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Bruce Epperly
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Bruce Epperly is a theologian, spiritual guide, healing companion, retreat leader and lecturer, and author of nineteen books, including Holy Adventure: 41 Days of Audacious LivingGod’s Touch: Faith, Wholeness, and the Healing Miracles of JesusReiki Healing Touch and the Way of Jesus; andTending to the Holy: The Practice of the Presence of God in Ministry. He may be reached for questions and engagements at bruceepperly@gmail.com.

Works by Bruce Epperly
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The Adventurous Lectionary - The Feast of...
Bruce Epperly | January 01, 2022
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The Adventurous Lectionary - The Reign of Christ -...
Bruce Epperly | November 12, 2021
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Adventurous Lectionary - Seventeenth Sunday after...
Bruce Epperly | September 12, 2021
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The Adventurous Lectionary - Sixteenth Sunday after...
Bruce Epperly | September 04, 2021
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Good Friday: Salvation without Divine Violence
Bruce Epperly | April 02, 2021
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A Holy Lent for Pastors
Bruce Epperly | February 13, 2021
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Adventurous Lectionary - Transfiguration of Jesus -...
Bruce Epperly | February 04, 2021
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The Adventurous Lectionary - The Second Sunday of...
Bruce Epperly | December 27, 2020
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Joy to the World - A Christmas Eve Meditation
Bruce Epperly | December 22, 2020
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The Sixth Day of Advent
Bruce Epperly | December 04, 2020
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The Fifth Day of Advent
Bruce Epperly | December 03, 2020
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The fourth day of Advent
Bruce Epperly | December 02, 2020
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The Second Day of Advent
Bruce Epperly | December 01, 2020
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The Second Day of Advent
Bruce Epperly | November 30, 2020
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The First Day of Advent - Advent Hope
Bruce Epperly | November 29, 2020
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Thanksgiving and Faith in a Time of Pandemic
Bruce Epperly | November 25, 2020
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The Good News of Repentance and Change is Here"
Bruce Epperly | October 17, 2020
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The Adventurous Lectionary - Eighteenth Sunday after...
Bruce Epperly | September 24, 2020
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Faith in a Time of Pandemic - Fishing for Persons
Bruce Epperly | August 20, 2020
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Faith in a Time of Pandemic - God is Faithful
Bruce Epperly | August 13, 2020
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Faith in a Time of Pandemic - The World of Shalom
Bruce Epperly | August 11, 2020
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Faith in a Time of Pandemic - Scarcity or Abundance
Bruce Epperly | August 03, 2020
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Faith in a Time of Pandemic - Listening for God
Bruce Epperly | August 02, 2020
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Faith in a Time of Pandemic - Wrestling with God
Bruce Epperly | July 28, 2020
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Faith in a Time of Pandemic - God is Your Shield
Bruce Epperly | July 26, 2020
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Faith in a Time of Pandemic - Where are You?
Bruce Epperly | July 24, 2020
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Faith in a Time of Pandemic - Perpetual Praise
Bruce Epperly | July 22, 2020
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Faith in a Time of Pandemic - I Call Upon God
Bruce Epperly | July 21, 2020
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Faith in a Time of Pandemic - Search My Heart
Bruce Epperly | July 20, 2020
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Faith in a Time of Pandemic - Giving Thanks
Bruce Epperly | July 10, 2020
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Faith in Pandemic - Living with Integrity
Bruce Epperly | July 08, 2020
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Faith in a Time of Pandemic - Longing for God
Bruce Epperly | June 18, 2020
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Faith in a Time of Pandemic - Blessing God
Bruce Epperly | June 15, 2020
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Faith in a Time of Pandemic - The Darkest Valley
Bruce Epperly | June 12, 2020
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Faith in a Time of Pandemic - Forsaken
Bruce Epperly | June 10, 2020
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Faith in a Time of Pandemic - The Solid Rock
Bruce Epperly | June 06, 2020
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Faith in a Time of Pandemic - Refuge in God
Bruce Epperly | June 04, 2020
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Faith in a Time of Pandemic - The Absent God
Bruce Epperly | June 03, 2020
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Faith in a Time of Pandemic - Memorial Day
Bruce Epperly | May 25, 2020
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Memorial Day in a Time of Pandemic
Bruce Epperly | May 23, 2020
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Why I Wear A Mask
Bruce Epperly | May 13, 2020
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FAITH IN A TIME OF PANDEMIC - RITUALS THAT HEAL
Bruce Epperly | April 30, 2020
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FAITH IN A TIME OF PANDEMIC - GIVE US YOUR PEACE
Bruce Epperly | April 28, 2020
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Faith in a Time of Pandemic - Joyful Thanks!
