An Apology for Star Wars

(Spoiler warning: I will discuss aspects of the most recent Star Wars film as if my readers have seen it or simply don’t care if I ruin it, so if you wish to see the film and not know what happens before you go, stop reading, go see the movie, and come back and read this afterwards) I have undertaken to write an apology for … Continue reading An Apology for Star Wars

Top 5 Posts of 2017

2018 is almost upon us, and it would be sad to forget the best of 2017 on The Classical Thistle. Here are the top five posts from this past year.   What Scares Me About Classical Education In the most popular article of 2017, Josh Dyson describes the fear that grips him with passing on classical education to our children. Insightful and worth a read … Continue reading Top 5 Posts of 2017

The Promised King Has Come

Merry Christmas from The Classical Thistle! We pray that you will enjoy this season with your family and friends and remember that God has become flesh and that our Savior will come again. I wanted to share with you a Christmas poem that I performed for our church’s Christmas Eve services. The goal of the poem is to put the Christmas story in a whole … Continue reading The Promised King Has Come

What I Can’t Tolerate In A Student

My boss at School of the Ozarks is a big Lonesome Dove fan, so despite my admittedly poor knowledge of westerns, I have a good many lines of this movie memorized on account of their frequent usage around school. One of my favorites is a line by Woodrow Call after a particularly violent scene leaves some beat-up bad guys and a crowd of stunned villagers. … Continue reading What I Can’t Tolerate In A Student

Sabermetrics and Grades

I’m a huge baseball fan, having played the game from six years old through college and watched it all my life. During those years, one of the more interesting developments has been the rise of interest in sabermetrics, an innovative attempt at empirically analyzing in-game activities to measure success. For example, traditional statistics measured straightforward outcomes like batting average (hits divided by at-bats) and statistics … Continue reading Sabermetrics and Grades

Stop Loving People, Part 4

I have delayed in producing this wrap-up of my series “Stop Loving People”, but by provocation have been engendered to go ahead and write it. The provocation is actually three-fold. The first fold of the provocation was the seed planted, which the latter two folds of the provocation caused to germinate. That first instance occurred as I happened upon G.K. Chesterton’s Orthodoxy after years of … Continue reading Stop Loving People, Part 4

Film Review: Justice League

By Craig McElvain In a film era drowning in excessive style and bloated special FX, it seems unlikely that one of the billion superhero flicks currently playing would buck the trend, yet that is exactly what occurs in Zach Snyder’s franchise offering—Justice League. I must confess, I did not enter the film arena filled with optimism for a “message” film. In fact, I assumed another … Continue reading Film Review: Justice League