Sermons by Dr. Bruce Epperly

Encounters with God -What do you say to a burning bush? Moses

Exodus 3:11-15 Moses had a history.  As he walked to work that morning, off to tend his father-in-law’s herds, perhaps Moses was pondering, “How did I get myself into this situation?” Perhaps, he recounted his life story, “Raised by the great Pharaoh’s daughter, born in luxury, destined for great things.  Born Hebrew, raised Egyptian, unsure of […]

Wrestling with God: Jacob

Genesis 28:10-17   Genesis 32:22-32   We continue our reflection on Encountering God with the story of Jacob, the trickster, the biblical embodiment of the art of the deal.  Some folks are unexpected mystics, and Jacob fits this category.  From the moment of his birth, Jacob sought to get the upper hand on anyone he met.  He […]

Invitation to Adventure: Abraham and Sarah

Genesis 12:1-9 There is a saying, “when you make plans, God laughs.” It is not that God is out to turn our lives upside down, or that God wants to make things difficult for us, but that life is full of surprises, and sometimes God is the source of unexpected adventures, moving us out of our […]

An Open and Affirming Heart

John 13:34 People who know me well recognize that I seldom take short cuts on important issues. I don’t go along with the crowd, intellectually, theologically, or ethically.  Thomas the doubter is one of my intellectual heroes.  I ponder the yes and the no, the theory and practice, of issues. I regularly question my beliefs, […]

The Gospel According to Star Wars

“A Long, Long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away”…in a time of civil war, the rebels won a victory against the evil Galactic Empire, but victory is always temporary – the fight must go on – the forces of darkness are strong and we must be brave. “A long, long time ago,” so […]

All Embracing Spirit

Acts 2:1-21 During the Pentecost Season, the longest season of the Christian year, we celebrate God’s enlivening and unifying Spirit. We need this Spirit now more than ever.  No people have been more global than persons in the 21stcentury.  In real time, we can see photos of flames at Notre Dame, villages bombed in Yemen, […]

A Mighty Wind Has Blown

Acts 2:1-12 “Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away!” So begins Theodore Geisel, Dr. Suess, in his book for all ages “All the Places You’ll Go.”  It’s summer, schools out, holidays on the horizon, let’s go. It was fifty days after Easter, and the women and men who […]

God is Still Speaking: Reading the Bible Biblically

John 20:21-22 2 Timothy 3:14-17  Reading the Bible can be hazardous to your health. The story is told of a man who sought guidance from scripture: he believed the Holy Spirit would lead him to truth, if he just picked a few scriptures randomly from the Bible.  And so he closed his eyes, opened the Bible, […]

The Gospel According to Dr. Suess

Exodus 3:1-12 “A person’s a person, no matter how small.” It happened on May 15 and Horton the Elephant was swimming.  He heard a small noise…He looked this way and that but couldn’t see anything.  It was then he heard a noise coming from a small speck of dust floating through the air. “I’ll help […]

An Amazing Story: The Cosmic Peek-a-Boo

On a recent plane trip, a young child, probably no more than a year old, looked over the seat in front of me to see what I was doing.  I looked up from my book and winked at him and placed my hand my over my face and then uncovered it.  He was delighted and […]