Bruce Epperly | April 25, 2020
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Faith in a Time of Pandemic - Shine Like a Star
Bruce Epperly | April 23, 2020
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Faith in a Time of Pandemic - Greater Things?
Bruce Epperly | April 19, 2020
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Faith in a Time of Pandemic - The Bigger Picture
Bruce Epperly | April 18, 2020
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Faith in a Time of Pandemic - Got Doubt?
Bruce Epperly | April 17, 2020
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Faith in a Time of Pandemic: Holy Saturday
Bruce Epperly | April 11, 2020
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Easter - When We Most Need a Resurrection
Bruce Epperly | April 10, 2020
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FAITH IN A TIME OF PANDEMIC - SERVING ONE ANOTHER
Bruce Epperly | April 09, 2020
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Faith in a Time of Pandemic - Home Schooling
Bruce Epperly | April 08, 2020
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Faith in a Time of Pandemic - Palm Sunday
Bruce Epperly | April 05, 2020
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Faith in a Time of Pandemic - Sabbath
Bruce Epperly | April 04, 2020
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HOLY WEEK IN A TIME OF COVID-19
Bruce Epperly | April 02, 2020
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Vocation in a Time of Pandemic
Bruce Epperly | April 02, 2020
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The Adventurous Lectionary - A Rabbi's Wisdom
Bruce Epperly | April 02, 2020
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Faith in a Time of Pandemic - How I Got Over
Bruce Epperly | March 31, 2020
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Bruce Epperly | March 27, 2020
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Faith in a Time of Pandemic: Planning Ahead
Bruce Epperly | March 27, 2020
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Faith in a Time of Pandemic - Saying Thanks!
Bruce Epperly | March 25, 2020
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Faith in a Time of Pandemic - Need, Not Greed
Bruce Epperly | March 23, 2020
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Faith in a Time of Pandemic - You can pray!
Bruce Epperly | March 20, 2020
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Faith in a Pandemic - Washing Your Hands
Bruce Epperly | March 19, 2020
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Faith in a Time of Pandemic - Encircled with Love
Bruce Epperly | March 18, 2020
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Bruce Epperly | March 16, 2020
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Faith in a Time of Pandemic - Faith in the Fire
Bruce Epperly | March 15, 2020
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Bruce Epperly | March 06, 2020
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Ash Wednesday: A Boomer's Reflections on Beauty and...
Bruce Epperly | February 23, 2020
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Living a Holy Lent: A Word for Pastors
Bruce Epperly | February 23, 2020
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Bruce Epperly | January 02, 2020
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The Adventurous Lectionary - November 17, 2019 -...
Bruce Epperly | November 06, 2019
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Veterans Day and the Moral Equivalent of War
Bruce Epperly | November 06, 2019
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Greta Thunberg's Holy Adventure!
Bruce Epperly | August 20, 2019
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Reinhold Niebuhr: We Need Him Now More than Ever
Bruce Epperly | July 22, 2019
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Amos, Amaziah, and American Christianity
Bruce Epperly | July 19, 2019
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Bruce Epperly | June 08, 2019
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Memorial Day Prayers
Bruce Epperly | May 25, 2019
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Practicing Resurrection
Bruce Epperly | April 19, 2019
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Living Through Holy Saturday
Bruce Epperly | April 19, 2019
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Good Friday and Salvation without Divine Violence
Bruce Epperly | April 18, 2019
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The Adventurous Lectionary - The Sixth Sunday after...
Bruce Epperly | February 08, 2019
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The Tragic Beauty of Christmas: Reflections on the...
Bruce Epperly | December 26, 2018
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The Adventurous Lectionary - The First Sunday after...
Bruce Epperly | December 21, 2018
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The Good News of Christian Interspirituality
Bruce Epperly | November 13, 2018
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Who Is An Interspiritual Pilgrim?
Bruce Epperly | November 12, 2018
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Ruth, Jesus, and the Migrant Invasion
Bruce Epperly | October 23, 2018
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The Adventurous Lectionary - The Twentieth Sunday of...
Bruce Epperly | September 26, 2018
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John McCain and Making America Good Again
Bruce Epperly | August 26, 2018
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MYSTICS WHERE YOU LEAST EXPECT THEM
Bruce Epperly | August 25, 2018
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Pentecost Sunday - May 20, 2018
Bruce Epperly | May 10, 2018
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An Ash Wednesday Meditation: Beauty and Mortality
Bruce Epperly | February 13, 2018
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The Adventurous Lecitonary - The Baptism of Jesus -...
