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Joshua Butcher Apr 24, 2015

Every cultivator looks forward to the fruits of his labor. Farmers plan, prepare, work, adjust, pray, and hope for a good harvest. Educators, likewise, are cultivators. But since the task of education is largely, if not predominantly, spiritual labor, there is often variance in what educators think they are bringing to fruition through their labor.

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CiRCE Staff Apr 23, 2015

The CiRCE Institute cordially invites you to a 4th of July Extravaganza Old-time Family Picnic! Join us for music, good food, old-timey kids games, kid-friendly fireworks, an old time softball game, a bonfire, and much more. 

When: July 4th, 2015 @ 3:30 pm

Where: Hardin Farm, 4501 Gold Hill Road, Concord NC, 28025

To RSVP click here.

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Joshua Gibbs Apr 23, 2015

One drink is just right, two is too many, three is too few.

- Old Irish proverb

I’ve tried everything to lose weight… I stopped just short of diet and exercise.

- Standup comic I saw years ago

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Joshua Gibbs Apr 21, 2015

Last week, I led a class of twenty-two sophomores to the Met in New York, and in the days which followed, I have returned often to this familiar teaching of St. Paul:

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.

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Lindsey Brigham Apr 17, 2015

This past week, an older friend of mine phoned for grammar help: an exegetical debate hinging on verb tense had arisen in the Bible study he leads for younger men. And, while my friend had prepared thoroughly in his usual way— by extensive reading in the theological library he’d amassed over around fifty years, now lining one wall of his den—a younger member of the study was pressing an objection with pages of articles printed from a Google search.

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Winston Brady Apr 14, 2015

The SAT, the test dreaded by many high school students as the three most significant hours of their lives, will change again in the spring of 2016. The essay adopted in 2006 will now be made optional, while College Board president David Coleman told NPR that these other new changes will assess students on “the learning [they] do over years each day,” rather than test-taking strategies that do not demonstrate viable intellectual abilities.

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Angelina Stanford Apr 13, 2015

Sometimes a book falls into your hands at exactly the right moment.

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David Kern Apr 8, 2015

There are some obvious choices, of course: The Hamlets and Beatrices and Falstaffs and Prosperos. And you wouldn't be wrong to choose any of these. But there are also many wonderful characters who are lesser known or are secondary characters. 

What about you, who is your favorite Shakespeare character? 

CiRCE Staff Apr 8, 2015

And then there were two. 

After four rounds of voting you have eliminated 30 of Shakespeare's plays leading to our final matchup: Hamlet vs Much Ado About Nothing

Make your pick. Vote in the final round now. 


Final Four results: 

Hamlet defeated King Lear with 74% of the vote. 

Much Ado About Nothing defeated Macbeth with 55% of the vote. 

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Andrew Kern Apr 8, 2015

A while back we hosted a conference called A Contemplation of Rest in which we asserted that a Christian education has to take place in a state, not of anxiety, but of rest. 

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