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I Sentence You to Excellence

“A sentence is, in John Donne’s words, ‘a little world made cunningly.’ … I want to bring you into the little worlds made cunningly by as many writers as I can cram into a short book” (8). –Stanley Fish, How to Write a Sentence and How to Read One One of my favorite books about  Read more

April 23, 2014 in Parent Practicums, Rhetoric by

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Rhetoric Quest: April Showers Bring May Flowers

In classical Christian education, the art of rhetoric is about communicating truth persuasively. Everyone uses tools of persuasion, so we must learn to recognize, practice, and use them deliberately in the service of truth. Join me every Monday this spring for a new Rhetoric Quest blog post featuring some of the metaphors and other rhetorical  Read more

April 21, 2014 in Parent Practicums, Rhetoric by

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Sunday (Easter in Art)

He is Risen! “Doubting Thomas” has been a common theme in religious art since the 5th century. Here, Caravaggio makes the people appear realistic. Caravaggio loved to paint the nuances and imperfections of humans. He also loved environments charged with human emotions rather than props or symbolism. This makes his style perfect for the scene  Read more

April 20, 2014 in Christian Education by

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Saturday (Easter in Art)

While many Renaissance artists painted this scene, Rubens’ depiction is particularly beautiful. It reminds us that Christ was completely dead for those three days in the tomb, not just “mostly dead” (like in The Princess Bride). Rubens makes his lifelessness feel tangible as Christ’s followers take him down from the cross. It seems as though  Read more

April 19, 2014 in Christian Education by

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Friday (Easter in Art)

This painting is famous for two main reasons: the misery and torture so vividly depicted in Christ, and the presence of John the Baptist on the far right. Grunewald included John the Baptist because he was the last prophet before Christ, and he declared Christ as the son of God. Even as Christ is on  Read more

April 18, 2014 in Christian Education by

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Thursday (Easter in Art)

This painting of Peter after he denied Christ for the third time is uniquely poignant among depictions of Peter. Few artists have captured his sorrow at denying Christ as well as Melissi.   (Agostino Melissi, 1675, Before the Cock Crows, The Philedelphia Museum of Art)

April 17, 2014 in Christian Education by

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Two Seasons at Easter

“Our thoughts in this present life should turn on the praise of God, because it is in praising God that we shall rejoice for ever in the life to come; and no one can be ready for the next life unless he trains himself for it now. So we praise God during our earthly life,  Read more

April 16, 2014 in Christian Education by

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Rhetoric Quest: We agree on freedom

In classical Christian education, the art of rhetoric is about communicating truth persuasively. Everyone uses tools of persuasion, so we must learn to recognize, practice, and use them deliberately in the service of truth. Join me every Monday this spring for a new Rhetoric Quest blog post featuring some of the metaphors and other rhetorical devices that  Read more

April 14, 2014 in Parent Practicums, Rhetoric by

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