The New World Good Music Brings

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“The music, while it lasted, brought a new world into being.”– Wendell Berry in Jayber Crow My seven-year old daughter, Claire, is always squirmy. Except when she’s on my lap at a concert listening to Sara Groves sing Fireflies and Songs. In that moment, and that moment alone, she’s entranced and deeply contented in a way that reveals itself in a few motionless moments. As the song began, she leaned over and whispered into my ear, “Dad, I know this one.” Then she kissed me on the cheek, sett … [Read more...]

Would You Rather Your Kids Be Smart OR Virtuous?

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I eat this stuff up. I get juiced when a major secular publication such as The Wall Street Journal leans toward an aspect of biblical truth.The issue? Character. And, according to The Wall Street Journal’s Paul Tough, it turns out it really does count.For several generations now the focus of parenting in America has been on cognitive development. The idea has been that if our children can simply develop their powers of reason and intellect they will have the best chance of becoming i … [Read more...]


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