Bruce Epperly | December 29, 2017
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Christmas Eve Meditation - Joy to the World
Bruce Epperly | December 24, 2017
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Winter Solstice/Longest Night Meditation
Bruce Epperly | December 20, 2017
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The First Sunday of Christmas - December 28, 2017
Bruce Epperly | December 19, 2017
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Christmas Eve/Christmas Day - December 24/25, 2017
Bruce Epperly | December 17, 2017
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The Adventurous Lectionary - September 10, 2017 -...
Bruce Epperly | September 01, 2017
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Memorial Day and the Spirit of Sacrifice
Bruce Epperly | May 26, 2017
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WINNIE, EEYORE, AND RADICAL ACCEPTANCE
Bruce Epperly | February 18, 2017
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Winnie the Pooh and the Child in Us All
Bruce Epperly | February 13, 2017
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The Adventurous Lectionary - The Seventh Sunday of...
Bruce Epperly | February 09, 2017
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Rabbit and the Healing of Xenophobia
Bruce Epperly | February 09, 2017
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POOH, PIGLET, AND THE ADVENTURES OF EVERY DAY
Bruce Epperly | February 07, 2017
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Winnie the Pooh and the Need for Alternative Visions
Bruce Epperly | February 06, 2017
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The Adventurous Lectionary - Sixth Sunday after the...
Bruce Epperly | February 01, 2017
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The Baptism of Jesus - January 8, 2017
Bruce Epperly | December 29, 2016
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The Epiphany of Christ - January 6, 2017
Bruce Epperly | December 29, 2016
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The Adventurous Lectionary - Christmas Eve and Day
Bruce Epperly | December 16, 2016
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An Election Day Prayer
Bruce Epperly | November 08, 2016
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A Meditation for Election Eve
Bruce Epperly | November 07, 2016
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Bruce Epperly | October 07, 2016
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The Adventurous Lectionary - October 9, 2016 - The...
Bruce Epperly | September 30, 2016
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Does the Pursuing God Ever Stop Pursuing?
Bruce Epperly | May 18, 2016
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Yes, We’re Religious But So What?
Bruce Epperly | February 08, 2016
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Ash Wednesday: Meditations on Beauty and Mortality
Bruce Epperly | February 08, 2016
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Can a Saint be a Badass?
Bruce Epperly | December 22, 2015
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The Adventurous Lectionary - The First Sunday after...
Bruce Epperly | December 19, 2015
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Grace Sufficient for Every Need: On 'The Vulnerable...
Bruce Epperly | December 14, 2015
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Staying Put: Stability and Novelty in the Spiritual...
Bruce Epperly | November 30, 2015
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Advent without Guarantees
Bruce Epperly | November 24, 2015
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Read an Excerpt From "Loosely Christian"
Bruce Epperly | October 05, 2015
"Christ is on the loose, showing up where we least expect it, and this is our calling......
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The Adventurous Lectionary - Eighteenth Sunday after...
Bruce Epperly | September 20, 2015
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Finding Spirituality in Suffering: Heather King's...
Bruce Epperly | September 16, 2015
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Within The Trauma, A Blessing: Reba Riley’s...
Bruce Epperly | August 14, 2015
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Pentecost Sunday - May 24, 2015
Bruce Epperly | May 17, 2015
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Seventh Sunday of Easter
Bruce Epperly | May 10, 2015
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Easter Sunday
Bruce Epperly | March 30, 2015
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A Naturalistic Resurrection
Bruce Epperly | March 26, 2015
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Practicing Resurrection in an Ambiguous World
Bruce Epperly | March 25, 2015
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Adventurous Lectionary - Lent 3 - March 8, 2015
Bruce Epperly | March 03, 2015
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Living by Your Affirmations: Reflections on Nelson...
Bruce Epperly | February 12, 2015
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Transfiguration Sunday - February 15, 2015
Bruce Epperly | February 09, 2015
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Is God a Seahawk Fan? God's Will, Sports, and the...
Bruce Epperly | January 26, 2015
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The Baptism of Jesus - January 11, 2014
Bruce Epperly | January 06, 2015
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Epiphany Sunday - January 4, 2014
Bruce Epperly | December 29, 2014
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A Christmas Meditation: It's All About a Baby!
Bruce Epperly | December 24, 2014
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Why We Need an Incarnation?
Bruce Epperly | December 23, 2014
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The Shark at the Manger
Bruce Epperly | December 21, 2014
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Adventurous Lectionary - Advent 3 - December 14, 2014
Bruce Epperly | December 07, 2014
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Adventurous Lectionary - October 26 - Pentecost 20
Bruce Epperly | October 19, 2014
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Beyond Worry: Living with the Serenity Prayer - A...
Bruce Epperly | October 13, 2014
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The Adventurous Lectionary - September 28, 2014 -...
