Joshua Gibbs Apr 8, 2022

Tom: It is not enough to punish crimes like theft. You have to look at the underlying causes of theft. You have to ask why people steal. Figuring out why people steal can help prevent theft in the future.  

Harry: And why do people steal?

Tom: Studies show one of the biggest underlying causes of theft is poverty.

Harry: And what is the underlying cause of poverty?

Tom: Often enough, it’s racism.

Harry: And what is the underlying cause of racism?

Tom: Well, racism is simply evil.

Joshua Gibbs Apr 6, 2022

In the last several years, agrarian metaphors (cultivating, nurturing) have come to dominate the way classical schools describe themselves. However, we have become entirely too dependent on the agrarian metaphor, which is helpful but insufficient by itself to provide a complete picture of a classical education.

Joshua Gibbs Mar 30, 2022

John Calvin once said the human heart was “a perpetual factory of idols.” Similarly, the typical modern institution is a perpetual factory of clichés. A cliché is an idea which once had power but has become impotent and meaningless through overuse. Classical Christian education is presently filled with clichés, but so is every movement. We need not despair, but we do need to repent.   

John Wilson Mar 28, 2022

Fiction, memoir, biography, history, essay-collections, reportage, science, philosophy, theology, writing that takes off from movies and music and art and more: which branch is most inadequately assessed in our public book-talk, in reviews and podcasts, on Twitter and elsewhere? I would say history, hands down. But what do you get when you read a typical review of a work of history? Mostly a summary of the subject at hand.

Joshua Gibbs Mar 23, 2022

The mitochondria is having a moment.

No, you read that right. The mitochondria.

Rachel Woodham Mar 17, 2022

This Lent began more or less as usual: piling pajamaed children into the pew on Wednesday evening for the imposition of ashes. Like every year, one child rolled on the floor under the pew while another needed to use the bathroom during the prayers. A third suffered greatly after refusing to wear a coat. After the service ended, instead of processing out in worshipful silence, I remained in the pew, gathering the impressive amount of crayon and paper shrapnel that we were able to generate in a little over an hour.

Matthew Breazeale Mar 11, 2022

I enjoy college football. It makes no sense – I did not play football growing up. Actually, in high school, I thought the RB in football meant right back, not running back. I remember watching us lose our homecoming game by 70+ points. So how did I come to love college football? I know exactly where and when: my freshman year, at a non-football school, I attended an evening football game where my college upset a top 5 team in the country on a last second field goal.

Zach Sherman Mar 7, 2022

After a healthy summer break, a teacher who in May contemplated quitting teaching forever, can walk back into the classroom on the first day of Back to School Week with a genuine smile. A feeling of rest permeates the first day of teacher training, which is often filled with enthusiasm and excited chatter. People are relaxed and focused. 

Joshua Gibbs Mar 6, 2022

In a Target parking lot…

Gibbs: Excuse me, sir. I know you have shopping to do, but I was wondering if we could speak for a moment.

Driver: About what?

Gibbs: About your bumper sticker.

Driver: Which one?

Gibbs: The one that says in very large letters, “My children receive a classical Christian education.”

Driver: What about it?

Gibbs: I should tell you now that I followed you a little ways because I wanted to ask you about it.

Driver: Yes?

Joshua Gibbs Mar 4, 2022

Parent: Do you know anything about movies?

Gibbs: Not much. How come?

Parent: Well, my son wants to see this new Batman movie and I don’t know how I feel about it.

Gibbs. How old is your son?

Parent: He’s fourteen. The movie is PG-13, and I often let him see films with that rating, but I’ve seen the trailer for this film, and it looks quite dark.

Gibbs: Agreed. It does look quite dark. What’s the debate in your mind?