Scott Postma

A blog about the Great Books, the Craft of Writing, and Human Flourishing.

What is a Liberal Arts Education?

This fascinating interview with Philip Ryken and Jeffrey Davis by Ken Myers of Mars Hill Audio addresses the importance of a liberal arts education in the 21st century. It’s about 26 minutes long and definitely worth a listen if you’ve ever wondered what Classical Christian education is all about. I hope […]

How to Slay the Dragon of Classroom Anxiety

I’ve written about this before, but when I was in the second grade, my teacher kept a barf bag in her desk just for me. At the time, I didn’t realize there was an actual name for my experience, but if I was in a public elementary school today, I […]

Book Review: Thoughts on The Double Helix by J.D. Watson

The Double Helix is not a science book; rather, it is a literary book about scientists—a fascinating account of one of the most important discoveries of the 20th-century. Sir Lawrence Bragg advises the reader of this important fact in the Forward when he outlines what he believes are the three […]

Enrich the Well From Which You Draw Your Inspiration

Last week I began a discussion around the idea that if we want people to read and follow our work, it has to be interesting. I don’t mean interesting in the sense of cool, hip, or flashy. I mean intriguing and meaningful in a human sort of way. It concerns me […]

Three Tips to Writing Interesting Work that Actually Gets Read

If you want people to read and follow your work, you have to be able to write something interesting. And isn’t that what all of us writers want–to write interesting work? While there are a lot of us calling ourselves writers, how many of us are doing really interesting work. Those who […]

Two Tips You Can Use Today for Better Reading Comprehension

Some readers are naturally better than others. To be on the bottom end of that spectrum is to be disadvantaged in many respects. After all, as the saying goes: readers are leaders. So what makes the difference? How does one move up the spectrum and improve his or her reading […]

On the Profit of Pagan Literature

One of the ongoing questions often asked–and it’s one that is frequently addressed in ancient Christian literature–is why Christians should incorporate ancient pagan literature in their own education and literature. In other words, “What does Jerusalem have to do with Athens?” Basil the Great, in a work titled, To Young Men, on How […]