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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, and as Canon Theologian for the Anglican Diocese of the South.

Materialist, Deist, or Christian

We have a choice to make, each of us. It’s not a one-and-done choice; we make it every day — sometimes hour by hour, sometime minute by minute. The choice is this: will we live as materialists, deists, or Christians? … Continue reading

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Feast of St. Mary Magdalene (22 July)

Feast of St. Mary Magdalene (22 July) (Judges 4:4-10 / Ps 42:1-7 / 2 Cor 5:14–20a / John 20:11-18) Collect of Saint Mary Magdalene Almighty God, whose blessed Son restored Mary Magdalene to health of body and of mind, and … Continue reading

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Ephesians: Lesson 1 Notes

Apostles Anglican Church Fr. John A. Roop THE LETTER OF ST. PAUL TO THE EPHESIANS CLASS INTRODUCTION The Lord be with you. And with your spirit. Let us pray. Blessed Lord, who caused all Holy Scriptures to be written for … Continue reading

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No Other Gospel: A Reflection on Galatians 1

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. TODAY, THE DAILY OFFICE lectionary directs us to Galatians 1. It is a short letter: we’ll complete it in only six mornings. It is … Continue reading

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Hope In Dark Days

Following is a homily for 13 June 2021 (3 Pentecost) for the residents of Manor House Assisted Living Facility. In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. SAINT PAUL WROTE the words … Continue reading

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Feast of the Holy Trinity

The Lord be with you. And with your spirit. Let us pray. O God the Father, have mercy upon us. O God the Son, have mercy upon us. O God the Holy Spirit, have mercy upon us. O holy, blessed … Continue reading

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Sin

Following is a rumination on sin. To be clear, I am against it. The catechism of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), To Be a Christian (TBaC), defines a sin as “a thought, word, or deed which offends God’s … Continue reading

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What Must I Do?

Apostles Anglican Church Fr. John A. Roop 19 May 2021 (Deuteronomy 20 / Ps 45 / Luke 10:25-42) Collect O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in … Continue reading

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Saint Anselm of Canterbury (21 April)

Apostles Anglican Church Fr. John A. Roop Anselm of Canterbury  Archbishop of Canterbury and Theologian, 1109 (Romans 5:1-11 / Psalm 139:1-9 / Matthew 11:25-30) Collect Almighty God, through your servant Anselm you helped your church to understand its faith in … Continue reading

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Divorcing Church

Divorce is always a tragedy, a result of sin, the working out of the fall in the midst of human relationships. Matthew 19:3–6 (ESV): 3 And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce … Continue reading

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