Bruce Epperly is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ and the author of over 20 books, including Philippians: A Participatory Study Guide. He regularly lectures, leads workshops and retreats, and gives reiki trainings throughout the United States and Canada.
A graduate of Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California, in 1980, Bruce has served as a faculty member at Central Michigan University, Georgetown University, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Wesley Theological Seminary, and Lancaster Theological Seminary. He also served as Senior Protestant Chaplain at Georgetown University. Currently, Bruce is the Visiting Professor of Process Studies at Claremont School of Theology.
Dr. Epperly lives in Centreville, MD with his wife and life partner, Kate, and is the parent of Matt Epperly and the grandparent of two young children.
Author Elgin Hushbeck, Jr. maintains that social justice is not justice. When we pursue social justice, it is at the expense of true justice and in its pursuit of equality, social justice threatens liberty. It is a case of setting contradictory and incompatible goals. Hushbeck examines our current pursuit of social justice and how it has failed, while looking also at the scriptures we use in that pursuit and how we have misunderstood them.
While we should care about our neighbors and find ways to ease the plight of the poor, social justice’s emphasis on redistribution is not only often unjust but it actually makes things worse.
His prescription? Pursue justice and liberty without any adjectives.
It has been said that theology begins in the experience of suffering. At the very least, debilitating suffering challenges our images of success and security, and invites us on a quest for something solid and dependable when the foundations of our lives are shaking. The book of Job emerges from one person’s unexpected encounter with suffering. Job seeks God’s presence, and to find a God he can trust again, he must jettison his previous images of God. – Bruce Epperly
Bruce Epperly doesn't agree with that perspective. Not only does he think James has something important to say about the way we live as 21st century Christians, just as it did for 1st century Christians, but he also doesn't think James is in opposition to Paul. He suspects the two apostles would have had no difficulty with each other's theology.
In this third volume of the Topical Line Drives series, he aims to direct readers to the important message of this little book for contemporary Christians. He provides a fresh orientation and focus to understanding the message. Once you've read his thoughts you'll likely never read James in the same way again. Certainly, you won't dismiss it.
With one foot in the world of theological reflection and the other in the untidy nature of daily life and of spirituality in action, Dr. Bruce Epperly embraces hope while recognizing fear, adventure even in lives touched by regret, and confidence in the face of uncertainty to help us explore the possibilities a loving God has placed before us. We can grieve our loss while looking forward with joy. We can acknowledge what we don't know, while expecting more than we are able to imagine.
If you've ever wondered what happens next, this is the book for you.
Ruth and Esther have much to teach us about God's plan for our lives. Through these few biblical pages we can learn much about faithfulness to God's call in our lives and how to navigate rough roads in following that call. God's guidance is often much less obvious than a spotlight . In Ruth and Esther, we can see the strength of ongoing prayer and how guidance may be verbalized from fellow pilgrims on this life journey.