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About johnaroop

I am a husband, father, retired teacher, lover of books and music and coffee and, as of 17 May 2015, by the grace of God and the will of his Church, an Anglican priest in the Anglican Church in North America, Anglican Diocese of the South. I serve as assisting priest at Apostles Anglican Church in Knoxville, TN.

Bible and Newspapers: 2 Kings 17

A Homily for ADOTS Morning Prayer, 30 Oct 2020 In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. “Preach with the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other” is an … Continue reading

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Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles

Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles of the Lord (Deut 32:1-4 / Ps 119:89-96 / Eph 2:13-22 / John 15:17-27) Collect Grant, O God, that as your apostles Simon and Jude were faithful and zealous in their mission, so we may … Continue reading

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James the Just, Bishop of Jerusalem, Brother of our Lord

Collect Grant, O God, that, following the example of your apostle James the Just, kinsman of our Lord, your Church may give itself continually to prayer and to the reconciliation of all who are at variance and enmity; through Jesus … Continue reading

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Nobodies

A Homily for ADOTS Morning Prayer:  16 October 2020 (2 Kings 7) In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. I’m Nobody! Who are you?  Are you—Nobody—Too? Then there’s a pair of … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the Election

No one has sought pastoral counsel from me as the election looms.  That does not surprise me.  The Roman Catholic faithful seem to value the spiritual guidance of their clergy on such matters:  not so Anglicans.  Ironically, the very body … Continue reading

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Samuel Joseph Isaac Schereschewsky, Bishop of Shanghai

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. Recently I’ve tried to disentangle myself from some of the Anglican Facebook groups, at least the ones that are hotbeds of controversy, discord, and … Continue reading

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Jumpin’ Jehosephat

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. Jumpin’ Jehosephat!  That’s the way I said it when I was a kid, because that’s the way Yosemite Sam said it on the Saturday … Continue reading

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I’m Tired, Boss

A Homily for ADOTS Morning Prayer:  25 September 2020 (Hebrews 13:1-5) In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. “I’m tired, boss. Tired of being on the road, lonely as a sparrow … Continue reading

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Feast of Saint Matthew

Collect Lord Jesus, you called Matthew from collecting taxes to become your apostle and evangelist:  Grant us the grace to forsake all covetous desires and inordinate love of riches, that we may follow you as he did and proclaim to … Continue reading

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Slave Labor

   In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. The Bible is a difficult book:  complex, confounding, challenging.  Anyone who tells you differently has never read it, never understood it, or never … Continue reading

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