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 in Pentecost – July 3, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary -The Seventh Sunday in Pentecost – July 3, 2016 2 Kings 5:1-14 Psalm 30 Galatians 6:7-16 Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 The encounter of Elisha and Naaman is at the heart of today’s scriptures. It could be titled, “the healing you need is right in front of you,” or in a lighter vein, “healing [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost – June 26, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost – June 26, 2016 2 Kings 2:1-4, 6-14; Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20; Galatians 5:1, 13-25; Luke 9:51-62 Today’s readings ask us to launch out in new directions of faithfulness to God. They ask us to believe great things and trust God to work creatively and redemptively in [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost – June 19, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost – June 19, 2016 I Kings 19:1-15a Psalm 42 and 43 Galatians 3:23-29 Luke 8:26-39 You are now entering the spiritual twilight zone. The Old Testament and Gospel readings introduce us to the paranormal. Elijah encounters an angelic being and experiences God in sheer silence. Jesus [Read More…]

Theology Matters to LGBTQ Persons: A Response to Andrew Marin’s “Us Versus Us”

My first response to Andrew Marin’s Us Versus Us is “read this book!” It is well-researched, sensitive, irenic in spirit, and inclusive in attitude. It provides data and interpretation that can change minds, open spirits, and enable churches to share good news in ways that welcome the GLBT community. It is especially relevant to welcome-spirited evangelicals [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost – June 12, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost – June 12, 2016 1 Kings 21:1-10, (11-14), 15-21a, Psalm 5:1-8 (and/or 2 Samuel 11:26-12:10, 13-15, Psalm 32) Galatians 2:15-21 Luke 7:36-8:3 Today’s lectionary readings combine grace and challenge. The powerful and self-proclaimed righteous often forget their need for grace and, in consequence, use their power [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Third Sunday after Pentecost – June 5, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – Third Sunday after Pentecost – June 5, 2016 I Kings 17:8-16 (17-24) Psalm 146 Galatians 1:11-24 Luke 7:11-17 In today’s readings, God is portrayed as the source of amazing things: food in a drought, reviving the dead, and transforming our lives. When we see a dead end, God sees an open [Read More…]

Mysticism, Hallucinations, and Designer Spirituality

The dustcover of Joshua Steven Grisetti’s new book God in My Head announces that the author “experienced an accidental prescription drug overdose at a dentist’s office and subsequently had an unexpected encounter with the Almighty Creator the Universe.” Grisetti’s drug induced hallucinations opened the doors of perception, to use Aldous Huxley’s language, and awakened him to [Read More…]


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