Sermons by Dr. Bruce Epperly (Page 21)

A Spirituality for the Summertime

A Spirituality for the Summertime Genesis 1:1-4; 1:31-2:3 Philippians 4:4-9 Matthew 6:30-34 During our recent visit to Grand Rapids, Michigan, I struck up a conversation with a Navajo pastor. Because I had worked with Navajos in Arizona some thirty five years ago, we mused about the differences between Navajo and white culture.   Whereas white folks […]

Pentecost: Spirit-Filled Faith

Pentecost: Spirit-filled Faith Acts 2:1-21 I Corinthians 4:1-13 A number of years ago, I concluded a seminary class on the Healings of Jesus with a service of anointing and laying on of hands. We began with a scripture and a time of silence and reflection similar to what we do at our own healing prayer […]

A Welcome for Seekers

Acts 17:16-34 When I taught at Central Michigan University over 30 years ago, I regularly encountered a bearded young man, who always stood on a hill overlooking the Humanities Building. Whenever students or faculty passed by, he vehemently, almost angrily, shouted, “Repent of your sins and come to Jesus. You’re all going to hell, unless […]

Abundant Life!

Abundant Life! May 11 John 10:1-10, Acts 2:42-47 “I have come that you might have life and have it abundantly.” That was one of Jesus’ two mission statements. The other is: “The Spirit of God is upon me, because God has appointed me to preach good news to the poor. God has sent me to […]

Let’s Go for a Walk – Third Sunday in Easter

Let’s Go for a Walk” Luke 24:13-35 Easter is about movement. Resurrection moved the cells as well as the soul of Jesus: in ways we cannot imagine the Crucified One came to life and shared the news of God’s everlasting love for each of us. God’s resurrecting energy empowered and inspired the frightened women and […]

Easter Festival Service: Practicing Resurrection

Easter Festival Service Practicing Resurrection John 20:1-18  He was her best friend, her companion, the one who delivered her from demonic darkness, the one whom she loved above all others.  She was a leader among his women followers, someone he trusted fully, and a voice of experience and wisdom.  She knew the darkness of life, […]

Good Friday Meditation “A Suffering God”

Good Friday Meditation “A Suffering God” German theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who spent his last days in a German concentration camp, asserted that only a suffering God can save. Surely his words come alive as we reflect on the meaning of Good Friday. Jesus, God’s beloved child, is abandoned, beaten, and crucified by those he sought […]

A Theological Triptych – Light Amid Darkness

A Theological Triptych: Meditations on Light amid Darkness A Sermon Preached by Rev. Dr. Bruce Epperly on March 30, 2014 Psalm 23 Ephesians 5:8-14 John 9:1-7   This morning we are embarking on something a little different: a theological triptych.  A triptych is a work of art in which paintings or etchings are displayed on […]