Living Holy Adventure – Easter Sunday – April 16, 2017

Easter Celebration – April 16, 2017 Bruce G. Epperly Acts 10:34-43 Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 Colossians 3:1-4 John 20:1-18 Matthew 28:1-10 Today we celebrate! Someone amazing and unexpected “once upon a time.” Could it happen again in our time? That is the challenge for preachers and congregants every Easter Sunday. “This is the day that God [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Palm Sunday – April 9, 2017

The Adventurous Lectionary – Palm Sunday – April 9, 2017 Bruce G. Epperly Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 Philippians 2:5-11 Matthew 21:1-11 Palm Sunday straddles celebration and suffering. The crowds that shout “Hosanna” in great celebration soon will fade in the background to be replaced by “Crucify him.” Life is joy and celebration; it is also sorrow [Read More…]

Who me, a mystic? The Mysticism of Everyday Life: Responding to Becky Eldredge

Who me, a mystic? The Mysticism of Everyday Life: Responding to Becky Eldredge For the last two years, I have taught a first Monday seminar at the church I pastor, entitled “A Month with a Mystic” in which we focus on the theology, spirituality, and practices of a particular spiritual guide or mystic. In the [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Fifth Sunday in Lent – April 2, 2017

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Fifth Sunday in Lent – April 2, 2017 Bruce Epperly Ezekiel 17:1-14 Psalm 130 Romans 8:6-11 John 11:1-45 Lent is a season in which we confront our limitations, sin, and mortality. We are dust and to dust we return, we are finite and our finitude is the source of creativity [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Fourth Sunday in Lent – March 26, 2017

The Adventurous Lectionary – Fourth Sunday in Lent – March 26, 2017 I Samuel 16:1-13; Psalm 23; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41 Today’s scriptures are surprising. The unexpected child becomes a leader, we feel safe a trek through the darkest valley, we can live in contrast to the norms of our culture in which the blind [Read More…]

Winnie the Pooh, St. Patrick, and Meandering Mysticism

Winnie the Pooh is a wanderer. Each day is an adventure with no preordained destination. It might be the quest for a honey tree, a conversation with Christopher Robin, a float down the stream, or a journey to the North Pole. Wherever he finds himself, he feels blessed as he rejoices in the wonders of [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Third Sunday in Lent – March 19, 2017

The Adventurous Lectionary -The Third Sunday in Lent – March 19, 2017 Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 95; Romans 5:1-11;. John 4:1-42 Psalm 95 sets the stage for this week’s readings. Joy, gratitude, and trust characterize the Psalmist’s relationship with God. Singing praise for all that God is and what God has done is at the heart [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Second Sunday in Lent – March 12, 2017

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Second Sunday in Lent – March 12, 2017 Genesis 12:1-42; Psalm 121; Romans 4:1-5; 13-17; John 3:1-17 God’s call is universal and ubiquitous. God is still moving and speaking, and faithfulness to God invites us to be on the move, too! The story of Abraham’s call celebrates forward movement. Despite [Read More…]

Ash Wednesday: A Baby Boomer’s Meditations on Beauty and Mortality

Baby boomers are discovering their mortality. For a while, we lived in the garden, never expecting to grow old, hoping that the “better living through chemistry” that inspired spiritual adventures in the 60’s and 70’s will continue with medications be our fountain of youth now that we are in our 60’s and 70’s. A Jewish [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The First Sunday in Lent – March 5, 2017

The Adventurous Lectionary – The First Sunday in Lent – March 5, 2017 Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7; Psalm 32; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11 Lent is the season of simplicity. The season of getting back to basics, to going from the worship of many things to the worship of the One True God. Lent is a season [Read More…]