Praxis

Karl Marx: “The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it.”  (11th Thesis on Feuerbach, and the epitaph on Marx's grave)

Ludwig Wittgenstein: “What is the use of studying philosophy if all that it does for you is to enable you to talk with some plausibility about some abstruse questions of logic, etc., & if it does not improve your thinking about the important questions of everyday life?”  (Letter to Norman Malcolm, November 16, 1944)

Op-Ed Pieces

Sermons

  • Leaving Our Comfort Zones,” Sermon at Asbury United Methodist Church, September 24, 2000. (Given on Rally Day--the start of Sunday School in the fall)
  • The Gift of Our Imperfections,” Sermon at Asbury United Methodist Church, April 22, 2001.  
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.: Whitewashed?” Sermon at Asbury United Methodist Church, February 3, 2002.  (Given as part of Black History Month, and not long before the US invasion of Afghanistan and then Iraq.) 
  • Turning Wine into Water,” Sermon at Asbury United Methodist Church, August 18, 2002.
  • 40 Days, 40 Years, 40 Acres (and a mule),” Sermon at Asbury United Methodist Church, March 30, 2003.  (Given during Lent)
  • Conflict and Mediation,” Sermon at Asbury United Methodist Church, January 29, 2006.  (I was certified by the Virginia Supremem Court as a mediator for Juvenile and Domestic cases in 2002.  I mediated a number of cases over several years.  These are my reflections on spirituality and being a mediator.  This was later given at other locations in the NRV as well.)
  • While We Run This Race,” Sermon at Asbury United Methodist Church, March 29, 2009.  (My reflections on spirituality and running a marathon.)
  • Coming Home,” Sermon at Richfield United Church of Christ, June 27, 2010.  (Originally given near the town where I grew up.)  I had an opportunity to give this sermon again at Asbury United Methodist Church, November 15, 2015 on Lay Sunday.   Here is a video recording of that occasion:
  • Confessing the Blues,” Sermon at Asbury United Methodist Church, October 21, 2012.  (My reflections on spirituality and my love for the blues)
  • The Last Seven Words of Christ: Two,” Meditation on Good Friday at Asbury United Methodist Church, April 18, 2014.  
  • Blessings of the Father,” Sermon at Asbury United Methodist Church, June 19, 2016.  (Given on Father's Day.  I had previously given an earlier version of the sermon from notes on Father's Day, June 15, 2003, with my son Nick as the liturgist, just after he had graduated from high school.  On this occasion in 2016, the sermon was given just a week after the Orlando massacre at the gay nightclub.)