Time Enough? A Response to Michael Yankoski’s “Sacred Year”

In the course of a year, Michael Yankoski goes on a sacred pilgrimage. Although sometimes he travels, much of his spiritual peregrinations involve a journey without distance as he seeks to discover the geography of the spirit. The inner spaces of our lives, Yankoski discovers, are just as spacious as the landscapes that surround our [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – September 28, 2014 – Pentecost 16

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost –September 28, 2014 Exodus 17:1-7 Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16 Philippians 2:1-13 Matthew 21:23-32 God is faithful, providing a way where there is no way, and giving us the energy to grow in freedom and creativity at every stage of life. Faithful agency opens the floodgates of divine [Read More…]

Theological Reflections on Suicide: A Conversation with Karen Mason’s “Preventing Suicide”

A number of months ago, a bereaved mother asked me, “Where is Susie now?” Her question was far from academic. When her daughter committed suicide, one of the first pastoral responses she received was, “Suicide is an unforgiveable sin. Your daughter has cut herself off from God entirely, and is now paying the price, forever!” [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – September 21, 2014 – Pentecost 15

The Adventurous Lectionary – Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost – September 21, 2014 Bruce G. Epperly Exodus 16:2-15 Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45 Philippians 1:21-30 Matthew 20:1-16 Will God provide for our deepest needs? Are we alone in the world or is there a gentle providence working through our lives, giving us guidance, energy, and sometimes surprising manifestations [Read More…]

Refreshing the Pastor’s Soul: In Conversation with Michael Voss’s Reviving the Congregation

Leadership is a spiritual issue, especially in congregational life. As Michael Voss notes in his Reviving the Congregation, pastoral leadership involves not only a pastor’s skills but also her or his personal well-being and spiritual life. Pastoral excellence is skill centered and we should always aim at excellence, as Voss notes. But, this excellence ultimately [Read More…]

Adventurous Lectionary – September 14, 2014 – Pentecost 14

The Adventurous Lectionary – September 14, 2014 – Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost Bruce G. Epperly Exodus 14:19-31 Romans 14:1-12 Matthew 18:21-35 Today’s readings explore forgiveness, pluralism, and deliverance. Our dependence and interdependence with God and others is the framework for understanding the spiritual adventure. The Genesis reading is about God’s deliverance of the Israelites from [Read More…]

Letting Go of Limits and Opening to Divine Possibilities: A Dialogue with Sarah Jakes

Every morning as I take my prayer walk along the beaches of Cape Cod, I repeat spiritual affirmations. These affirmations have transformed my mind and approach to the events of my life. They have also opened up new possibilities in terms of creativity and relationships. One particular affirmation I regularly use is: “I let go [Read More…]

Adventurous Lectionary – September 7, 2014 – Pentecost 13

The Adventurous Lectionary – September 7, 2014 – The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost Bruce G. Epperly Exodus 12:1-14 Psalm 149 Romans 13:8-14 Matthew 18:15 This week’s scriptures raise issues of divine violence and exclusion as well as God’s protective safety.   Like many important religious feasts, the celebration of Passover is shrouded in mystery and ethical [Read More…]

Adventurous Lectionary – Pentecost 12 – August 31, 2014

The Adventurous Lectionary Exodus 3:1-15 Psalm 105:1-6. 23-26, 45a Romans 12:9-12 Matthew 16:21-28 Once upon a time, a rabbinical gathering considered the question, “Why was the bush burning but not consumed?” The rabbis posited of a variety of answers until one responded, “It was burning and not consumed so that one day, as Moses walked [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – August 24, 2014

The Adventurous Lectionary – August 24, 2014- Eleventh Sunday after the Pentecost Exodus 1:8-2:10 Psalm 124 Romans 12:1-8 Matthew 16:13-20 Today’s readings invite us to ponder our unique vocations and relationship with God. Our gifts shape and are shaped by the community of Christ. In living out our gifts, we share in God’s vision of [Read More…]


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