Bruce Epperly | September 22, 2014
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The Adventurous Lectionary - September 21, 2014 -...
Bruce Epperly | September 15, 2014
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The Adventurous Lectionary – August 24, 2014
Bruce Epperly | August 22, 2014
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The Adventurous Lectionary – August 10, 2014
Bruce Epperly | August 05, 2014
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The Adventurous Lectionary: June 29, 2014
Bruce Epperly | June 25, 2014
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The Adventurous Lectionary for June 22, 2014
Bruce Epperly | June 16, 2014
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Slow Church and the Transformation of Time
Bruce Epperly | June 02, 2014
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The Adventurous Lectionary -- June 1, 2014
Bruce Epperly | May 27, 2014
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The Adventurous Lectionary: May 25, 2014
Bruce Epperly | May 20, 2014
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Resurrection Without Supernaturalism
Bruce Epperly | April 18, 2014
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Living a Holy Week
Bruce Epperly | April 14, 2014
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The Adventurous Lectionary for March 30, 2014
Bruce Epperly | March 26, 2014
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In the Spirit of St. Patrick
Bruce Epperly | March 14, 2014
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Ash Wednesday: Beauty and Mortality
Bruce Epperly | March 04, 2014
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The Adventurous Lectionary for February 23, 2014
Bruce Epperly | February 20, 2014
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The Adventurous Lectionary for February 16, 2014
Bruce Epperly | February 13, 2014
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The Adventurous Lectionary for February 9, 2014
Bruce Epperly | February 05, 2014
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The Adventurous Lectionary – February 2, 2014
Bruce Epperly | January 30, 2014
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The Adventurous Lectionary for January 26, 2014
Bruce Epperly | January 23, 2014
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Aging and Full Humanity: A Conversation with Johann...
Bruce Epperly | November 27, 2013
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Bonhoeffer’s Vision and Process Theology
Bruce Epperly | November 18, 2013
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The Adventurous Lectionary for October 27, 2013
Bruce Epperly | October 21, 2013
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The Adventurous Lectionary: Imaging Hope in Times of...
Bruce Epperly | September 23, 2013
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The Adventurous Lectionary – September 22, 2013
Bruce Epperly | September 17, 2013
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Suffering, Divinity, and Power: A Response to Jeanne...
Bruce Epperly | September 16, 2013
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Celebrating Grandparent's Day
Bruce Epperly | September 06, 2013
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The Adventurous Lectionary for Sept 8: Sacrifice and...
Bruce Epperly | September 03, 2013
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Authentic Abundance: Responding to Karen Beattie’s...
Bruce Epperly | September 03, 2013
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Forgiveness and Paula Huston's "A Land Without Sin"
Bruce Epperly | August 31, 2013
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The Adventurous Lectionary for Sept 1: Creative...
Bruce Epperly | August 26, 2013
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Transforming Giants: A Response to "Five Stones"
Bruce Epperly | August 15, 2013
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The Adventurous Lectionary: Personality and...
Bruce Epperly | July 29, 2013
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Seeing the World with the Eyes of the Heart
Bruce Epperly | June 03, 2013
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The Adventurous Lectionary: Pentecost 3
Bruce Epperly | May 28, 2013
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The Adventurous Lectionary - Trinity Sunday
Bruce Epperly | May 20, 2013
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The Adventurous Lectionary – Pentecost
Bruce Epperly | May 15, 2013
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When Mental Illness Hits Home
Bruce Epperly | May 01, 2013
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Angels in the Making?
Bruce Epperly | May 01, 2013
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Spiritual and Religious: A Recipe for Joy!
Bruce Epperly | April 15, 2013
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Why I Am a Christian
Bruce Epperly | April 03, 2013
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Holy Saturday: Living in the Liminal
Bruce Epperly | March 29, 2013
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A Progressive Good Friday?
Bruce Epperly | March 22, 2013
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St. Patrick's Adventurous Prayer
Bruce Epperly | March 15, 2013
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Naturally Supernatural? A Progressive Vision
Bruce Epperly | March 15, 2013
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Action and Contemplation During Lent
Bruce Epperly | March 11, 2013
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The Adventurous Lectionary - Fifth Sunday in Lent
Bruce Epperly | March 10, 2013
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The Practices of Lent
Bruce Epperly | March 07, 2013
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The Adventurous Lectionary: The Third Sunday of Lent
Bruce Epperly | February 26, 2013
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The Questions of Lent: Mindfulness, Repentance, and...
