'Dixie Highway' and the Lingering Disgrace of Confederate Monuments

by John Ellis In a recent expose, The New York Times calls into question the validity of allowing stretches of roads in Florida to retain the name “Dixie Highway.” The highway system was originally envisioned in the early 20th century as an ambitious project to connect Chicago with Miami. As more states became involved, the … Continue reading 'Dixie Highway' and the Lingering Disgrace of Confederate Monuments

The Gospel's Relation to Social Justice and Mercy Ministries

by John Ellis I wrote and posted this article on my previous blog a few months ago (October 2019). It’s a topic that continues to concern me. And it’s a topic that exists within a larger cultural framework that prioritizes this earthly kingdom’s concerns over that of the Eternal Kingdom’s concerns. During a long phone … Continue reading The Gospel's Relation to Social Justice and Mercy Ministries

President Trump: 'We Have God on Our Side'

by John Ellis Our President who has famously boasted that he doesn’t have any need to repent is now crowing that, “we have God on our side.” Presuming to speak for God, President Trump made his assertion to a crowd of his adoring worshipers at the inaugural “Evangelicals for Trump” event held at a megachurch … Continue reading President Trump: 'We Have God on Our Side'

Truth Matters: The Margaret Sanger Myth

by John Ellis In an article published by The Atlantic, Jonathan Haidt argues that social media has circumvented the societal and political checks our founding fathers folded into the warp and woof of this country to guard against the worst excesses of democracy. Best known as the co-author of The Coddling of the American Mind, … Continue reading Truth Matters: The Margaret Sanger Myth

What Pronouns Should Christians Use When Speaking to a Transgender Person?

by John Ellis In a recent episode of his “Ask Me Anything” podcast, pastor and current SBC president J.D. Greear provided extra fuel to the conservative evangelical discernment blogosphere’s rage by admitting that he would likely use the preferred pronoun of any transgender person that visited his church. Never minding that Greear clearly and unequivocally … Continue reading What Pronouns Should Christians Use When Speaking to a Transgender Person?

The Apostle Paul’s Comments on ‘Okay Boomer’

by John Ellis I’m Gen-X. This means that I’m old enough to remember being told that my generation would be the first generation to do worse financially than their parents. Labels like “slackers,” “self-absorbed,” and “ungrateful” were liberally applied to Gen-X by both the so-called Silent Generation and the Greatest Generation – our parents and … Continue reading The Apostle Paul’s Comments on ‘Okay Boomer’

Charles Barkley ‘Jokes’ About Hitting Women

by John Ellis NBA Hall of Famer and current analyst for TNT’s Inside the NBA Charles Barkley finds himself in hot water over a “joke.” According to Axios reporter Alexi McCammond, the retired athlete told her, “I don’t hit women, but if I did I would hit you.” After McCammond tweeted out the exchange, the … Continue reading Charles Barkley ‘Jokes’ About Hitting Women