The Whitney Plantation: Learning Hard, Yet Important, Truths About America

by John Ellis As much as I love New Orleans – the food, music, culture, interesting people, legally drinking a hurricane while walking around town – for me, the highlight of my family’s current spring break vacation in the Big Easy happens today. In a few short hours, my wife, kids, and I will tour … Continue reading The Whitney Plantation: Learning Hard, Yet Important, Truths About America

What Does WWI Have to Do With the (Sinful) Invasion of Ukraine? Quite a Bit

by John Ellis Towards the end of February (2022), I composed a long Facebook post in which I accused the West of some measure of culpability in the current tragic (and sinful) invasion of Ukraine by Putin’s Russia.[1] In that post, I wrote, “As loathsome as Putin and his actions are, the West is culpable … Continue reading What Does WWI Have to Do With the (Sinful) Invasion of Ukraine? Quite a Bit

COVID at Two Years of Age: Charting a Path Forward for Followers of King Jesus

by John Ellis Standing on the Cady Way Trail’s walking bridge spanning Semoran Blvd, I watched the cars streaming under me and thought, “Are we ready for what’s about to happen?” It was mid-March of 2020, and COVID’s effects were already starting to ripple out. The news out of Italy was horrendous, but distant. The … Continue reading COVID at Two Years of Age: Charting a Path Forward for Followers of King Jesus

The Scottish Clearances Speak Into the Reparations Debate

by John Ellis I’ve been reading about the Scottish Clearances, a devasting time during the late 18th and early 19th centuries when the Highland chieftains, bowing to the immense pressure of the steamrolling commercialization of the British Isles, forcibly removed tenants from their lands. While not the legal owners of the land, these tenants were … Continue reading The Scottish Clearances Speak Into the Reparations Debate

Why I Do Not Play Wordle

by John Ellis I’m not going to explain what Wordle is because if you don’t already know what it is I’m not sure how you’re reading this article because you obviously don’t have internet access. And, no doubt, like me, Wordle is everywhere in your life. It’s all over my Facebook newsfeed and it’s in … Continue reading Why I Do Not Play Wordle

Lifeway Research Claims a New Report Is encouraging for Christians. Is It, Though?

by John Ellis Lifeway Research recently published an article commenting on the “Status of Global Christianity, 2022, in the Context of 1900-2050” published by the Center for the Study of Global Christianity out of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. The title of Lifeway Research’s article joyfully trumpets, “7 Encouraging Trends of Global Christianity.” To that optimistic enthusiasm, … Continue reading Lifeway Research Claims a New Report Is encouraging for Christians. Is It, Though?

Conspiracy Theories Are Part of the DNA of Evangelicalism

by John Ellis I’ve stopped being surprised when new acquaintances[1] steel their gaze, purse their lips, and then begin their forthcoming monologue with, “Did you know ….?” Those monologues have “taught” me all kinds of things about Dr. Fauci, the Clintons, sex trafficking of children, the global elite and their place in the “swamp,” CRT, … Continue reading Conspiracy Theories Are Part of the DNA of Evangelicalism

‘Let’s go Brandon!’ Further Validates My Rejection of Evangelicalism

by John Ellis On the way home after dropping the kids off at school, my eyes were drawn to a large bumper sticker on the car in front of me. Shouting “Let’s Go Brandon!” the sticker was at odds with the “In God We Trust” stamped on the vehicle’s license plate. Almost immediately, a pithy … Continue reading ‘Let’s go Brandon!’ Further Validates My Rejection of Evangelicalism

(Why) Supporting Donald Trump Is a Violation of I John 2:15

by John Ellis (Included in this article are links to several other articles I’ve written. If what I write below seems poorly fleshed out or even confusing, I urge you to click on the links provided. As I explain below, for the sake of time, I’m (probably unfairly) assuming a certain level of acquaintance with … Continue reading (Why) Supporting Donald Trump Is a Violation of I John 2:15

Which Side of the Political Aisle Should Christians Feel at Home With?

USA - 2012: Hector Casanova illustration of the Democrat donkey and Republican elephant on a seesaw with the plank breaking in the middle. (The Kansas City Star/MCT via Getty Images via Getty Images) by John Ellis By all accounts, society is fracturing. The talking heads and our eyeballs tell us that society has split apart, … Continue reading Which Side of the Political Aisle Should Christians Feel at Home With?