Articles by Fr. Isaac J. Rehberg

Fr. Isaac J. Rehberg

Fr. Isaac is the Archdeacon for liturgy in the Anglican Diocese of All Nations (ACNA), and the Rector of All Saints Anglican Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Heather, and daughters, Leah and Victoria. A bi-vocational priest, he works as a residential real estate appraiser and dabbles in various forms of music. Fr. Isaac earned his BA from the University of Texas at San Antonio and his Master of Christian Ministry from Wayland Baptist University.


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Book Review: “Thou Shalt be Buried”

Thou Shalt be Buried. By Bishop Thomas Gordon. Exemplar Media, 2022. 110 pp. $10.00 (paper). While cremation has become increasingly common in the United States, its acceptance in Christian circles is often still controversial. In this short book, the Most Reverend Thomas Gordon, presiding bishop of the Orthodox Anglican Church and Metropolitan Archbishop of the…

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Civics, Civility, and the Church

Editor’s note: this essay is based on a homily for Independence Day preached by the author at All Saints Anglican Church in San Antonio TX, a parish that uses the American 1928 Book of Common Prayer The role of individual Christians and of the Church in civil and political life is often a matter of…

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Book Review: Charles Chapman Grafton’s “Selected Writings”

Charles Chapman Grafton: Selected Writings. Edited by Clinton Collister. Nashotah, WI: Nashotah House Press, 2022. 261 pp. $11.99 (paper). I first heard about Charles Chapman Grafton, the second Bishop of the Diocese of Fond du Lac, in presentations on historic intercommunion efforts between Anglicans and Eastern Orthodox in which Bp. Grafton and St. Tikhon of…

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A Question of Authority

As I have mentioned elsewhere, whenever I am asked about the difference between the Anglican Tradition and Roman Catholicism or Eastern Orthodoxy, I answer that it ultimately boils down to authority. Per the Anglican Formularies, found in the Book of Common Prayer, the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion, the Ordinal, and the two Books of Homilies,…

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Competing Secondary Authority: A Capstone on Recent Debates Over Nicaea II

It is with fear and trembling that I undertake, at the behest of our esteemed general editor, to write something of a capstone to the debates on the Second Council of Nicaea that have taken place largely (but not exclusively) here at The North American Anglican. As a refresher, this year’s debates on TNAA occurred…

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Assurance in the Prayer Book

A few months ago, with a measure of frustration, I observed a social media debate between two Anglicans, one of whom is a staunch Calvinist, and one of whom is a staunch Arminian. As is typical in such debates, the main issue was whether or not one could every truly know if one is saved….

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Book Review: “Clothed With Salvation” and “A Priest Forever”

Shortly after I received a review copy of Clothed With Salvation, I left the volume on the table in our parish vestry, where it was seen by our Deacon. His face immediately lit up as he recognized the cover photo of the 1911 class of Nashotah House, his alma mater. When he read the author’s…

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Not Just for Lutherans: A Review of Jordan Cooper’s “Union with Christ”

Union with Christ: Salvation as Participation. By Jordan Cooper. Just and Sinner Publications, 2021. 246pp. $24.00 (paper). When I first began to listen to podcasts, Anglican-specific shows were hard to find. This dearth of content from within my own tradition led to my first exposure to confessional Lutheranism, primarily through two shows: Issues, Etc. by Lutheran…

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History and Hypotheticals: Reflections on An Australian Prayer Book

I love collecting prayer books and hymnals, particularly Anglican Prayer Books and hymnals of prior generations. Prior to the late 20th Century, the Book of Common Prayer was largely standardized, with minor regional differences since the 17th Century. While these differences are indeed fascinating, they are generally variations on minor themes of government. Approximately 50…

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