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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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Scars and Spirit

Apostles Anglican Church Fr. John A. Roop The Second Sunday of Easter:  Scars and Spirit (Isaiah 26:1-9, 19 / Psalm 111 / 1 John 5:1-5 / John 20:19-31) Collect Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the … Continue reading

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Taking Worship Seriously: Toward an Anglican Social Ethic

Anglicans are fond of the motto Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi:  the law of prayer is the law of faith.  We invoke it most often to mean that we pray as we believe and we believe as we pray.  It summarizes … Continue reading

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Theodicy: Other and Radically Dependent

Once again, I embark on a fool’s errand, a vain attempt to justify the ways of God to man.  It is the perennial problem of theodicy, of how and why an all good and all powerful God permits nearly unspeakable … Continue reading

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The 0 – 1 Problem

This morning I listened to the opening episode of season three of The Big Conversation, an online discussion program bringing together leading voices, both religious and non-religious, to discuss foundational questions.  The topic of this episode is:  “Christianity or Atheism:  … Continue reading

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The Cross In No Man’s Land

Apostles Anglican Church Fr. John A. Roop Good Friday, 2 April 2021 A Good Friday Meditation:  The Cross in No Man’s Land We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you; Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the … Continue reading

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A New Commandment

Apostles Anglican Church Fr. John A. Roop Maundy Thursday, 1 April 2021 A Reflection on John 13:12-17 In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. I come here tonight — on this … Continue reading

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Holy Wednesday

Holy Wednesday (Is 50:4-9 / Ps 69:6-14, 21-22 / Heb 9:11-28 / Matt 26:1-5, 14-25) Collect Assist us mercifully with your grace, Lord God of our salvation, that we may enter with joy upon the meditation of those mighty acts … Continue reading

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I Will Not Go Up Among You

ADOTS Morning Prayer Fr. John A. Roop Friday, 26 March 2021 A Reflection on Exodus 33:  I Will Not Go Up Among You In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. The … Continue reading

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A Christian Evaluation of Ideologies

I am loathe to enter the realm of politics and I will not until and unless required to by my ordination vows: Bishop:  Will you be ready, with all faithful diligence, to banish and drive away from the Body of … Continue reading

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