About Bruce Epperly

Rev. Bruce Epperly, Ph.D., serves as Pastor at South Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Centerville, MA. Prior to coming to Cape Cod in 2013, he served on the faculties and often in administrative and chaplaincy roles at Georgetown University, Claremont School of Theology, Wesley Theological Seminary, and Lancaster Theological Seminary. Bruce is currently a professor in spirituality, ministry, and theology in the doctoral program at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C. He has served as pastor or interim pastor of congregations in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. He is the author or co-author of over 35 books in the areas of theology, spirituality, ministerial excellence and spiritual formation, scripture, and healing and wholeness, including Process Theology: Embracing Adventure with God; Finding God in Suffering: A Journey with Job; From Here to Eternity: Preparing for the Next Adventure; and A Center in the Cyclone: Clergy Self-care in the 21st Century.

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Seventh Sunday of Easter – May 8, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Seventh Sunday of Easter – May 8, 2016 Acts 16:16-34 Psalm 97 Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 John 17:20-26 As I read the story of Paul and Silas singing and praying in prison, I am reminded of the traditional hymn “How Can I Keep From Singing.” My life flows on in [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Sixth Sunday of Easter – May 1, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Sixth Sunday of Easter – May 1, 2016 Acts 16:9-15; Psalm 67; Revelation 21:10; 21:22-22:5; John 5:1-9 Today’s readings join vision, spiritual transformation, and healing, and call persons to become everyday mystics. When we respond to God’s visions for us, we claim God’s healing touch and bring healing to ourselves [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Fifth Sunday of Easter – April 24, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Fifth Sunday of Easter – April 24, 2016 Acts 11:1-18 Psalm 148 Revelation 21:1-6 John 13:31-35 On Earth Day Weekend, the adventurous preacher would do well to reflect on the widest images of divine revelation. Often our faith has been parochial, xenophobic, and anthropocentric. We privilege our brand of spirituality [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Fourth Sunday of Easter – April 17, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Fourth Sunday of Easter – April 17, 2016 Acts 9:36-43 Psalm 23 Revelation 7:9-17 John 10:22-30 What gives us the power to confront the inevitable and necessary losses and challenges of life? What enables us to go through the valley of the shadow of death, when there is no way [Read More…]

Life is Messy: Reflections on Daniel Fusco’s ‘Honestly’

This post is part of a conversation on the new book Honestly: Getting Real About Jesus and Our Messy Lives, by Daniel Fusco, at the Patheos Book Club here. Elizabeth Kubler Ross once said “I’m not ok. You’re not ok. But, it’s ok.” In a similar vein, a Jewish proverb notes that everyone should have [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Third Sunday of Easter – April 10, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Third Sunday of Easter – April 10, 2016 Acts 9:1-20 Psalm 30 Revelation 5:11-14 John 21:1-19 How many sermons can you get out of one week’s lectionary readings? Today’s lectionary readings, all have a mystical air, but they express the mystic vision in a variety of ways – revelation and [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Second Sunday of Easter – April 3, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – Second Sunday of Easter – April 3, 2016 Acts 5:22-27; Psalm 150; Revelation 1:4-8; John 20:19-31 Let the Easter celebrations continue! Resurrection is a present and future as well as past reality. Christ the Lord is risen today, and every day! Resurrection is just a breath away! Psalm 150 describes a [Read More…]


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