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 – Ascension Sunday – May 28, 2017

The Adventurous Lectionary – Ascension Sunday – May 28, 2017 Bruce G. Epperly Acts 1:6-14 Psalm I Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11 John 17:1-11 Can we be both heavenly minded and earthly good? Can we have an eternal perspective, embracing the afterlife and also be committed to bringing beauty and justice to our earthly lives? Today’s readings [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Sixth Sunday of Easter – May 21, 2017

The Adventurous Lectionary – Sixth Sunday of Easter – May 21, 2017 Bruce G. Epperly Acts 17:22-31 Psalm 66:18-20 I Peter 3:13-22 John 14:15-21 My teacher John Cobb referred to Christ as the way that excludes no authentic spiritual way. In our pluralistic age, as Cobb describes it, we need more rather than less theology. [Read More…]

Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin, and the Virtue of Doing Nothing

One afternoon, Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh reflected about what happens when a child begins school and starts to grow up. Christopher Robin lamented that he will no longer be able to respond to the question, “What are you doing?” with the words, “Nothing.” Growing up means schedules and commitments and fewer hours for [Read More…]

Why Theologians Need Spirituality and Spiritual Guides Need Theology

One of the most tragic dualisms in contemporary Christianity is the separation of spirituality and theology, reflected in the separation of the congregation and retreat center from the seminary. Over the years, I have found only a few theologians who are committed to regular spiritual practices and integrating their spiritual experiences with their research. For [Read More…]

The Adveturous Lectionary – The Fifth Sunday of Easter – May 14, 2017

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Fifth Sunday of Easter – May 14, 2017 Bruce Epperly Acts 7:55-60 Psalm 31:1-15, 15-16 I Peter 2:2-10 John 14:1-14 On the Fifth Sunday of Easter, the heart of the lectionary readings is John 14:1-14. This reading is both inspirational and challenging. It invites us to reflect on the scope [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Fourth Sunday of Easter – May 7, 2017

The Adventurous Lectionary – Fourth Sunday of Easter – May 7, 2017 Bruce G. Epperly Psalm 23 I Peter 2:19-25 Acts 2:42-47 John 10:1-10 Today’s reading could be titled, “The Shepherd of Abundance” in which the preacher may choose to focus on the vocation of shepherds as seen in the Psalm and Gospel along with [Read More…]

Winnie the Pooh, Thomas Friedman, and the Paws that Refresh

As I wait for my flight at Logan Airport, I am pondering Thomas Friedman’s recent book, “Thank You For Being Late.” Friedman notes that accelerations are accelerating, and faster is going faster, and that while we are adaptive creatures, changes are happening almost too quickly for thought and responsible action to catch up. Whether by [Read More…]