On Passing Judgment

One of last week’s lectionary texts was Romans 14:1-12. Why do you pass judgment on your brother or sister? Or you, why do you despise your brother or sister? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. (Rom. 14:10, NRSV) God of Grace, In belittling others, I am made small. By doubting their faith, I cheapen my own. In my haste to judge, I am the one condemned.

Be the Body of Christ

We are the Body of Christ.

He cannot go where
we refuse to tread,
speak what we
refuse to say,
or share what
we refuse to give.

May we be the
instruments of
his love and grace.


A Prayer for My Failing Faith

God of Hope, I claim to be person of faith, yet live as a person of fear. I build walls, because I fear the stranger; Hold on to the present, because I fear the future. And make my own plans, because I do not trust yours. What a fool to think that what I do out of fear could ever be better than what you do out of love. Thanks be to God,

A New School Year

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.

Prayer for Graceful Words

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.


Emacs Config

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.

Prayer to See What Could Be

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.


Moving to Hugo

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.

Fall 2017 Textbooks

Here are the textbooks for my Fall 2017 courses: Introduction to Philosophy Adler, Jonathan E., and Catherine Z. Elgin. 2007. Philosophical Inquiry: Classic and Contemporary Readings. Indianapolis, IN: Hackett Publishing. Critical Thinking None required to purchase. History of Ancient Philosophy Reeve, C. D. C., and Patrick L. Miller. 2006. Introductory Readings in Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy. Indianapolis, IN: Hackett Pub. Co. Shields, Christopher. 2011. Ancient Philosophy: A Contemporary Introduction.

Making Beautiful Things

Yesterday’s worship at NorthHaven Church was planned and led by Autumn Lockett, Josh Lockett, and Chris Canary. I was particularly struck by the words of one of the songs: “You make beautiful things out of the dust… You make beautiful things out of us.” Those words were exemplified later when the members of the congregation gathered to each put fingerprint leaves on Josh Lockett’s sketch of a tree, fingerprints from the young and the old, from those who have been in the community for years, and from those who have been there for only months.