Here are a few things I have written recently for a broad
audience. I hope you enjoy them. If you have comments, do send me
email and tell them to me.
- A Vision for St. Olaf College
This was a chapel talk I gave recently. I hope it will prove a
stimulus to discussion about what we, as a college of the
church might be doing.
- On being faithful. Another chapel
talk I gave recently. Bad work is rarely evidence that we are
being faithful to our calling. But then, good work isn't either.
The frantic performance of good work does not guarantee
faithfulness, though it often substitutes for it. The difficulty
is telling what good work you really need to do.
- Anger, despair, and praying the
psalms. A chapel talk I gave on September 12, 2001, the day
after the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were attacked.
- Confessions of a
I wrote this after a good friend of mine was denied tenure (at
another school) because too many of his publications were jointly
authored with eminent people in the field.
- Still Life
This was a response to a hike in the Cascade mountains shortly
after I heard my first marriage was going to end.
- Social Impact Statements in Software
Design: A thought piece on a process for analyzing the social
and ethical issues in software design.
- My Fall, 1998 Mellby lecture. Two
times a year, the Melby lecture is given by a faculty member at
St. Olaf College to encourage interdisciplinary interaction.
- A talk I gave in March 2001 on Gordon
Allport and his significance for current psychology.
- Some poetry