JOHN COBB’S GLOBAL SPIRIT

by Bruce Epperly In my last contribution, I reflected on Bernard Loomer’s vision of “size” or “stature” as the ability to embrace as much of reality as possible, including contrasting positions, without losing your spiritual center.  Perhaps no theologian in recent times has been as inclusive as John Cobb.  John has been my teacher and…

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BERNARD LOOMER ON SPIRITUAL STATURE

by Bruce Epperly Over the next few months, I will be reflecting on process thinkers I have known. I will share a few thoughts on women and men who have shaped my understanding of process theology not just by their words but by their lives. Process theology is profoundly embodied. Mind and body, and the…

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Transforming the Time

By Bruce G. Epperly I Kings 2:10-12, 3:3-14 Psalm 111 Ephesians 5:15-20 John 6:51-59 Life is full of special moments – your first day at school, graduation from college, falling in love, your wedding day, the birth of a child, the day that God became more than a word to you. Life is also full of…

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The Gift of a New Perspective

By Bruce G. Epperly Date Delivered: November 4, 2007 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Luke 19:1-10 In one of his songs, Paul Simon portrays the lament of a middle aged, baby boomer: We work our jobs Collect our pay We think we’re gliding down the highway When, in fact, we’re slip-sliding away. Perhaps that’s how Zacchaeus felt…

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Spirit–centered Progressives?

By Bruce G. Epperly Pentecost Sunday Acts 2:1-21 Romans 8:22-27 John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 Imagine yourself in those first weeks following the resurrection of Jesus, utterly overwhelmed by the events of Holy Week, the Empty Tomb and the Wounded-Risen Teacher and Savior, and the forty days of companionship with Jesus before he left them to dwell in…

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On Becoming a Mystical Progressive

By Bruce G. Epperly Date Delivered:  August 13, 2006 Location: Unitarian Universalist Community of Lancaster Genesis 28:10-17 Exodus 3:1-5 John 1:1-5, 9 Earth’s crammed with heaven and every common bush afire with God; And only he who sees, takes off his shoes – The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries. (Elizabeth Barrett Browning) There is…

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Loving the Law?

By Bruce G. Epperly Date Delivered:  January 20, 2007 Third Sunday After the Epiphany   Nehemiah 8:1-3. 5-6, 8-10 Psalm 19 I Corinthians 12:12-31a Luke 4:14-21 How can the reading of the Law be a source of celebration? For most of us, the law is something that stifles, inspires fear of punishment, and limits our freedom.…

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Joy in All Things

By Bruce G. Epperly Date Delivered: December 17, 2006 Advent 3, Year C Isaiah 12:2-6 Philippians 4:4-9 Luke 7:7-18 Theme: Living joyfully Location: Disciples United Community Church, Lancaster, PA Good theology—clear and life-changing thinking about God—has three interconnected components: A vision of the world in which live, a perspective on life and God’s presence in our lives…

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I Want a Double Portion

By Bruce G. Epperly Transfiguration Weekend 2 Kings 2:1-12 Mark 9:2-9 And Elijah asked Elisha, “tell me what I may do for you, before I am taken from you.” And, Elisha responded, “please let me inherit a double portion of your spirit.” Now, this is a passage that is seldom invoked in progressive, post-enlightenment, or mainstream…

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Holy Week – Palm Sunday

By Bruce G. Epperly Philippians 2:5-11 Luke 19:28-40 We are at edge of adventure….palms are waving…crowds shouting “Hosanna”…. common folks anticipating global and personal transformation. But, at the edges of the crowd, lurk the powers and principalities, the presidents and kings, the empire strategists, the protectors of religious and social status quo. Repulsed by joyful songs…

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