David Kern

David is director of our multimedia initiatives (podcast host, web-content manager, magazine editor, etc). He often writes about film, television, books, and other culture-related topics, and has been published by Christ and Pop Culture, Think Christian, Relevant, and elsewhere.  David and his wife, Bethany, have three young boys and they live in Concord, NC. 

David Kern Feb 12, 2018

Have you ever googled “quotes on writing?” If so, you probably came away from your search wondering why anyone would choose to be a writer. Consider what Hemingway said: “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” Or Robert Frost: “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” Or Thomas Mann: “A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.”

David Kern Feb 8, 2018

We often get asked about the best books on education. So I asked around the office a bit. Here's what some of the folks on our team had to say. 


David Kern Nov 27, 2017

Reading is a complicated activity. Sometimes we do it for edification, other times for pleasure, sometimes simply to fulfill an assignment. Sometimes a combination of all three. Some of us mark up our books; others long for the pristine unmarked pages of a brand new edition. Some of us take pride in our personal libraries and are perpetual collectors, while others among us haunt public libraries until the locals know us by name. Some of us read quickly and move from book to book rapidly, while others go slow and steady.

David Kern Oct 31, 2017

500 years ago today Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of Castle Church in Wittenburg, thus setting in motion one of the most important religious revolutions in history: the Protestant Reformation. Sure, it's debatable whether this date actually kicked-off the Reformation, but it's certainly the date that has most captured the imagination of Christians since. It's the date on which we remember what happened, and why, and what became of it. So with that in mind we asked a few friends (Dr. Peter Leithart, George Grant, Brett McCracken, Dr.

David Kern Aug 25, 2017

Earlier this month we shared some reflections from teachers we trust on the habits that every great teacher displays. Now we want to flip that around, so we asked around to find out about the habits that every great student displays. Here's what we found out. 


David Kern Aug 7, 2017

As the new school year encroaches upon the last, lingering days of summer, it's easy to be overwhelmed at the prospect of new lesson plans and new students, at long days and assessments galore. It's easy to get bogged down in the minutia of planning to teach, thus losing sight of the big picture. So to help us focus, I asked some of our expert-teacher friends what habits all great teachers display. Here's what they said:  

David Kern Mar 15, 2017

For part one of this dialogue please click here. This is part two. It’s been edited slightly for clarity and length. 

David Kern Mar 13, 2017

According to Rod Dreher an end is nigh. A flood is coming in the form of a new secular Dark Age,  “There are people alive today,” he writes in his new book, The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation, “who may live to see the effective death of Christianity within our civilization.”  

David Kern Mar 6, 2017

It's March, which means it's time for March Madness, which means it's time for a new CiRCE literature bracket! This year, we've pitted some of the greatest examples of children's literature up against each other. Thirty-two great children's books, five rounds, all leading to one champion. Or at least one most-favorite book? Either way, there's some hard choices ahead. Best to gear up. 

You can vote here. 

David Kern Jan 4, 2017

In 2016 we created more content than ever before. We recorded more podcasts, wrote more articles, and conducted more interviews than ever. And that's thanks to you, because we had more readers than ever, too. What's that they say about wind beneath wings, and such? 

The following is a sampling of the posts you read the most this past year, but it's safe to say we learned a few things about our audience: you care about the role of pop culture in your homes and schools; you're concerned about college; and you really, really like Jane Austen.