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As this year’s chairperson of the Faculty Council, I am privileged to open our first employee meeting with a reading from Scripture and a prayer. This year, our academic year begins one week after the horrific display of racism and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. That event prompted my reflection on the following text. Colossians 3:1-15 So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.


Holy God,

In my haste to be heard,
give me the strength
to slow down,
think carefully,
and measure
my words.

Some words are poisonous fruit,
and others are seeds of grace.

Help me to sow
according to your will.



I combined all of my Emacs configuration files into one Org-mode file with 3,003 lines of code and comments. You can see it here, for all it’s worth.


God of Love,

When I see a stranger,
do you see a beloved child?

When I see an enemy,
do you see a friend?

May I see what is,
and not what I fear might be.

Even more,
may I see what could be,
if I were to give even a fraction
of the grace that I have received.



It’s been longer than usual since I made a redesign of the web site. Jekyll had been serving my purposes well, but I managed to concoct two excuses for changing. I’ve been slightly uncomfortable with handling the various dependencies with respect to other Ruby gems. Unsurprisingly, as the site got bigger and bigger, the time that Jekyll took to build the site has gotten longer and longer. The real reason for the redesign, though, is that I just like the chance to learn and work with something new.


Recent & Upcoming Talks


Abandoning Jubilee — The Structural Causes of Poverty

The Jubilee law of Leviticus 25 is a radical economic plan which requires a leveling of real assets every fifty years, thus providing an economic structure that regularly dissolves large economic inequalities. It is impossible to follow the letter of the Jubilee law in a modern non-agrarian economy, but this should not free us from the responsibility of adhering to the spirit of the law. A survey of social structures in the United States reveals an economy that is contrary to the spirit of Jubilee, one that not only makes inequalities possible, but makes escaping from poverty nearly impossible.


I teach the following courses at Oklahoma Baptist University

  • PHIL 1043: Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL 1502: Critical Thinking
  • PHIL 2143: History of Modern Philosophy
  • PHIL 2343: History of Ancient Philosophy
  • PHIL 2353: History of Medieval Philosophy
  • PHIL 2504: History of American Philosophy
  • PHIL 3313: Political Philosophy
  • PHIL 3703: Aesthetics
  • PHIL 4563: Philosophy of Language
  • PHIL 4693: Metaphysics
  • PHIL 4663: Existentialism