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!
Those who read well, think well. Thus they write well and speak well. In speaking of how Jane Austen based all her writings upon Aristotle’s Ethics, Dr. Warren Gage said, “These people who wrote well, read well.” When it comes down to it, all men are made in the Image of God. Even the most depraved of men have semblances of God’s order in them, … Continue reading The Fullness of Time
In The Voyage of the Dawn Treader there is a scene in which Caspian is determined to go to the world’s end, but the others are trying to reason with him that it is not proper for him to go, for he must return to Narnia to rule justly over his people. Edmund makes the suggestion that they tie and bind Caspian to force him … Continue reading Universal Sirens (Tread the Dawn Series)
Recently, my neighbor (a dietician by trade and wonderful friend, mother, and wife by occupation) shared an article entitled “A Day in the Life of 5 Intuitive Eaters”. It’s a pretty neat article that illustrates a concept that is rather new to me but seems to make a lot of sense. The concept is, as the title indicates, eating intuitively rather than according to strict … Continue reading The Whole30: How It Relates to Friendship, Lent, and Education
Why is it so difficult to rank the top books of the year? First, I have to remember which books I actually read this last year. In reflecting on the question, I realized that some books that I thought I had just read, I actually read in 2015 or 2016. How time flies! Second, upon what basis are they being ranked? Are they being ranked … Continue reading My Top 5 Books of 2017 (Josh Dyson)
This article is the sixth installment of a series entitled Stop Loving People by Josh Dyson. Part 6 continues from the last article posted here. Solution #5: Adopt an Apocalyptic view of your people (persons) Now before your mind starts racing ahead to envisioning your “naughty students” and “heathen coworkers” being trampled upon under the hooves of the Four Horsemen, consider what James K. A. Smith … Continue reading Stop Loving People, Part 6
This article is the fifth installment of a series entitled Stop Loving People by Josh Dyson. Part 5 continues from the last article posted here. Solution #2: Word and Sacrament Hebrews 10.24-25 says, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more … Continue reading Stop Loving People, Part 5
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
In his Confessions Augustine recounts his early education, an education which many of us would be proud to impart to our own children. From a young age he was steeped in the Greek tragedies, Roman histories, and classical languages of Greek and Latin. Yet as he reflects upon these matters he expresses deep sorrow over how his heart was led astray by his own carnal lusts … Continue reading What Scares Me About Classical Education
“…are you not ashamed that you care for having as much money as possible, and reputation, and honor, but that you neither care for nor give thought to prudence, and trust, and how your soul will be the best possible?”The above question is what Socrates asks of the jury of his peers as they are about to sentence him to death. Is this question not … Continue reading This Democracy Will Self-Destruct in 5, 4, 3…
It might go without saying, but I’m going to say it anyway to make sure we are all on the same page—modern American education is based upon a progressive worldview. This model of education is used almost wholesale in the Government (aka “Public”) schools and appears to be the most prevalent model in private (even Christian private) schools. One important difference in the educational approach … Continue reading Virtue-Free Education—Long Live the Democracy!