The Importance of Good Conversation

Read Plato, St. Augustine, Jonathan Swift, Emily Bronte, or any other classic work and you’ll notice the authors’ composition, vocabulary, and coherence in thought far surpass those possessed by the vast majority of educated people today. Even students of our best liberal arts universities don’t emerge from their studies with the ability to write, speak,Continue reading “The Importance of Good Conversation”

Don Quixote and The Difference Between Wisdom and Intelligence

Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote excellently portrays wisdom’s distinction from intelligence through the character growth (or at least revelation) of Don Quixote and his trusted squire Sancho Panza. While both play the part of the fool in many respects, both exhibit moments of intelligence or wisdom throughout their adventures. The Intelligent Don Quixote Don QuixoteContinue reading “Don Quixote and The Difference Between Wisdom and Intelligence”

Why a Classical Education is Needed Now More than Ever

If you were to ask yourself what single aspect of education is lacking in modern society, what would it be? What topic, if better integrated into school curricula, would benefit the world the most? Teaching science and technology better? It seems we have plenty of the technical aspects of education in place today: everyone knowsContinue reading “Why a Classical Education is Needed Now More than Ever”

COVID19: A Call for Greater Family Independence

The lockdown initiated by government reactions to COVID19 (the coronavirus) has imposed a rare glimpse into how elements of dystopian novels manifest in the real world: restricted travel, skyrocketing unemployment, an economy in recession, police arrests for routine outdoor activities, masks and gloves merely for grocery store visits, and semi-rationed groceries (for the very highContinue reading “COVID19: A Call for Greater Family Independence”

What Gulliver’s Travels Can Teach Us About Perspective, Social Media, and Friendship

My first encounter with Gulliver’s Travels was a cheesy 90’s movie that did even less justice to the original story than director Darren Aronofsky’s 2014 movie Noah did to the Biblical story of Noah. In the minds of many without an adequately wide reading of classic literature, Gulliver’s Travels (1726) is a children’s story. However,Continue reading “What Gulliver’s Travels Can Teach Us About Perspective, Social Media, and Friendship”

Sickness as a Sign to Slow Down

Today, as I lay there half-dead on the couch, checking on work emails, browsing Twitter, the WordPress reader, and the news, I came to the realization that maybe this sickness that’s overtaken me (and my whole family – that’s just how it is with kids) is God’s way of reminding me that I’m human. We areContinue reading “Sickness as a Sign to Slow Down”

10 Ways to Build a Christian Household

The 21st century is a tough time to raise a Christian family. Numerous cultural influences increasingly threaten the faiths of our children as the U.S. and other nations have declined in Christian identity. To change this trajectory, we need to build up the kingdom of families, one by one. Each family needs to be strengthenedContinue reading “10 Ways to Build a Christian Household”

The Rise of Secular America

“Society is increasingly secular.” Most of us have all probably heard this said around our families, friends, and churches. But is it true? Here, I’ll provide solid evidence confirming the fears of many Christian families that, yes, the U.S. and the western world are less religious now than our parents’ and grandparents’ generations. In 1948,Continue reading “The Rise of Secular America”

The Myth of Unbiased News

How do we get our news? And more importantly, are we aware of the bias of our news? One of the most prolific merry-go-round statements circulating the pseudo-intellectuals nowadays is the bias of the media – and, while it has some justification – the bias is typically only recognized in sources that highlight stories contraryContinue reading “The Myth of Unbiased News”

The Dilemma of Raising Kids in the 21st Century

It’s no secret the world is changing fast, very fast. I’m a millennial dad, and already I don’t recognize the majority of shows, toys, characters, and songs geared toward my young daughter and son. This fact has brought to my attention the following thought: We are now in the age, for the first time in history,Continue reading “The Dilemma of Raising Kids in the 21st Century”