About Bruce Epperly

Bruce Epperly is a theologian, spiritual guide, and Pastor of South Congregational United Church of Christ, Centerville (Cape Cod), Massachusetts. He is the author of twenty five books, including Process Theology: A Guide to the Perplexed, Philippians: An Interactive Bible Study,The Center is Everywhere: Celtic Spirituality for the Postmodern Age, and Emerging Process: Adventurous Theology for a Missional Church. He also writes regularly for the Process and Faith lectionary. He has served as chaplain, professor, and administrator at Georgetown University, Lancaster Theological Seminary, Wesley School of Theology, and Claremont School of Theology. He may be reached at drbruceepperly@aol.com for lectures, workshops, and retreats. His latest book is Healing Marks: Healing and Spirituality in Mark’s Gospel (Energion).

The Shark at the Manger

A Shark at the Manger You’ve heard of the shepherds and the magi, the angel chorus, the fourth wise man, and the little drummer boy; but have you heard of the shark at the manger? This year’s Christmas pageant at South Congregational Church on Cape Cod inspired a shark to give homage to the baby [Read More...]

Adventurous Lectionary – December 21, 2014 – The Fourth Sunday of Advent

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Fourth Sunday of Advent – December 21, 2014 Luke 1:26-55 On the Fourth Sunday of Advent, our eyes turn to the call of Mary of Nazareth and her calling to us. Her response to God and her hymn of praise ring out through the ages and serve as a model [Read More...]

Adventurous Lectionary – Advent 3 – December 14, 2014

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Third Sunday of Advent – December 14, 2014 Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 Psalm 126 I Thessalonians 5:16-24 John 1:6-8, 19-28 Good news is coming! The world is being transformed. God’s way is emerging in a troubled world. God’s Spirit is upon all people and the vulnerable, outcast, and lost will experience [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – December 7, 2014 – Second Sunday of Advent

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Second Sunday of Advent – December 7, 2014 Psalm 40:1-11 Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13 2 Peter 3:8-15a Mark 1:1-8 Make haste! A way is being made! The Holy One is coming! Perhaps God’s revealing one is already here. God comes to save and heal. Let us open our hearts to God’s [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – November 30, 2014 – The First Sunday of Advent

The Adventurous Lectionary – The First Sunday of Advent – November 30, 2014 Isaiah 64:1-9 Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 I Corinthians 1:1-9 Mark 13:24-37 Advent is a season of awe and wonder. It is a time of waiting, not just for Jesus’ birth, but for the transformation of our lives and the world. Advent reflects the [Read More...]

Adventurous Lectionary – November 23, 2014 – The Reign of Christ Sunday

Adventurous Lectionary – November 23, 2014 – The Reign of Christ Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 Psalm 100 Ephesians 1:15-23 Matthew 25:31-46 The celebration of the Reign of Christ turns us toward justice and relationship. God experiences the world and responds to bring about structures of justice and reconciliation. Our worship of God is grounded in our [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – November 16, 2015 – Pentecost 23

The Adventurous Lectionary – Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost – November 16, 2014 Judges 4:1-7 Psalm 123 Philippians 5:1-11 Matthew 25:14-30 Today’s passages are challenging to those preachers who wish to include all four readings in worship. If you read the Old Testament/Hebraic scriptures, you must preach about them. Otherwise, you may perpetuate unhealthy and problematic [Read More...]