About Fr. Tony Bleything

Tony is a priest and lead planter of Christ Redeemer Anglican Church, a parish community that is native, rooted, faithful, and beautiful. He's keenly interested in the intersection between liturgy, discipleship, and community.

Talking With Teddy Bears – Incarnation Modeled [Fr. Tony Bleything]

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There are certain people that have a God given magnetism.  They have an uncanny ability to draw out the best in people.  My wife's aunt was that kind of person. Cancer took Teri Jean two years ago.Teri was no ordinary soul...she was a puppeteer.  Teri could tell the best stories, sing the craziest and bawdiest songs, and laugh louder than anyone I knew.  Near the end of her life, Teri chose to go back to school to be a nurse.  In class, she was a bright spot to her classmates and professors, … [Read more...]

Learning to Walk Backwards [Fr. Tony Bleything]

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They say that the best improv artists have learned the art of walking backwards.  Good improv artists keep an eye on the past story while building it in creative unexpected ways, which moves the action forward.  The ascension of Jesus Christ enlists the church in the greatest improv event in history.  As the body of Christ, we are called to learn to walk backwards.  We are asked to keep our eye on the story of God as we move out in creative and unexpected ways that reveal the Kingdom of God to a … [Read more...]

Building Fences Big Enough For A Neighborhood [Fr. Tony Bleything]

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There is a common sentiment rising up out of the parish that I serve: “I love the diversity of opinion in this church." Among our members we have strong complimentarian views but we also have a female postulant preparing to be a priest.  We have a person in our congregation who recently officiated a gay wedding in Michigan yet we belong to a denomination that does not support same sex union.  We have a number of staunch Calvinists in our church that worship next to a number of Anglo-Catholics.  W … [Read more...]

Ecclesial Agriculture [Fr. Tony Bleything]

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The American church needs tree farmers in the city.Want to know why?Because when trees are planted the environment is sustained. Once trees are removed in order to make room for some other vegetation (i.e. corn), then the earth must be plowed to make it ready for planting. This process of plowing, planting, and harvesting leads to erosion of the soil. Depending on the area, this process of plowing, planting and picking can take place about ten times before the earth erodes, and once it … [Read more...]


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