Thin Places, Wide Open Vistas, and the Afterlife: Reflections on ‘The Hand on the Mirror’

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The Celts of Scotland and Ireland speak of certain patches of land as “thin places” where heaven and earth, the divine and human, eternity and time, touch one another. Thin places remind us that we are always on holy ground and that God’s Spirit moves temporally and geographically through our lives and the world. Janis [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The First Sunday after Pentecost – May 31, 2015

Isaiah 6:1-8 Psalm 29 Romans 8:12-17 John 3:1-17 Today’s readings invite us to experience the mystical presence of God, revealed in creation, our inner lives, and the call to mission. Isaiah’s mystical vision is one of the most powerful witnesses to humankind’s encounter with the divine, or better put, God’s breaking into human life in [Read More...]

Pentecost Sunday – May 24, 2015

Pentecost Sunday – May 24, 2015 Acts 2:1-21 Ezekiel 37:1-14 Psalm 104:24-34, 35b Romans 8:22-27 John 15:25-26, 16:4b-15 Today, we celebrate the lively Spirit of God, God’s gentle and occasionally wild presence, that transforms our lives, breaks down barriers, and gives live to what otherwise might be dead. On the day of Pentecost, a wild [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Seventh Sunday of Easter – May 17, 2015

The Seventh Sunday after Easter Acts 1:15-17, 21-26 Psalm 1 I John 5:9-13 John 17:6-19 Today’s readings are about prayer and alignment with God’s vision. Belief and action are essential to Christian life, and prayer may be the most definitive faith practice. Prayer changes things and leads to world-transforming actions. The reading from Acts is [Read More...]

The Seventh Sunday after Easter – May 17, 2014

The Seventh Sunday after Easter Acts 1:15-15, 21-26 Psalm 1 I John 5:9-13 John 17:6-19 Today’s readings are about prayer and alignment with God’s vision. Belief and action are essential to Christian life, and prayer may be the most definitive faith practice. Prayer changes things and leads to world-transforming actions. The reading from Acts is [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Sixth Sunday of Easter – May 10, 2015

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Sixth Sunday of Easter – May 10, 2015 Bruce Epperly Acts 10:44-48 Psalm 98 I John 5:1-6 John 15:9-17 Love is at the heart of today’s readings. God is love and God’s love invites us to love in action. Those who love go beyond the ego and its needs and [Read More...]

Living a Holy Adventure – Fifth Sunday of Easter – May 3, 2015

The Fifth Sunday of Easter Acts 8:26-40 Psalm 22:35-41 I John 4:7-21 John 15:1-8 Today’s scriptures are mystical, energetic, and empowering. Angels inspire and divine energy flows, giving life to all creation and fruitfulness to persons of faith. Revelation is unbounded and democratic. The Pentecost spirit is unconstrained and flows to all people. An angel [Read More...]

Everyone Belongs to God: A Response to Christoph Blumhardt

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A Response to Everyone Belong to God, by Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt (Plough Publishing House, 2015) One of my preaching mentors Ernie Campbell once said that “there are only two kinds of people in the world: those who are in God’s hands and know it and those who are in God’s hands and don’t.” Christoph Friedrich [Read More...]

Creating a Space for Grace: Responding to Terry Hershey

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I always enjoyed Terry Hershey’s segments on Hallmark Channel’s “New Morning.” He spoke of beauty and the need for space simply to take in the wonders of life. He spoke of the need for sanctuary in the midst of busy days and challenging commitments. His book Sanctuary: Creating a Space for Grace in Your Life [Read More...]

Adventurous Lectionary – Fourth Sunday of Easter – April 26, 2015

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Fourth Sunday of Easter – April 26, 2015 Acts 5:4-12 Psalm 23 I John 3:16-24 John 10:11-19 Today’s readings portray the interrelationship of theology, spirituality, and ethics. The Christian life is defined by God’s love for humankind and reflected in God’s suffering love in Jesus. Jesus’ suffering transforms the world [Read More...]


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