John Taylor Brantley

John Taylor Brantley is a vicar, teacher, and Christian education advocate from eastern North Carolina. He is a minister in the United Episcopal Church of North America.

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A biblical view of baptism

First and foremost, baptism is important. It is so important, in fact, that Jesus himself participated in it. Not only did he give us baptism, as he also did with the Lord’s Supper, but he underwent baptism. Luke 3:21 says that, “When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too.” He set the example, leading his flock both to and through the waters of baptism. He did not do this because he needed to be baptized, but because he was showing that baptism is an important step, the first step, on the journey of a Christian life.

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Celebrating Communion from the North Side with the U.S. 1928 Book of Common Prayer

Some have suggested that the historic Anglican practice of celebrating Holy Communion from the North Side (called the Right Side in some texts) of the Holy Table while using the 1928 American Book of Common Prayer is inappropriate and is out of conformity with the rubrics. This essay will repudiate that claim and demonstrate that the practice of celebrating Holy Communion from the North Side of the Holy Table is a venerable and beneficial practice, both for congregations and clergy.