Critical Race Theory and the Law’s Inability to Change Hearts

by John Ellis Why the Law? In his letter “to the churches of Galatia” (Gal, 1:2), the Apostle Paul offers pastoral-and divinely inspired-counsel to “recovering Pharisees.”[1] Theologian and pastor Philip Ryken goes on to explain, “Most former Pharisees have a problem, however. It’s hard for them to leave their legalism behind. … This means that … Continue reading Critical Race Theory and the Law’s Inability to Change Hearts

I’m Fully Vaccinated, Yet I Still Wear a Mask

by John Ellis (Today, the CDC released updated mask recommendations, saying that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks or socially distance when inside, with some noted exceptions. I appreciate the CDC's expertise and continued guidance. That being said, my overall point in this article still stands. For the moment, especially in church, … Continue reading I’m Fully Vaccinated, Yet I Still Wear a Mask

Love God and Health-Care Workers by Taking COVID-19 Seriously

by John Ellis During a dispute between the Sadducees and Jesus, a dispute in which “[Jesus] answered them well”, a scribe posited one final question, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Recorded in Mark 12:29-31, Jesus’ answer ranks among the most popular Bible verses. No doubt there isn’t a soul reading this who … Continue reading Love God and Health-Care Workers by Taking COVID-19 Seriously

About That Danish Mask Study and the Victory Lap of Antimaskers

by John Ellis Depending on which media sites you consume, the recently published Danish mask study is either confirmation that mandatory mask laws are pointless, or it is reflective of epistemological gaps in publishing protocols, even in prestigious science journals. While only recently published, the study has been making noise for months now. At least, … Continue reading About That Danish Mask Study and the Victory Lap of Antimaskers

Demanding Obeisance to White Culture Is Racism: Code Switching, AAVE, and Double Consciousness

by John Ellis Growing up in the Deep South, I was surrounded by racism, including in my own heart, words, and actions. I was taught that Black people were “those people,” different and damaging to the fabric of our way of life if allowed free rein to be Black. It wasn’t stated in those words, … Continue reading Demanding Obeisance to White Culture Is Racism: Code Switching, AAVE, and Double Consciousness

Anti-Vaxxers and COVID-19 Denial

by John Ellis Below is a link to an important and informative paper authored by epidemiologist Dr. Tara C. Smith and law professor and vaccine advocate Dr. Dorit Reiss. I urge you to read it. Not only to help serve as a bulwark in your own mind against the fallacious arguments and downright lies being … Continue reading Anti-Vaxxers and COVID-19 Denial

2020, Conspiracy Theories, and White Evangelicals Dangerous Faith in Donald Trump

by John Ellis Possibly the most famous conspiracy theory in history is connected to the heart of Christianity. First posited over two thousand years ago, many people still believe its destructive lie. Contemporary Christian apologists continue to use the eye witnesses’ testimony to refute the conspiracy concocted by the priests, elders, and soldiers who had … Continue reading 2020, Conspiracy Theories, and White Evangelicals Dangerous Faith in Donald Trump

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

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?