Donald Trump: An Absurdist Play for the Ages

by John Ellis In the years to come, several things will stand out in my mind about Donald Trump’s presidency. Two things, though, seem to encapsulate his absurdist, chaotic, and damaging four years in the White House. The first took place on the day of his inauguration. The second on the day the election was … Continue reading Donald Trump: An Absurdist Play for the Ages

Evangelicalism’s Race Up the Tower of Babel’s Stairs

by John Ellis Kierkegaard believed that marriage is the “deepest form of revelation.” While not factual, the truth embedded in Kierkegaard’s belief makes forgiving his error well-worth it. The deepest form of revelation is Jesus Christ, and if you want to include the Word, so be it, I will happily concur. In Ephesians 5, though, … Continue reading Evangelicalism’s Race Up the Tower of Babel’s Stairs

A Secular Age: An Invaluable Book Christians Should Read

by John Ellis Sitting on the table next to my chair are ever rotating stacks of books that I’m reading. Two books, though, as their companions have moved back to their homes on my bookshelves to be replaced by new companions, remain constant: The Bible and A Secular Age. Over the last couple of years, … Continue reading A Secular Age: An Invaluable Book Christians Should Read

A Call for a National Day of Prayer for Undocumented Migrants Who Are Being Persecuted by Donald Trump

by John Ellis The White House has called for today (Sunday, 11/1) to be a “National Day of Remembrance for Americans Killed by Illegal Immigrants, 2020”. The proclamation, an obvious ploy to shift the topic of conversation on the eve of the election, which you can read by clicking here, is signed by Donald Trump. … Continue reading A Call for a National Day of Prayer for Undocumented Migrants Who Are Being Persecuted by Donald Trump

On Election Day, Which City’s Gates Will You be Defending?

by John Ellis I haven’t checked its veracity, so I won’t link to it, but this morning I read a tweet claiming that a professing Christian confessed to the author of the tweet that, “he would shoot me if I were trying to ‘take away his way of life’.” While I don’t know if that … Continue reading On Election Day, Which City’s Gates Will You be Defending?

Erasing the Sacred/Secular Divide Should Come With a Warning Label

by John Ellis I recently read a news story out of South Carolina about a pizza delivery driver who suffered a seizure during a delivery. Waking up, dazed, injured, and trapped in her car, she found herself in a water-filled ravine. Thankfully, two men who saw her car careen off the road sprang into action, … Continue reading Erasing the Sacred/Secular Divide Should Come With a Warning Label

Donald Trump Disgracefully Throws Healthcare Workers Under the Bus

by John Ellis Yesterday morning, I read about a nurse in Ocala, Fl, who died from COVID-19 after contracting it at work. Only 56 years old, her name is Venezia Monroe. She leaves behind a grieving family and circle of friends who praise her dedication to her job. Tragically, Venezia’s story is not an isolated … Continue reading Donald Trump Disgracefully Throws Healthcare Workers Under the Bus

The Idol of Unity Is Undermining the Evangelical Witness

by John Ellis I speak from experience. As a pastor, I elevated unity above honesty, courage, and integrity. Because therein lies the path of least resistance. For a brief time, I was a pastor in a reformed-ish Southern Baptist affiliated church. And I’ve observed in other pastors what I’m about to write. What’s more, pastor … Continue reading The Idol of Unity Is Undermining the Evangelical Witness

Systemic Racism Is a Millstone Around Our Collective Necks

by John Ellis Many white evangelicals in America approach systemic racism with the perspective of innocent until proven guilty. For them, 21st century America cannot be condemned a priori without evidence that systemic racism is codified in the here and now. For the record, I believe that that evidence exists; many others have written eloquent … Continue reading Systemic Racism Is a Millstone Around Our Collective Necks

The Ethical Dilemma of Abortion and Voting for Donald Trump

by John Ellis Sitting here while typing, my mail-in ballot is staring at me from the table beside my chair. Part of it is already filled out, but before completing the job there are a few state constitution amendments and county charter amendments I need to research. Until then, on the first page, serving as … Continue reading The Ethical Dilemma of Abortion and Voting for Donald Trump