Who me, a mystic? The Mysticism of Everyday Life: Responding to Becky Eldredge

Who me, a mystic? The Mysticism of Everyday Life: Responding to Becky Eldredge For the last two years, I have taught a first Monday seminar at the church I pastor, entitled “A Month with a Mystic” in which we focus on the theology, spirituality, and practices of a particular spiritual guide or mystic. In the [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Fifth Sunday in Lent – April 2, 2017

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Fifth Sunday in Lent – April 2, 2017 Bruce Epperly Ezekiel 17:1-14 Psalm 130 Romans 8:6-11 John 11:1-45 Lent is a season in which we confront our limitations, sin, and mortality. We are dust and to dust we return, we are finite and our finitude is the source of creativity [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Fourth Sunday in Lent – March 26, 2017

The Adventurous Lectionary – Fourth Sunday in Lent – March 26, 2017 I Samuel 16:1-13; Psalm 23; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41 Today’s scriptures are surprising. The unexpected child becomes a leader, we feel safe a trek through the darkest valley, we can live in contrast to the norms of our culture in which the blind [Read More…]

Winnie the Pooh, St. Patrick, and Meandering Mysticism

Winnie the Pooh is a wanderer. Each day is an adventure with no preordained destination. It might be the quest for a honey tree, a conversation with Christopher Robin, a float down the stream, or a journey to the North Pole. Wherever he finds himself, he feels blessed as he rejoices in the wonders of [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Third Sunday in Lent – March 19, 2017

The Adventurous Lectionary -The Third Sunday in Lent – March 19, 2017 Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 95; Romans 5:1-11;. John 4:1-42 Psalm 95 sets the stage for this week’s readings. Joy, gratitude, and trust characterize the Psalmist’s relationship with God. Singing praise for all that God is and what God has done is at the heart [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Second Sunday in Lent – March 12, 2017

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Second Sunday in Lent – March 12, 2017 Genesis 12:1-42; Psalm 121; Romans 4:1-5; 13-17; John 3:1-17 God’s call is universal and ubiquitous. God is still moving and speaking, and faithfulness to God invites us to be on the move, too! The story of Abraham’s call celebrates forward movement. Despite [Read More…]

Ash Wednesday: A Baby Boomer’s Meditations on Beauty and Mortality

Baby boomers are discovering their mortality. For a while, we lived in the garden, never expecting to grow old, hoping that the “better living through chemistry” that inspired spiritual adventures in the 60’s and 70’s will continue with medications be our fountain of youth now that we are in our 60’s and 70’s. A Jewish [Read More…]