Andrew Kern Jan 17, 2008
Without understanding an idea, we cannot have discretion. Unless we contemplate an idea we cannt understand it. We contemplate ideas when we see them embodied in paintings, music, stories, lessons, etc. The structure of a lesson is itself the structure of the idea taught.
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Andrew Kern Jan 17, 2008
The driving impulse of the CiRCE Institute is to figure out what Christian classical education is and to learn how to apply in it ever more complete, authentic, and integrated ways. In my studies and reflection, one astonishing thing has become astonishingly clear to me.
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Andrew Kern Jan 14, 2008
"There are some fans who like their team. There are some fans who love their team. And then there are the Packer fans."  Peter King SI 1-14-8
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Andrew Kern Jan 7, 2008
January 6th was the last day of the 12 days of Christmas, and last night was, therefore, the twelfth night. In the traditional Christmas calendar, January 6th is Epiphany or Theophany. In fact, for the first few centuries and in some places to this day Epiphany is treated as the more important "Christmas" event.
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Andrew Kern Jan 5, 2008

When God created the world, He did it by speaking. When He created man, He made him in His own image, giving him, among many other gifts, the ability to speak, listen, and communicate.

 

When the serpent wanted to corrupt the world, he did it by speaking, or rather, by corrupting speaking. “Did not God say,” he said.

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Andrew Kern Jan 4, 2008

Ideas embodied for students

Ideas contemplated by students

Ideas understood by students

Ideas expressed by students

Ideas applied by students

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Andrew Kern Jan 4, 2008
I recently read this temperamental statement:  "We now have a culture of fools so desperate that they are eager to change the world. God help us. Christianity doesn't call us to that, but to a calm and peaceful life." What do you make of that?
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Andrew Kern Dec 15, 2007
Here's a set of articles about the stories behind some Christmas carols. It's the little things that make it interesting, like that Armenian Charles Wesley wrote "Hark how all the welkin rings" and his rival, Calvinist George Whitefield, changed it to the present version. Each story also has some music to sing along to. No piano? No worries. You've got the internet!
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Andrew Kern Dec 15, 2007
We have received from the Enlightenment a rather boring, two-dimensional view of man. We have learned to regard ourselves in binaries such as mind/body, right brain/left brain, scientific/artistic. On a good day someone might speak of the mind and the heart, but usually by heart he means appetites or emotions, and both of those, on closer analysis, turn out to be bodily. I don't know if the connection is direct, but it seems to me that the rather feeble way Christians treat sin in the popular forum seems to me to bear a close relation to this simplistic, binary, two-dimensional view of man.
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Andrew Kern Dec 13, 2007
You cannot establish justice or be just if you cannot make judgments as to what is right and wrong. God help us if we continue any further down the path of "non-judgmentalism."
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