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John A. Thorpe

The 10th Commandment: As Sinful as Apple Pie

Part of a series on the Ten Commandments. By John Thorpe Covetousness! Again, who ever confesses that? Thousands are guilty of it, but few will own it...

“Translating” the Faith: The Lindisfarne Gospels

The Gospel of Jesus Christ has not stood still across the centuries, and neither have the Lindisfarne Gospels. When the monk penned Old English words on this gorgeous manuscript, his community was in exile, chased from their ancient home by Danish invaders. After the Norman invasion in 1066, monastic life in England grew quickly. A new priory was established on the tiny island, and the monks of Lindisfarne came home, bringing their Gospels with them. The English church would revolve around the life of monasteries like Lindisfarne for the next half millennium, counting on them to spread the good news to the English people.

The Mundane Bread of Heaven

Jesus has a pattern of coming to us on days that seem normal.

Nine Tips for Teaching Children about Religion

Advice for parents who want their children to know more about world religions.

The inspiration of Alfred

In his moment of despair, King Alfred the Great is visited by the Mother of God, who offers him not comfort but a call to arms.

Don’t wait on history

It is not anthropomorphized history that stands in the way of orthodoxy, but only individuals.

The truth is no coward: The Church, science, and the evolving debate on creation

"The truth is no coward. The truth does not need the law. The truth does not need the force of government."

Leading ‘fortissimo’ and other dynamics: A response

Bishops, clergy, and lay leaders need to understand the full range of leadership dynamics in their task as leaders of the Church.

More important than you thought: ‘Do You Hear What I Hear?’

For those of us who did not live through the Cuban Missile Crisis, the context may not be immediately evident.

St. Sylvester and the eve of change

St. Sylvester stands as an example to the Church in 2016 and 2017. We still have issues about our public presentation and relationship to various governments. We still struggle with reconciliation, especially among different races. And we still divide ourselves over fundamental theological disagreements. Perhaps our New Year's resolution, as a church, ought not to be to solve these problems too quickly.