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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.

Jannes, Jambres, and the Stories We Tell

Jannes, Jambres and the Stories We Tell: A Reflection on 2 Timothy 3 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be … Continue reading

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What If?

What if? The Daily Office confronts us today with the great mystery of Christ’s passion in Gethsemane and with his abandonment in that moment by his closest followers (see Mt 26:31-56). At their arrival on the Mount of Olives, Jesus … Continue reading

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Finishing Well: Session 3 – Hitting the Wall

Apostles Anglican ChurchFr. John A. Roop Finishing Well: Session Three — Hitting the Wall The Lord be with you.And with your spirit.Let us pray. CollectAlmighty God, you have given us the treasure of the knowledge of your glory in the … Continue reading

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St. Francis of Assisi

Francis of Assisi (c. 1181 – 4 October 1226)Fr. John A. Roop(Galatians 6:14-18, Psalm 148:7-14, Matthew 11:25-30) CollectMost high, omnipotent, good Lord, grant your people grace to renounce gladly the vanities of this world; that, following the way of blessed … Continue reading

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Finishing Well: Session 2 — Disciplines

Introduction About midway through the race, the veteran runner noticed a novice in front of him begin to falter. His breathing was irregular and labored; his steps lacked rhythm. Eventually, he stumbled off the course and fell to the ground … Continue reading

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Evil As Nothing At All

As I write this, several islands in the Caribbean and many cities across the breadth of central Florida are struggling with the aftermath of Hurricane Ian; the coastal towns of South Carolina are in the crosshairs. War continues in Ukraine … Continue reading

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Finishing Well: Session 1 — Identity

Apostles Anglican Church Fr. John A. RoopCanon Theologian, Anglican Diocese of the South Finishing Well: Session One — Identity The Lord be with you.And with your spirit.Let us pray. A Collect for GuidanceHeavenly Father, in you we live and move … Continue reading

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Feast of St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

CollectLord 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 the … Continue reading

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The Persistent Widow and the Friend at Midnight

Parables: Session 5The Persistent Widow and the Friend at Midnight The Lord be with you.And with your spirit.Let us pray. O Lord, teach us to seek you, and as we seek you, show yourself to us; for we cannot seek … Continue reading

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The Dishonest Manager (Luke 16:1-9)

Lesson 4: The Dishonest Manager (Luke 16:1-9) The Lord be with you.And with your spirit.Let us pray. 22. FOR STEWARDSHIP OF CREATIONO merciful Creator, your loving hand is open wide to satisfy the needs of every living creature: Make us … Continue reading

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