Trivium Pursuit

THE RETURN OF THE BLOG

Updated Website, Product Prices, Trivium Pursuit Logo, This blog, Special Sales

UPDATED WEBSITE

Our website has needed updating and renovating for a very long time. Some things have not been working well. So we are finally getting this done. When the renovated website finally comes on line (soon), should you discover any problems, please let me know.

PRODUCT PRICES

Our first mail-order president has determined that we all need to pay more. Our prices will remain as they are until the updated website is fully enabled, when, regrettably, economic laws will force an adjustment.

TRIVIUM PURSUIT LOGO

‘Trivium’ means where three roads meet. The term ‘trivium’ is used to refer to the first three of the seven liberal arts – the “classical humanist” list of the three fundamental roads of learning: grammar, logic (or dialectic), and rhetoric. We would bring the humanist paradigm under the clearer, brighter, wider-spectrum illumination of the Scriptural paradigm of knowledge, understanding, and wisdom.

The new logo shows the three roads – knowledge, understanding, and wisdom – converging on a three-way (trivium) roundabout. As we have explained in other places, these are not three distinct compartments, but are more like three levels or progressive stages of development. (1) Knowledge – from gathering information, facts, data – is introductory by its very nature. (2) Understanding – from observing the relations within the information, the connections, the coding – builds on knowledge; but understanding also drives one back for more knowledge. (3) Wisdom – from putting understanding to practical use, driving to a productive goal, producing valued output – builds on understanding, which is itself built on knowledge; but wisdom also drives one back for more knowledge and more understanding. So there is an accumulation of knowledge, a growth of understanding, and a development of wisdom – a trivium of the trivium. The three-way roundabout reflects these things.

Of course there is a larger vocabulary of learning in Scripture, and various figures of speech moderate the use of these expressions. Nevertheless, the frequent collation of these three terms (or their equivalents) displays for us a regular relationship between them. A few more obvious examples:

Exodus 31:3 “And I have filled him with {the} Spirit of God: with wisdom, and with understanding, and with knowledge and all {manner of} workmanship.” [Compare Exodus 35:31; 36:1]

Deuteronomy 1:13 “Choose for yourselves wise and understanding and knowledgeable men from among your tribes, and I will appoint them as your heads.”

Proverbs 2:6For {the} LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth {come} knowledge and understanding.

Proverbs 8:12“I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and I find out knowledge {and} discretion.”

Proverbs 24:3-4 Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; [4] and by knowledge {the} rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.

Daniel 1:4 young men without blemish, but good-looking, and skillful in all wisdom, possessing knowledge and discerning understanding … [Compare Daniel 1:17; 5:11, 14]

Ephesians 1:17-18 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, might grant to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him, [18] {once} the eyes of your heart [/understanding] have been enlightened …

Colossians 1:9 For this reason we {ourselves} also, since the day which we {first} learned {these things}, we have never ceased from praying on your behalf, and making request that you might be filled with the full knowledge of His will in every {aspect of} spiritual wisdom and {spiritual} understanding [/insight];

Colossians 2:2-3 that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and {reaching} toward {attaining} every {kind of} riches {which comes} from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of the mystery of God – even {the} Father – and of Christ, [3] in Whom the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are all hidden.

THIS BLOG

I keep writing “we.” Laurie and I worked together as partners. She’s been called home ahead of me, so I’ve been left behind to finish our work. It is still OUR work.

In the division of labor, Laurie was in charge of the web presence, and she was also the head gardener. This last year, I had to do much of what the two of us had been doing, I had a lot to catch up on, and so I ended up letting a number of things slide. I’m beginning to catch up. I’ve been working on the website. I’m preparing to begin blogging. (And food prices make it necessary that I increase the gardening as well.)

Here are a couple of things I’m working on:

The Story of Laurie

Laurie and I were among the early pioneers in modern day homeschooling – early 1980’s. We started traveling as a family in the late 1990’s. We traveled through all contiguous 48 states, giving seminars and visiting many homeschooling families. Others, so I heard, were calling us homeschool evangelists, and in a way that’s what we intended to be. During one fifteen-month period we traveled in 45 states – all in a rusty old Chevy van with no air conditioning. (Arizona in the summer!) There are a lot of stories there, including many remarkable Providences. I wish I had kept a journal. (Laurie was my journal, because she remembered everything.)

Seven Undeniable Truths of Homeschooling – Revised Edition

Back in the 1990’s, we helped put together a local homeschool convention. There was a fifteen minute gap in the main program, and I volunteered to fill it. Off the top of my head, I wrote down seven points on homeschooling, polished them up a bit, and filled the fifteen minutes. Next thing I knew, everybody was asking me for a copy. (Hat tip to Rush Limbaugh’s 39 Undeniable Truths of Life.)

That’s how Seven Undeniable Truths of Homeschooling began. It expanded it into a full seminar and eventually into a convention keynote address. It’s been many years since we traveled and spoke, but the seven truths have never changed – they’re undeniable. It’s time I brought the seminar up to date.

SPECIAL SALES – New, Used, Worn, or Damaged Materials

From time to time, at the end of a Trivium Pursuit blog entry, I will list special items on sale.

Contact me by email – bluedorn@triviumpursuit.com – and if an item is still available, we will negotiate the details of the sale. All sales are final.

Teaching the Trivium

1 copy – new, perfect condition, one-of-a-kind printing experiment with different paper – $20.00 plus shipping

1 copy – some moisture damage – $10.00 plus shipping

1 copy – complete, but badly damaged, taped cover – $5.00 plus shipping

A Greek Hupogrammon

3 copies – some moisture damage – $10.00 each, plus shipping

Ancient History from Primary Sources

2 copies – some moisture damage – $12.00 each, plus shipping

7 Responses to “THE RETURN OF THE BLOG”

  1. Heather Says:

    Hi,
    I was happy to see your email. I’m looking forward to getting them again.
    I love how you described our president as a “mail order” president. Isn’t that the truth!
    May the Lord bless you in your new endeavors.
    Heather

  2. Anna Says:

    Mr. Bluedorn,

    I have to agree with Heather above! I’m finally getting to my email after a long week and reading in bed late at night and I am chuckling out loud on your “mail order” comment. 😆 Looking forward to more witty and encouraging blog posts from you in the future. I cried when I read that Laurie had passed. Teaching the Trivium was one of the starting points for me to get going on homeschooling. I have been blessed by and hold dear to my heart the Bluedorns. May God richly bless you in future endeavors as you have both so richly blessed me and many countless others, I’m sure.

    Sincerely,

    Anna

  3. Tina Provenzano Says:

    Thankful and grateful to see you are back here sharing your wisdom and work!

  4. Robyn van Eck Says:

    It’s so good to hear these plans! May the Lord bless your work and make it fruitful!

  5. Hélène Says:

    So excited to see the new Seven Undeniable Truths…or hear it. Either way do tell us when it’s out.
    So sad about Laurie. When I think about the pioneers who are going on before us, I have to cry out for the Lord to have mercy on this nation. Homeschooling is a non-negotiable but it’s not been the panacea we all looked for it to be either. And then all the fallen big names in the whole effort to get our families back. Hasatan wins some but thank God, the war WAS won, 2000 yrs ago.
    Glad to see u blogging again. Keep on, keeping on, brother.

  6. Pauline Says:

    Loved reading the updte. Your book “Teaching the Trivium” is the #1 book I recommend to new homeschoolers.
    Thanks for sharing your God given giftings!

  7. P Christianson Says:

    Homeschooling my children with the guidance of Trivium Pursuit was the time of my life! How glad I am to read your blog again. Thank you.

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