Bruce Epperly | February 19, 2013
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The Adventurous Lectionary - The Second Sunday in Lent
Bruce Epperly | February 18, 2013
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The Adventurous Lectionary - The First Sunday in Lent
Bruce Epperly | February 13, 2013
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The Adventurous Lectionary - Ash Wednesday
Bruce Epperly | February 11, 2013
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The Adventurous Lectionary - Transfiguration Sunday
Bruce Epperly | February 04, 2013
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The Adventurous Lectionary: The Baptism of Jesus
Bruce Epperly | January 08, 2013
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The Adventurous Lectionary: Epiphany Sunday
Bruce Epperly | December 31, 2012
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The Seven Deadly Sins and the Grace of Interdependence
Bruce Epperly | December 20, 2012
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The Adventurous Lectionary: Advent 4
Bruce Epperly | December 18, 2012
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Revelation and the Open Canon: A Process-Relational...
Bruce Epperly | December 13, 2012
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The Adventurous Lectionary: Advent 3
Bruce Epperly | December 11, 2012
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The Adventurous Lectionary: Advent 2
Bruce Epperly | December 07, 2012
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An Ecology of Blessing: A Review of Heaven on Earth
Bruce Epperly | December 03, 2012
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Worshipping Different Gods!
Bruce Epperly | November 30, 2012
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The Adventurous Lectionary: The First Sunday of Advent
Bruce Epperly | November 27, 2012
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The Adventurous Lectionary: The Reign of Christ Sunday
Bruce Epperly | November 20, 2012
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The Adventurous Lectionary: The 25th Sunday after...
Bruce Epperly | November 12, 2012
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The Power of the Mind in an Interdependent Universe
Bruce Epperly | November 09, 2012
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Tolkien, Interdependence and the Sacred Ordinary
Bruce Epperly | October 31, 2012
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Moving Toward a Vision
Bruce Epperly | October 30, 2012
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Billy Graham, Paul Ryan, and Biblical Principles
Bruce Epperly | October 25, 2012
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Is a Bad God Better than No God at All?
Bruce Epperly | October 25, 2012
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The Adventurous Lectionary – Pentecost 22
Bruce Epperly | October 22, 2012
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Not Enough Religion in Politics?
Bruce Epperly | October 16, 2012
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The Adventurous Lectionary: The 21st Sunday after...
Bruce Epperly | October 15, 2012
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The Adventurous Lectionary: The 20th Sunday after...
Bruce Epperly | October 15, 2012
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Do Guardian Angels Protect Me?
Bruce Epperly | October 08, 2012
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The Adventurous Lectionary: The 19th Sunday after...
Bruce Epperly | October 02, 2012
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The Adventurous Lectionary: The 18th Sunday After...
Bruce Epperly | September 25, 2012
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The Adventurous Lectionary: The 17th Sunday after...
Bruce Epperly | September 19, 2012
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A Glorious Universe, Inspiring Adventures of the Spirit
Bruce Epperly | September 17, 2012
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The Adventurous Lectionary: The 16th Sunday after...
Bruce Epperly | September 13, 2012
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The Adventurous Lectionary: The 15th Sunday After...
Bruce Epperly | September 05, 2012
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Musings on Miracles
Bruce Epperly | July 17, 2012
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Prayerful Social Networking
Bruce Epperly | June 19, 2012
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The Adventurous Lectionary: Trinity Sunday
Bruce Epperly | May 24, 2012
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The Adventurous Lectionary: Pentecost Sunday
Bruce Epperly | May 21, 2012
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The Adventurous Lectionary: Ascension Sunday
Bruce Epperly | May 15, 2012
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Dallas, the Spitfire, and Mentoring
Bruce Epperly | May 11, 2012
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Expecting a Miracle?
Bruce Epperly | May 04, 2012
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The Adventurous Lectionary: Flourishing with God
Bruce Epperly | April 24, 2012
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The Adventurous Lectionary - Living a Holy Week
Bruce Epperly | March 31, 2012
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The Awakening Self and the Awakening Community
Bruce Epperly | March 26, 2012
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Adventurous Lectionary - Lent 5 - March 25
Bruce Epperly | March 19, 2012
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The Adventurous Lectionary -Lent 4
Bruce Epperly | March 12, 2012
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The Adventurous Lectionary - Lent 3
Bruce Epperly | February 27, 2012
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A Tapestry of Belief and Experience
Bruce Epperly | February 25, 2012
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The Adventurous Lectionary - Lent 2
Bruce Epperly | February 22, 2012
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Ash Wednesday Lectionary Adventure
Bruce Epperly | February 21, 2012
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Grandparenting as a Focal Spiritual Practice
Bruce Epperly | February 20, 2012
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From Jesus Candidate to Nation's Theologian
Bruce Epperly | February 19, 2012
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Social Media Blessing
Bruce Epperly | February 17, 2012
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Valentines of the Spirit
Bruce Epperly | February 13, 2012
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Postcards from Claremont: Part 2
Bruce Epperly | February 02, 2012
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Enough Time for Prayer
Bruce Epperly | February 01, 2012
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Emerging Apophatic
Bruce Epperly | January 18, 2012
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The Art of Balancing Simplicity and Complexity
Bruce Epperly | January 16, 2012
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Politicians and Prayer: On Blessing and Cursing
Bruce Epperly | January 14, 2012
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Emerging Kataphatic
Bruce Epperly | January 10, 2012
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Why Talking Theology Matters
Bruce Epperly | January 09, 2012
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Rick Santorum - The Jesus Candidate
Bruce Epperly | January 07, 2012
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God Speaks to Pat Robertson
Bruce Epperly | January 06, 2012
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Theology and Toddler Talk
Bruce Epperly | January 03, 2012
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Process Theology: A Beginner's Guide
Bruce Epperly | January 03, 2012
Theologian Bruce Epperly offers an introduction to process theology - a relational,......
