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 Adventurous Lectionary – Tenth Sunday after Pentecost – August 2, 2015

The Adventurous Lectionary – Tenth Sunday after Pentecost – August 2, 2015 2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a Psalm 51:1-12 Ephesians 4:1-16 John 6:24-35 This Sunday’s readings focus on the realities of sin and grace. Our recognition of our fallibility opens us to grace beyond our efforts; the transformative energy emerging from a grace and power greater than [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost – July 26, 2015

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost – July 26, 2015 2 Samuel 11:1-15 Psalm 14 Ephesians 3:14-21 John 6:1-21 This week’s passages encompass the polarities and ambiguities of life. They join individual and communal, scarcity and abundance, and fallibility and grace. Close to God’s heart, David is an ambiguous hero. Tempted and [Read More...]

Too Much Sacrifice, Too Much Sin? Responding to Peter Mommsen’s ‘Homage to a Broken Man’

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I read Peter Mommsen’s Homage to a Broken Man: A Story of Faith, Forgiveness, Sacrifice, and Community with mixed feelings. It surely is an excellent testimony to one man’s fidelity.  J. Heinrich Arnold (Heiner) lived his life fully before God, submitting to his understanding of following Jesus in Christian community. It is also a witness [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost – July 19, 2015

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost – July 19, 2015 2 Samuel 7:1-14a Psalm 89:20-37 Ephesians 2:11-22 Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 God’s covenant embraces all of us, promising more than we can ask or imagine. How do we best align ourselves with God’s vision of abundant life for us and those we love? [Read More...]

The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost – July 12, 2015

The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost – July 12, 2015 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19 Psalm 24 Ephesians 1;3-14 Mark 6:14-29 Do you dance with God? Does worship inspire passion and ecstasy? What happens when you dance to a different drum than God’s? Do our lives become destructive rather than creative? The reading from Samuel describes David [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost – July 5, 2015

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost – July 5, 2015 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10 Psalm 48 2 Corinthians 2:2-10 Mark 6:1-13 In today’s lectionary readings, I am focusing on the New Testament readings and their emphasis on the role of faith to transform our lives, and enable us to face creatively even [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost – June 28, 2015

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost – June 28, 2015 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 Psalm 130 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 Mark 5:21-43 Today’s texts invite us to consider the need for healing. We need healing of our experiences of loss, of our sense of moral failure, greed, and brokenness of body, mind, spirit, and relationships. The Old Testament [Read More...]


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