Being ‘Good’ Doesn’t Fix Racism

This was published in the Winter 2021 (vol16 no1) issue of Plumb Line, the Elizabethtown College Peace Fellowship Newsletter (p 2-3) under the title "Being 'Good' Doesn't Fix Racism: Why Confronting Racism is Especially Hard for White People." Recently I had the good...

Rockway Mennonite Church Sermon — October 4th, 2020

The following was presented as a shared reflection by my spouse, Susan, and myself in the online service for Rockway Mennonite Church (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada) on October 4th, 2020. The sermon references two readings: Daniel 5:1-12,22-30 and these words from...

LTS Chapel Sermon — March 27th, 2019

The following was presented as a reflection on March 27th at the Lancaster Theological Seminary Wednesday Chapel service at 11AM. When I first looked at the preaching schedule, and saw my name by this passage, I said to myself, “Oh, there’s been a huge mistake –...

Historic Salem UCC — April 8th, 2018

The following was presented as a reflection on November 6th at the Historic Salem UCC 10:15AM service. I did not truly know what exhaustion was until I entered my second year of seminary. The academic schedule is grueling: six to seven hours of class-time every week,...

CMCL Sermon — October 15th, 2017

The following was presented as a reflection on November 6th at the Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster 9:30AM service. Today’s lectionary reading is Exodus 32, verses 1 through 14 – the very beginning of the story, basically up to where Moses manages to convince...

UUCV Sermon — May 28th, 2017

The following was presented as a reflection on May 28th at the Unitarian Universalists of Cumberland Valley 10:30AM service. "Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?" "That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat. "I don’t...

CMCL Sermon — November 6th, 2016

The following was presented as a reflection on November 6th at the Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster 8:30AM and 11:00AM services. For those of you who don’t know, I’m currently attending Lancaster Theological Seminary, pursuing a Masters of Divinity. From what I...

CMCL Sermon — August 23rd, 2015

The following was presented as a reflection on August 23rd at the Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster 9:30AM service. The first church I attended regularly was, at least initially, because of Susan. “Insistence” may be a bit strong of a word, but what she extended...

Quick Update

I apologize for missing two weeks of updates in a row; the first week was supposed to be an article on moons (see the next bullet point), but I ran out of time. This Wednesday was April 1st, and I didn't have a good idea for a joke post until late Wednesday afternoon....

Why Time Travel Kills Free Will (Part 5)

Why A Working Time Travel Machine Implies That There's No Such Thing As Free Will Part 1: Waves and Superposition Part 2: Basic Quantum Mechanics: Young's Double Slit Experiment Part 3: Basic Quantum Mechanics: The Structure of Hydrogen Part 4: Spacetime and Wormholes...

Why Time Travel Kills Free Will (Part 4)

Why A Working Time Travel Machine Implies That There's No Such Thing As Free Will Part 1: Waves and Superposition Part 2: Basic Quantum Mechanics: Young's Double Slit Experiment Part 3: Basic Quantum Mechanics: The Structure of Hydrogen Part 4: Spacetime and Wormholes...

Why Time Travel Kills Free Will (Part 3)

Why A Working Time Travel Machine Implies That There's No Such Thing As Free Will Part 1: Waves and Superposition Part 2: Basic Quantum Mechanics: Young's Double Slit Experiment Part 3: Basic Quantum Mechanics: The Structure of Hydrogen Part 4: Spacetime and Wormholes...