Epiphany: Going Home By Another Road
Bruce Epperly | January 03, 2012
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The Tragic Beauty of Christmas: The Massacre of the...
Bruce Epperly | December 27, 2011
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Mary, Joseph, and Mysticism
Bruce Epperly | December 27, 2011
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The Tragic Beauty of Christmas: The Massacre of the...
Bruce Epperly | December 27, 2011
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New Year's Transformation
Bruce Epperly | December 26, 2011
Try these spiritual affirmations drawn from the Bible to renew your mind and heart in......
Why We Need an Incarnation: A Progressive Vision
Bruce Epperly | December 21, 2011
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Parenting the Divine: A Christmas Meditation
Bruce Epperly | December 20, 2011
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What's Emerging in Theology?
Bruce Epperly | December 06, 2011
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Deep Joy and Deep Trouble
Bruce Epperly | December 06, 2011
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Thanksgiving in a Time of Scarcity
Bruce Epperly | November 23, 2011
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Why We Need Advent
Bruce Epperly | November 22, 2011
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The autumn holidays provide us with the opportunity to give thanks -- as well as forgive......
In the spirit of the Protestant Reformers, what might the five "solas" of the......
Seminaries need to be prudent risk-takers, constantly looking for creative and revenue......
Seeking God's Shalom: Reflections on Labor Day
Bruce Epperly | August 23, 2011
Labor Day celebrates the prophetic concern for justice for the hardworking, poor, and......
More Education, Less Faith?
Bruce Epperly | August 08, 2011
Contrary to popular opinion, education actually deepens our spirituality while widening......
Can America Still Do Great Things?
Bruce Epperly | August 02, 2011
Can a nation have a vocation? If so, what does ours look like?...
Are You Being Fed? Church Going and Obesity
Bruce Epperly | July 13, 2011
Our waistline will not exclude us from God's care. But it may prevent us from fulfilling......
God, Freedom, and the Fourth of July
Bruce Epperly | July 01, 2011
If we affirm a god of unlimited and unbounded love, we will no longer be able to call......
There is little need for shock, awe, or fireworks in parenting. Good parenting comes......
While progressives might nuance their affirmations in different ways, here are some key......
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A recent Pew Center Report notes that 50 percent of mainstream Protestants claim to have......
Praying for Your Congregation
Bruce Epperly | June 01, 2011
The more I pray for a congregation as a whole and for the "problem people" in my......
Going Up? Reflections on Ascension Sunday
Bruce Epperly | May 31, 2011
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Going Up? Reflections on Ascension Day
Bruce Epperly | May 29, 2011
Of course, it’s not out of the question that Jesus defied gravity, but is that the real......
Memorial Day and the Spirit of Sacrifice
Bruce Epperly | May 17, 2011
What sacrifices are you called to make for the greater good -- in your family, among......
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When someone tells me Jesus is coming again, I usually respond, "Yes, he is," and then......
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Have you ever noticed the spiritual energy that emerges, the peace that arises, when you......
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Celebrating Resurrection
Bruce Epperly | April 18, 2011
Resurrection is not a violation of the cause and effect laws of nature, but a revelation......
Living through Holy Saturday
Bruce Epperly | April 15, 2011
After the shock of death, or words that bring despair ("cancer," "divorce," "we're......
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Obama's Biblical Budget
Bruce Epperly | April 13, 2011
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Shouting Hosanna in Ministry
Bruce Epperly | April 10, 2011
Hosannas balance the pain and conflict of Holy Week. True faith embraces sadness, grief......
Adventures in Healing and Wholeness #8
Bruce Epperly | April 06, 2011
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The sight-impaired man in John 9 trusts Jesus, but he also claims his own role in the......
