My Top Five Books of 2019 (Nathan Carr)

Thank God I still read because I want to read.  I’m sure it’s the best kind of pressure—the pressure to read, that is.  But if ‘positive’ peer pressure had its way, I fear I would drown in leadership books about how to accomplish more by doing less (or some such).  My own ideas for books on leadership 14 school-years later are closer to:  Launching a … Continue reading My Top Five Books of 2019 (Nathan Carr)

My Top Five Books of 2019 (Kyle Rapinchuk)

As usual, my reading plan looks very little like my actual reading list. Circumstances come along, questions get raised in class, I learn about new books being released, and I discover old treasures I had previously overlooked, and I inevitably start reading books not on my list, while relegating those on the list further down, to be read another day, and alas, another year. But … Continue reading My Top Five Books of 2019 (Kyle Rapinchuk)

Walking and Talking: A Resolution

A few months ago, I reviewed a book by Philip and Carol Zaleski entitled The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings1, which details the lives of four members of the famous group.  While numerous aspects of the book make it an interesting read, I was most struck by the Zaleskis’ attention to the depth of friendship that contributed to the creative and intellectual productivity … Continue reading Walking and Talking: A Resolution

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

Literature and Life: Wise Words from Mole

Two large bookstores with rooms and levels sprawling upwards and outwards pulled us in like magnets to metal on a recent trip to Oxford.  I’d like to say it was just my children begging for purchases, but my husband and I were equally enchanted.  My eyes and fingertips skimmed the covers of countless classics.  After all, we were walking the streets of literary history; Narnia, … Continue reading Literature and Life: Wise Words from Mole

Halfway: Moments That Sadden and Gladden

By Christine Norvell This time of year seems to both sadden me and lighten my heart. In the school year, I grow sad because I realize that my time of influence with my students is even shorter. Only months remain, not an entire school year. Yet I’m grateful for a two-week reprieve. Not seeing each other for a time does help us appreciate each other … Continue reading Halfway: Moments That Sadden and Gladden

“What’s a Casket?”

Guest Author, Jenny Solomon “What’s a casket?” Those four words clatter onto the dinner table like a dropped fork. You are a young boy asking a simple question. I pause to look you over—noticing the mouth those words come from. It’s a mixed-up assembly of full grown and babies. One of your loose teeth dangles, hanging on by a thread. The next bite of the … Continue reading “What’s a Casket?”

Illumination and The Mechanical Arts (St. Bonaventure, On the Reduction of the Arts to Theology, Part 7) 

Illumination and The Mechanical Arts (St. Bonaventure, On the Reduction of the Arts to Theology, Part 7)  Sections 11-14 In section 11, Bonaventure moves on from sense knowledge to show how divine wisdom likewise illumines the mechanical arts. Bonaventure compares the mechanical arts to sense knowledge because both deal with the generation and incarnation of the Word, the pattern of human life, and the union … Continue reading Illumination and The Mechanical Arts (St. Bonaventure, On the Reduction of the Arts to Theology, Part 7) 

How Do the Illuminations Lead to God? (St. Bonaventure, On the Reduction of the Arts to Theology, Part 6)

How Do the Illuminations Lead to God? (St. Bonaventure, On the Reduction of the Arts to Theology, Part 6) Sections 8-10 After asserting that all six illuminations find their source in the Light, Bonaventure continues in the next sections to explain “howthe other illuminations of knowledge are to be traced back to the light of sacred Scripture” (47). In sections 8-10, Bonaventure looks at how sense … Continue reading How Do the Illuminations Lead to God? (St. Bonaventure, On the Reduction of the Arts to Theology, Part 6)

Knowledge, Creation, and the Sacred Light of Scripture (St. Bonaventure, On the Reduction of the Arts to Theology, Part 5)

Knowledge, Creation, and the Sacred Light of Scripture (St. Bonaventure, On the Reduction of the Arts to Theology, Part 5) Sections 6-7 In sections six and seven, Bonaventure clarifies that although the “light coming down from above is fourfold,” there are nevertheless actually six differentiations of this light: sacred Scripture, sense perception, mechanical arts, rational philosophy, natural philosophy, and moral philosophy.[1]The significance of this revelation for … Continue reading Knowledge, Creation, and the Sacred Light of Scripture (St. Bonaventure, On the Reduction of the Arts to Theology, Part 5)

A Review of Adorning the Dark by Andrew Peterson

Adorning the Dark (A Review) By Kyle Rapinchuk I can’t recall the first time I heard the name Andrew Peterson. I’m pretty sure it was from my friends Rusty and Sara Osborne who were already huge fans of his music and fantasy books. It was some time later before I ever listened to one of his songs. I didn’t like it. (Sorry Andrew, if I … Continue reading A Review of Adorning the Dark by Andrew Peterson

The Superior Light of Scripture (St. Bonaventure, On the Reduction of the Arts to Theology, Part 4)

The Superior Light of Scripture (St. Bonaventure, On the Reduction of the Arts to Theology, Part 4)  One of the more helpful books I read last year on education was St. Bonaventure’s On the Reduction of the Arts to Theology. Over the course of the next couple months I hope to write a series of posts on this book. Each post will provide a brief … Continue reading The Superior Light of Scripture (St. Bonaventure, On the Reduction of the Arts to Theology, Part 4)