How to start speaking Greek

I want to recommend one simple way to get started speaking Greek. It’s free. All you need is one other person who wants to pursue the same goal. I have in mind those of you who have studied Greek in a grammar-translation way, perhaps for many years, but have not yet started down the path…

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Why is upside-down good news?

The opposite of yours fears is true. The rich and powerful don’t get away with it. When things fall apart, that isn’t the end. Death is really something else all together. You don’t get to the goal by “so much winning” but by being at a loss. “Who am I?” isn’t answered by how good…

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Revelation 5–6

John is so engulfed in what he sees that he actually begins to cry when there is no one found worthy to open the scroll (5:3). I’ve always found that striking. Whatever he sees, it’s a scene of immense tension and apparently sadness. He watches and cries. The first words of comfort: “The lion has…

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How to Reread a Text

Rereading is your single most important tool, but instructors rarely take the time to show others how. It’s self-explanatory, right? Just reread. Well, what I’ve learned is there are different ways to reread a text and people benefit from a bit of an introduction. I want to point out Luke Ranieri’s technique. If language acquisition…

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Latin in Harry Potter

A colleague and I had a neat opportunity this morning to sit down with a student and chat about the Latin in Harry Potter. The student was writing a research paper on the classical roots of the story’s plot, characters, and language. There are posts scattered all over the internet that discuss these things, but…

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Of Mice and Men

I finished Of Mice and Men last night. A friend sent it as a gift, and it was mysteriously enthralling from the start. I read the little novella a chapter at a time late at night. I would pick it up every few days when I was at the end of my rope, tired and…

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