Getting the classics back in the classroom

I am a high school English and History teacher at a small Classical school in Raleigh, North Carolina. I wrote this article on the tenets of a Classical education that was recently picked up on the North State Journal (available here). Here is the article in full: Before we discuss what Classical education is, let’s dispel a…

Awesome Things My Wife Does #3

The mornings are both hectic and lonely. I wake up at the latest 5:30 (even then, I feel like I am running late), read the Bible and pound coffee, shower, and head out the door for a 35 minute commute for school. I try to be as quiet as I can to avoid waking up both…

Awesome Things My Wife Does #2

I am incredibly blessed to have an absolutely beautiful and incredibly thrifty wife, Rachel. To help our budget stretch a little bit each month, Rachel braves the wild and untamed reaches of Aldi Super Market near downtown Raleigh. Aldi is a discount grocery store that sells private label brands at a fraction of the cost…

Awesome Things My Wife Does #1

I am blessed to have one amazing wife, and the first of many such things she does that is in fact awesome is making candles to give out as Christmas presents this year. This is awesome because both Christmas presents and candles are insanely expensive, whereas making candles are cheap. My wife took old mason…

The Screwtape Lectures: A Greek Hope

The CiRCE Institute was kind enough to publish this piece entitled, “The Screwtape Lectures: A Greek Hope.” This will be a series of essays modeled after C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters, with Screwtape teaching a remedial class on “tempting.” Each month, Screwtape will survey an important historical event or period from the vantage of a demon….

Thales Key Texts

I had the privilege of speaking today at the North Carolina Social Studies Conference on a primary source book I have been editing as part of my work at Thales Academy. Here is a copy of my conference talk, plus a few links to the book, Thales Key Texts. The work is a primary source reader…

SLAM Interview

Winston Brady is a 2016 graduate of Southeastern Seminary. He now teaches American history, medieval literature, Latin, and logic at Thales Academy, and writes in his spare time. We were intrigued by some of the work he has submitted to SLAM, and we asked him to share his thoughts on literature and the classical tradition….

The Virginia: A Shakespeare-Style, Civil War History Play

When I was in college, I foolishly enrolled in three classes with heavy reading loads. “Civil War Experiences,” ” The Tragedies of William Shakespeare,” and the “Histories of William Shakespeare,” all at the same time. And I had even enrolled in other classes  that semester, and while I have since forgotten the names of those prerequisites, I…

Bedtime at Monticello: One Act History Play

I love iambic pentameter and the history plays of William Shakespeare, and the manner in which Shakespeare draws out all of the meaning from a historical event and its significant for the people and nation of England. I would love to do something similar with American history, and wrote a short scene of what I can…

Book Review: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Change Your Family

This post originally appeared on the blog of Christ Covenant Church in Raleigh, NC. My wife and I have been attending this great church for the past 5 years. Much thanks to Nicholas Lingle for posting it! I often joke with others that while Paul David Tripp has only one note, it happens to be…

Dr. Strange Movie Review

Finally, Eastern mysticism has their hero. In the film, Benedict Cumberbatch plays Dr. Stephen Strange, a world-renowned neurosurgeon and narcissist, who must come to grips with his mortality after a career-ending accident. Having heard of a possible cure in Nepal, Dr. Strange sells everything he has and, perhaps not unlike Sam Harris or Steve Jobs,…