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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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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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