During this season of Lent, take a few minutes to reflect on this passage from John.......
Rob Bell's Universalism?
Bruce Epperly | March 23, 2011
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Adventures in Healing and Wholeness #2 -
Bruce Epperly | March 23, 2011
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Shouting Stones: Blind Bartimaeus' True Grit
Bruce Epperly | March 23, 2011
What can a blind man's faith teach us about following Jesus? Pastor Bruce Epperly offers......
Adventures in Healing and Wholeness #1
Bruce Epperly | March 21, 2011
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This second week of Lent, we focus on Genesis 12:1-9 as an invitation to create altars......
Glenn Beck's God of Tsunamis
Bruce Epperly | March 16, 2011
Like Pat Robertson and others before him, Glenn Beck's God is out to get you. When we......
Day Forty One - The Adventure Continues
Bruce Epperly | March 15, 2011
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Glenn Beck's God of Tsunamis
Bruce Epperly | March 15, 2011
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Day Forty: Everything is Wrapped in God's Embrace
Bruce Epperly | March 14, 2011
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The legendary Prayer of St. Patrick invites us to consider how we are encircled by God's......
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Day Thirty Eight: God is with Us in Our Grief
Bruce Epperly | March 11, 2011
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In the wilderness of our vocations, in which success is seldom guaranteed, our spiritual......
Living a Holy Lent
Bruce Epperly | March 04, 2011
Living a holy Lent is as essential for good ministry as study is for good preaching....
Seize the Day: Reimagining Ash Wednesday
Bruce Epperly | March 03, 2011
"For years, I struggled with Ash Wednesday Services because of their otherworldliness......
Day Thirty Three: God is with Me in Darkness and Light
Bruce Epperly | February 25, 2011
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Day Thirty One: We Share in God's Healing Touch
Bruce Epperly | February 23, 2011
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Day Thirty: Glorify God in Your Body
Bruce Epperly | February 22, 2011
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Day Twenty Nine: Love God in the World of the Flesh
Bruce Epperly | February 18, 2011
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Day Twenty Eight: I Praise God with All Creation
Bruce Epperly | February 17, 2011
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Day Twenty Seven: I Walk in Beauty Every Day
Bruce Epperly | February 16, 2011
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Presidents' Day: On Leadership, Greatness, and Stature
Bruce Epperly | February 16, 2011
On Presidents' Day, I invite you to reflect on stature and greatness, and how you embody......
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We are One in Spirit
Bruce Epperly | February 14, 2011
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Day Twenty Four: We Serve God by Serving Others
Bruce Epperly | February 11, 2011
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Day Twenty Two: You are Part of the Body of Christ
Bruce Epperly | February 09, 2011
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Holy Reading
Bruce Epperly | February 09, 2011
One practice I've found helpful in the integration of my preaching and spiritual life is......
Day Twenty One: Your are Loved Unconditionally and...
Bruce Epperly | February 08, 2011
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Day Twenty: I Seek to Live by Forgiveness in Every...
Bruce Epperly | February 07, 2011
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Roses, Chocolate, and Sacrifice: A Valentine's Day...
Bruce Epperly | February 07, 2011
As a parent, grandparent, and husband of more than 32 years, I know that love is......
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Day Sixteen: You are a Channel of Divine Abundant Life
Bruce Epperly | February 02, 2011
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Day Fifteen: I Bless Everyone I Meet Today
Bruce Epperly | February 01, 2011
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DayFourteen: You are Always Connected with God
Bruce Epperly | January 31, 2011
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Day Thirteen: God Wants You to Grow
Bruce Epperly | January 29, 2011
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Day Ten: You Can Grow in Wisdom and Stature
Bruce Epperly | January 26, 2011
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Take Your Sermon for a Walk
Bruce Epperly | January 26, 2011
Movement can revive body, mind, and spirit; open you to new ideas; and help you to get......
Day Nine: God's Light Shines in Your Life
Bruce Epperly | January 25, 2011
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Day Eight: You Are Created in God's Image
Bruce Epperly | January 24, 2011
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Day Seven: Accept God's Surprising Love
Bruce Epperly | January 22, 2011
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Preaching as a Spiritual Practice
Bruce Epperly | January 20, 2011
Twenty years from now, will you still find joy in preaching, pastoral care, and the......
Bruce Epperly | January 18, 2011
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Day Five: God Inspires You With Every Breath
Bruce Epperly | January 17, 2011
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Today, we need to ask ourselves as a nation: "What is our dream? What are we living......
