Andrew Petiprin

Andrew Petiprin is Canon to the Ordinary in the Diocese of Tennessee. For six years he was rector of St. Mary of the Angels Church in Orlando, Florida, and he was a high school teacher before training for ordination at Yale Divinity School. He was a Marshall Scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford from 2001-2003. Andrew and his wife, Amber, live with their two children and two cats in Nashville, Tennessee. He has a book of Christian apologetics forthcoming from New Growth Press.

Articles By Andrew Petiprin

Advent: Prepare as We Rejoice

Tuesday November 27, 2018


Advent is the season in the Church’s year that turns our attention to the coming of Christ: the first one and the second one.

What is Grace?

Thursday September 20, 2018

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Truth matters to me because I love God. I have tried and failed to get away from him. I have tried to avoid God and reject God, but I cannot escape his love.

Big Imagination, Big Truth

Thursday August 23, 2018

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At a small weeknight service at my church a few years ago, I accidentally revealed that there was no Santa Claus. Well, most people already knew. But there was one young man, my acolyte, who didn’t. He was the only person under the age of 30 in the room, and it didn’t occur to me to think about whether he (still) believed in Santa Claus or not. I was talking very innocently about Nicholas of Myra, the 4th century bishop whose legendary generosity gave rise to jolly old St. Nick centuries later. The following Sunday my acolyte’s mother took me aside: “Thanks a lot, Father!”

God and Country

Monday July 2, 2018

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Patriotism is a good thing. But patriotism, like all loves, should include healthy criticism.

Fifty Days of Good News

Tuesday April 17, 2018

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If you kept a holy Lent this year, bravo! Now raise a glass and shout for joy that we are in the midst of fifty days of good news.

The Top 10 Times Jesus Wasn’t Nice

Tuesday April 3, 2018

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But typical niceness is a far cry from true Christian virtue. We need look no further than Jesus himself, who, like the prophets of Israel, is rarely ever nice, easy-going, or even safe.