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.

Angels in the Making?

{This post is part of a roundtable conversation on the new book In the Presence of Angels, by Andrea R. Garrison.} In the Presence of Angels and the Way of Blessing Andrea Garrison presents the vision of an enchanted and inspired universe in her delightful text, In the Presence of Angels. As I sat at my local [Read More…]

An Ecology of Blessing: A Review of Heaven on Earth

You can have heaven on earth. You can live the good life now. So write Chris Seidman and Joshua Graves in their new book, Heaven on Earth: Realizing the Good Life Now. The good life they imagine is not the result of self-interest or lifestyles of the rich and famous but living in accordance with [Read More…]

The Power of the Mind in an Interdependent Universe

One of most spiritually significant and problematic aspects of New Thought and New Age philosophies involves its emphasis on the power of the mind and the role of thought in creating the circumstances of our lives. New Age teachers regularly proclaim that we create our own realities and that our life situation is a direct [Read More…]

Tolkien, Interdependence and the Sacred Ordinary

Devin Brown’s The Christian World of the Hobbit traces the Christian roots of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien was a lifelong Christian and his faith influenced his academic life and writing.  But, Tolkien’s work transcends Christianity insofar as divine revelation cannot be contained by any one religious tradition.  Brown asserts that [Read More…]

Core and Care: Reflecting on the Faith of Johnny Appleseed

Philosopher Alfred North Whitehead asserted that doctrinally speaking, a religion is “a set of general truths which have the effect of transforming character when they are sincerely held and vividly apprehended. In the long run your character and your conduct of life depend on your intimate convictions.” (Religion in the Making, 15) Experience is essential [Read More…]

Do Guardian Angels Protect Me?

A number of years ago, I appeared on a CNN talk show along with a woman who had recently penned a book on guardian angels.  Perhaps they saw an article on angels I had written for a denominational magazine and wanted a Christian voice represented on the program.[1]  I was my theological best – after [Read More…]

A Glorious Universe, Inspiring Adventures of the Spirit

As I was reading Karl Giberson’s Seven Glorious Days, my two year old grandson began  singing the spiritual “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands”  as he played one of his imaginative guitars. This bit of synchronicity pointed to the creative interplay of theology and science as adventures of imagination and creativity. Could it [Read More…]