Sunday, August 30, 2009


God's gracious love produces people who exercise gracious love toward others. No other power in the universe can produce such a heart. Grace always begets grace, and only grace begets grace.

~Greg Bahnsen

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Guilt vs Shame in Kids

NYT reviews a recent psychological study of guilt in children, suggesting that guilt (not shame) is a powerful means by which young children learn to regulate their behavior

Guilt and Atonement on the Path to Adulthood

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Words We Live By

In honor of a new school year at NCS, I'd like to list the pithy sayings and aphorisms that have developed within NCS lingo over the years to describe our experiences with classical and grace-based education.

I hope my colleagues & I will use these as springboards for future posts -- each sparks whole essays of thought about the messy task of educating the next generation.

New Covenant Words of Wisdom

Grace is messy.

Grace always costs the giver.

Education is about repentance.
(We're still arguing over the wording of this one. "Repentance" here doesn't carry its usual theological meaning.)

Anything worth doing is worth doing badly.
(Lori deeply disagrees with this one unless it's heavily clarified. ;-)

Everything must be riddled with complications.
(stole that one from the Dodds family)

Anything worth doing will be difficult.

Presenting every child complete in Christ

We must start families/kids where they are, not "where they should be" (originally from Matt Whitling)