The first I heard of the potential of someone carrying around a letter from their employer stating that they are “Essential” to the operation of their organization, I thought to myself, “Well, aren’t they special?” Over the past number of weeks, due to COVID-19, companies and organizations have sought to justify their operation (and potential existence) as being “Essential” to the operation of society. From … Continue reading Are you an “Essential Worker”?
Like pallbearers they each took a corner of the mat upon which I lay. Into the nave of the chapel the liturgists of the church triumphant bore me, beckoning me: “Say these words… See this symbol… Receive these blessings… Eat this bread… Drink this wine.” Another typical Sunday in which I am escorted into the presence of the One who is the Resurrection and the Life. There at His bidding, by … Continue reading Classical Christian Education is for the Weak
My son received a Rubik’s Cube this last Christmas, but it wasn’t the first one he had received. We had given him one the year before, but it ended up slipping through a worm hole shortly thereafter. This year a second cube appeared around Christmas (whether it be a new one or the old one re-emerging from the alternate dimension, I cannot say for certain). … Continue reading What a Rubik’s Cube Taught Me About Teaching
I’m going to keep this short and sweet. 2018 was a great year for me and my family. We experienced lots of change, but God has been faithful through it all. The Symposium– Plato I don’t recommend this book exactly. There are disturbing themes throughout it. But for those who dare, Plato’s Socrates enters into the world of the erotic and he emerges with a view of … Continue reading My Top 5 Books of 2018 (Josh Dyson)
As leaders in our schools, it is no secret that not one of us is perfect. We all have our weaknesses. We all have our strengths. It is imperative that we are keenly aware which is which. This is true for a number of reasons, including our own development, how we structure our support team, what tendencies we must be aware of ourselves, and perhaps … Continue reading Gratitude: Feeling It Isn’t Enough
“O race of men, born to fly heavenward, how can a breath of wind make you fall back?” The Divine Comedy: Purgatorio Canto XII, lines 95-96 In his Confessions, Augustine reflects upon the disorder of his love, manifested through his intense lust. He had said to the Lord in the midst of his lust, “‘Grant me chastity and continence, but not yet.’ I was afraid … Continue reading Lust—The Second Circle of Hell
“Numbers have no beginning or end. Numbers are kind of like God. I just realized that.” From the mouth of babes. These are the words that make a classical-educator-dad proud. This is what my 2nd grade son tells me on the way to school the other day. A couple minutes later, he spouts off another timeless question: “Numbers greater than zero are positive. Numbers less … Continue reading 2nd Grade Wonder
By Josh Dyson The subtitle from the ESV editors for Psalm 78 is “Tell the Coming Generation”. In a handwritten note to the side, I have labeled it simply “Education”. Perhaps John Milton Gregory could have based his famous (at least in the CCE world) book, The Seven Laws of Teaching upon this chapter. Maybe he would have written it something like this: 1st Law—Law … Continue reading Psalm 78
“O race of men, born to fly heavenward, how can a breath of wind make you fall back?” The Divine Comedy: Purgatorio Canto XII, lines 95-96 The above lines reiterate the oft-repeated and self-incriminating truth that the heart of man is corrupt, quickly returning to the entanglements of sin (Heb. 12.1). The greatest enemies of man are the sin planted deep in their hearts (Jer. … Continue reading The Adulteress: Guarding Your Students From Her Destruction
It’s common knowledge that what we know of as comedy today is derived from the works of the ancient comic playwright, Aristophanes… Ok, perhaps it’s not common knowledge… Anyway, what we know of as comedy today is derived from the works of the ancient comic playwright, Aristophanes. A contemporary of Socrates (and partially to blame for Socrates’ execution), Aristophanes blazed the trail for the … Continue reading The Comic Christ—Our Audacity of Hope
Fracture. When has the word “fracture” been used in a way that we might call a “positive usage”? Indeed, it seems impossible to think of a circumstance in which we refer to something that has been “fractured” as a good thing. Even the word “shattered” can be conceived of in a positive context—as in a pot is shattered by the potter, so that it might … Continue reading FOR US AND FOR OUR SALVATION: INCARNATIONAL CONTEXTUALIZATION
How can we do justice to the Love of Christ? What words can describe the simplicity, the power, the magnanimity of the One True Love? Is His love of the mind only? Certainly not! Is his love thumatic alone? By no means! The Love of Christ subsumes the Mind and the Heart! But what of our appetite? Will our appetite for Christ endure forever or … Continue reading Oh to Christ, the Eternal Eros!