Scott Postma

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

Saturday School: Lesson #5 – Supporting Your Thesis, Part 1 (Definition)

Lesson #5 – Supporting Your Thesis Statement I (Definition) Complete the reading assignment Complete the writing exercise Post your assignment in the comments Share the lesson with a friend Reading One last reminder, in case you’re just joining us: we are focusing on the persuasive essay because good writing must have a compelling message. Later, […]

Saturday School: Lesson #4 – The Thesis Statement

Lesson #4 – The Thesis Statement Complete the reading assignment Complete the writing exercise Post your assignment in the comments Share the lesson with a friend Reading As I explained last week, we will be focusing on the persuasive essay to start. This is because of what we have learned about writing: […]

Saturday School: Lesson #3 – Elements of Contingency

Lesson #3 – Elements of Contingency Complete the reading assignment Complete the writing exercise Post your assignment in the comments Share the lesson with a friend Reading Last week we learned good writing doesn’t just tell the facts, it makes an assertion. In other words, all good writing has a compelling […]

Saturday School: Lesson #2 – Elements of Composition

Lesson #2 – Elements of Composition Complete the reading assignment Complete the writing exercise Post your assignment in the comments Share the lesson with a friend Reading Today’s lesson is extremely simple, and should only take you a few minutes. Last week we discussed the difference between sophistry and rhetoric. We […]

Saturday School: Lesson #1 – Redeeming Rhetoric

Lesson #1 – Redeeming Rhetoric Complete the reading assignment Complete the writing exercise Post your assignment in the comments Share the lesson with a friend Reading Rhetoric is frequently confused with sophistry. For example, when a politician uses the emotion of the moment after a national tragedy to promote a new policy, or […]

Safely Navigating the Blurred Lines of Ministry and Business

For the Christian, one of the similarities between ministry and business is the work of creation—the effort to provide people with a message, product, or service that will make their lives better. Stated this way, it makes both minister and entrepreneur an artist–or poet in the strictest sense of the word. The problem […]

Video: Introduction to Old Western Culture with Roman Roads Media

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