Joshua Gibbs Jul 15, 2022

I am at the CiRCE national conference at the moment and have heard a good on the matter of worlds over the last two days. What follows is nothing more than a brief catalogue of ways in which worlds are spoken of. 

“This world”: The word as existential reality; everything this side of the Resurrection and return of Christ; icon of ephemerality.

“The world”: That thing which is contrary to God and attempts to exclude God; “I have overcome the world”

“The real world”: A particular plane of reality; see also “the adult world” or “the teenage world”

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Joshua Gibbs Jul 5, 2022

For years, when teaching medieval history, I created imaginary scenarios and hypothetical situations for my students to help them understand what it felt like for the common man to merely "stand on the ground" in the year 325 AD. These imaginary scenarios coalesced into "Blasphemers," a short story I wrote for my students so they could better understand the legalization of Christianity, the ancient Christian sense of piety, and the thin veil that separated earth and heaven in the medieval mind (but also in my mind).

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Joshua Gibbs Jun 28, 2022

A few years ago I wrote an article arguing that fidget spinners had no place in the classroom. It was a popular article, but the cost of writing a popular article is a few strongly negative responses. One blogger insisted that my hatred of fidget spinners was an attack on students with learning disabilities because—at the time—it was believed that giving distracting toys to such students would help them pay attention.

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Henry Olearcek Jun 21, 2022

“And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good.” Genesis 1:3-4

 

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Joshua Gibbs Jun 20, 2022

Classical Christian schools overhaul their writing programs around every three to four years. This means there is a good chance your school is overhauling their writing program this summer. Before you make any new curriculum purchases or draft new writing requirements for teachers to follow, allow me to humbly suggest you talk through the following writing program discussion guide.

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Sara Osborne Jun 7, 2022

 On a recent Sunday morning drive, my seven-year-old piped up from the backseat: “Mom, do you think I could get a pet monkey?” Smiling at my fourth child, and now somewhat unphased by these types of questions, I responded: “Why do you want to get a pet monkey?” Ready to fire off his answer, my son responded, “Because I really, really, really love monkeys. I think I might ask God to give me a monkey as a pet.” 
 

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Joshua Gibbs Jun 3, 2022

I recently delivered this short talk to the elementary school teachers at Veritas School in Richmond.

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Joshua Gibbs May 30, 2022

Zeitgeist was originally published in Blasphemers.

SCENE ONE

(A sparsely set stage. On stage left, a dresser. In the middle of the stage, a bed. A suitcase on the bed. PHILLIP moves back and forth between the dresser and the suitcase, packing his clothes. MARTHA enters the room from stage right.)

MARTHA: (calmly, soberly) Where will you go?

PHILLIP: East. To the mountains.

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Jessica Meek May 27, 2022

Take heart, parents. You are taking part in a local, national, global effort to raise up the next generation. Will it be a caring, thoughtful, virtuous people? We can only hope. 

Actually, no—we can do so much more than hope. For you are parents. These squiggling spirits woven into flesh that flare up in zealous passion at times, at times quiver with noisome terseness—these are our future, our future in your hands. 

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Joshua Gibbs May 25, 2022

Can a group project be valuable and productive? Of course. Are most group projects valuable and productive? Hardly.

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