Brian Phillips

Dr. Brian Phillips is the Director of CiRCE Consulting & the Headmaster of the CiRCE Academy.  He also serves as a pastor in Concord, NC, where he lives with his wife and their four children.

Brian Phillips Feb 24, 2012

“Of all the animals, the boy is the most unmanageable.” - Plato

Brian Phillips Feb 17, 2012
I lay on my back, starring at the sky with my feet above me on the hill. My bike flew overhead - that much I knew - but where it landed was a mystery. The ditch crept up on me, as tends to happen on unfamiliar roads, while I was trying my best to keep up with my friend Michael. He knew the curve like the back of his hand, but I approached it way too fast and hit the embankment, flipped over my handlebars, and landed with a considerable thud.
Brian Phillips Feb 8, 2012
“Where my moon?” he asks, one hand raised slightly, palm up. His other hand grips a freeze pop wrapped in a paper towel that serves no purpose for a two-year-old boy. The syrup soaks his hands and face. “Keep looking, Ian.  Did you check higher up?” So far, his eyes have scanned only as high as the housetops, but he has been diligent in his moon-gazing for a while. On an almost daily basis, he looks for its arrival when the sun begins its descent.
Brian Phillips Feb 3, 2012
Every teacher that has twelfth grade students understands “senioritis” and its symptoms – lack of focus, daydreaming, poor attitudes, slackening work ethic. Of course, such symptoms could be said to describe all high school students at one time or another. True enough, but seniors tend to have them in heavier doses.  Growing restless, occupied with thoughts of college and life beyond high school, they just want to leave and move on, already.
Brian Phillips Jan 26, 2012
Over the last several weeks, my mind has swirled about with questions of community, conversation, and neighborliness.  I have posed questions to the CiRCE reader community: How do we remake the lost places of conversation?  What does it mean to be neighborly? What is real community?  I cannot say, for sure, if I have answered any of them.
Brian Phillips Jan 20, 2012

"It may be very difficult for modern people to imagine a world in which men are not generally admired for covetousness and crushing their neighbors; but I assure them that such strange patches of an earthly paradise do really remain on earth." – G.K. Chesterton

Brian Phillips Jan 13, 2012
Dr. Gary Greenberg has spent five years looking at sand. After combing through thousands of grains with acupuncture needles, Greenberg found the most magnificent specimens and, using a method of close-up photography he developed specifically for the tiny rocks, he captured these breathtaking pictures:
Brian Phillips Jan 6, 2012
Truly valuable questions are stubborn, refusing to leave your mind at peace with simple answers.  In some cases, even time will not make them go away. My mind has been occupied of late with questions of community and connectedness and they simply will not leave me alone.  What is real community?  What does it look like?  How could it be restored, once lost?  Others, of course, follow on their heels.
Brian Phillips Dec 30, 2011
Some believe the tradition of New Year's Resolutions goes back as far as the second century B.C.  Janus, a mythical king of Rome, stood at the head of the calendar with his two faces looking back on past events and forward to the future. King Janus eventually became the ancient symbol for resolutions. Some Romans looked for forgiveness from their enemies, exchanged gifts, and made commitments to better themselves before the New Year began.
Brian Phillips Dec 17, 2011
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