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This is the site of Mark Schaefer, attorney, author, educator, pastor, language scholar, and wordsmith. This site contains content from Mark’s writings, sermons, articles, and other material.


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Delivering the Commonwealth

Read Mark’s forthcoming science fiction novel Delivering the Commonwealth in serialized form here on the site. You can even subscribe for updates on new chapters!


Books

Learn more about Mark’s books:

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Delivering the Commonwealth

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The Good News According to Mark: Translation & Commentary

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The Certainty of Uncertainty: The Way of Inescapable Doubt and Its Virtue

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Religious, Not Spiritual: Toward a Christian Faith that Matters

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Articles

Read some of Mark’s academic papers and articles on language and religion.

To read or download a copy of any of the articles, visit the Articles page.


Sites

Visit some of Mark’s other sites:

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Writing, Editing, and Translation Services

Schaefer Wordsmithing

Good writing is more important than ever. At a time when texting, social media, and other informal forms have risen to prominence, good writing can help you stand out. If you need help with your writing—whether simple proofreading or in-depth editing—I can help. I also offer translation services from and into English for a number of languages.


Mark’s 2018 book, a reflection on the unavoidable nature of uncertainty and why embracing uncertainty and doubt are vital for a healthy faith and meaningful life.


Mark’s long-running blog of sermons, theological reflections, and occasional linguistic musings.


A site to record and celebrate the creativity of human language by allowing visitors to submit sentences they believe have never been uttered before.


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Creative writing project

The Lands Under the Sun

An attempt to create the world’s first (or at least best) crowd-sourced fantasy epic. Members of the site can help to develop the world or write stories that take place in this world.


Recent Posts

  • Six: The Address
    Those of us who have pledged our lives to the fleet know the risks that come with such a commitment; the dangers of space travel and the challenges of providing security to our systems are full of perils. Every tour might be our last. These are the risks we sign up for. Even those of us on this expedition who are from the civilian world knew that this voyage might be a one-way trip. But no one is prepared to face the threats that lurk in the human heart–the fear, the hopelessness, the dread that can make rational people lose all sense of perspective and cause them to collapse inward, often dragging others with them.
  • Padding
    Everyone does it. Everyone pads their CV. Just a few insignificant details to flesh out the “skills” section. No one expects to be called on to use them. Not really. I suppose I’ve learned my lesson. If I get out of this—which is highly doubtful—the first place I’m going is to my laptop to edit
  • Five: The Break
    Patel-Smith looked around the table before continuing. “We were all just talking about it before you got here. Everyone is stressed out. Mariam was saying how she was surprised that someone hadn’t snapped already. I was saying that the ship felt like a powder keg.”
  • Four: The Void
    But here, we’d downjump and there would be nothing. No waiting beacon to align our ship’s chronometers. No background radio chatter. No ships waiting to jump out. Nothing. Just the void. 
  • Three: The Deliverance
    “For the last 400 years, no League starship has ventured beyond the boundaries of these three systems. Our mission and that of the Brunswick, which will be traveling with us, is to travel back to the last known boundaries of the Commonwealth and make contact as quickly as possible with any authority present. This will not be an easy task.”
  • Two: Basic Training
    Personally, I always found those sequences in the vid tedious and just wanted them to get to the part where all the shooting would be.

Featured Posts

Below are some highlights from some of Mark’s writing on this site and elsewhere.