Day Three: God is Constantly Creating in Your Life
Bruce Epperly | January 13, 2011
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Taking the Long View of Epiphany
Bruce Epperly | January 12, 2011
The season of Epiphany invites the preacher to take the long view of her or his vocation......
God is Your Companion in Every Situation
Bruce Epperly | January 11, 2011
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God, The Holy Adventurer
Bruce Epperly | January 10, 2011
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Day One: God Loves the World, No Exceptions
Bruce Epperly | January 10, 2011
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Welcome to Your Holy Adventure in the New Year
Bruce Epperly | January 07, 2011
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Epiphany Practices: Home by Another Road
Bruce Epperly | December 29, 2010
Awakened to divine companionship, the road less traveled can become a holy adventure......
Happy (Sacred) New Year!
Bruce Epperly | December 23, 2010
While celebration is in order at New Year's, the turning of the year is also an......
Mysticism, Mission, and Malevolence
Bruce Epperly | December 15, 2010
This is the season for remembering we all need to be mystics. Mary encountered an angel,......
The Joy -- and Ambiguity -- of Christmas
Bruce Epperly | December 08, 2010
Both personally and homiletically, the preacher needs to makes a choice to focus on joy......
Advent: Anxiety or Adventure?
Bruce Epperly | December 01, 2010
How we "live" the Advent season will shape our sermons, liturgies, pastoral care, family......
A Sober Advent
Bruce Epperly | November 23, 2010
Like Lent, Advent calls us to wake up and to remain sober amid the drunkenness --......
The Forrest Gump Principle
Bruce Epperly | November 10, 2010
What if we approached each week's lectionary readings with the classic Forrest Gump line......
God's Harvest for All: A Thanksgiving Reflection
Bruce Epperly | November 09, 2010
The German mystic Meister Eckhart is reputed to have said that if the only prayer you......
In a time of growing individualism and me-first politics and economics, we should......
A Rally for Sanity? Or a Rally for Fear?
Bruce Epperly | November 01, 2010
Although Jon Stewart, unlike Glenn Beck, did not claim the mantle of a religious leader,......
God Is One and Revealed in Many Ways
Bruce Epperly | October 19, 2010
As a theologian, I affirm that God is revealed in all things and can be symbolized by......
Remembering All Saints
Bruce Epperly | October 12, 2010
All Saints' Day, celebrated November 1, is about gratitude, connection, and aspiration.......
We Aren't as Smart as We Think We Are
Bruce Epperly | October 01, 2010
The answer to religious illiteracy? Commit to taking our faith as seriously as we do our......
Lost and Found: Reflections on Sunday's Scriptures
Bruce Epperly | September 01, 2010
Today, we celebrate grace -- not cheap grace that requires nothing of us; but absolutely......
Labor Day: Good Work and a Good Society
Bruce Epperly | August 30, 2010
Labor Day provides an opportunity not only to give thanks to those who labor on our......
Eat, Pray, Love: An Invitation for Christians?
Bruce Epperly | August 25, 2010
The new film Eat, Pray, Love presents an invitation to moderate and progressive......
God presents us with many possibilities in each moment. Each moment has a vocation, a......
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Abandonment and Responsibility
Bruce Epperly | August 04, 2010
Does there ever come a time in life in life when God withdraws God’s care and lets us......
Praying with your Hands: Summer Spirituality
Bruce Epperly | August 02, 2010
We can pray in many ways -- images, thoughts, and words -- and we can also pray with our......
Summer Spirituality: Practicing Gratitude
Bruce Epperly | July 12, 2010
While gratitude is an all-season spiritual practice, it especially suits the easy-going......
Summer Spirituality
Bruce Epperly | July 02, 2010
Walking for the pure joy of it soothes and calms my spirit like nothing else....
Remembering My Fundamentalist Past
Bruce Epperly | June 15, 2010
Fundamentalists like simplicity, but God cannot be confined by a word, a book, an......
The Fourth of July
Bruce Epperly | June 15, 2010
Here are some spiritual practices for experiencing the holy amidst the nation's......
Living in the Spirit: Breathing Your Prayers
Bruce Epperly | June 08, 2010
This simple breath prayer connects us with God's presence within our lives....
Holy Hospitality: Seeing Christ in the Immigrant
Bruce Epperly | June 07, 2010
What would have happened to our Savior had his family been refused comfort and......
Transforming Rituals
Bruce Epperly | June 01, 2010
Rituals abound for the seasons of life, both within and outside of Christianity, which......
Regardless of our feelings about a particular war or military service in general,......
Reiki Healing Touch: Prayer with Your Hands
Bruce Epperly | May 27, 2010
When I practice Reiki, whether hands-on or at a distance, I embody Jesus' healing......
The times are challenging and it is easy to give up hope. Transforming and healing the......