established. The first is Remaking a Broken World by Christopher Ash. A Bible overview telling the story of God and his creation though the twin themes…

Intentional Worship

Led in the Spirit: Purposeful Music for Ministry and Worship Session by Ryan Flanigan, Music Director, All Saints Dallas What does a typical week of planning music for worship look like? Ryan Flanigan has been choosing songs for Christian worship nearly every week for the past 20 years. Come to Living Classroom and hear how Ryan approaches song selection and styles with an eye to how the music jives with the lections, the Anglican Calendar and seasons, as well as…

Who? What? How?

by Mike Blanchat, AMiA Rector General Who? What? How? Answers to those three one-word questions capture the essence of a person, a community, a group. As I’ve applied them to my own life, I have found it’s helpful to revisit both the questions and the answers periodically to reaffirm things that are foundational to me and to acknowledge shifts that naturally happen over time. It’s a good practice for mission societies, too. In fact, this past September the AMiA did…

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…