The Gospel Coalition Debates Gun Control

by John Ellis Chances are that the Second Amendment produces a strong emotion in many of us. And while emotions do contain epistemic value, strong emotions unchecked tend to create an unhelpful tunnel vision while in disagreement with others. Because of this, debates about gun control and the Second Amendment are often pointless endeavors, if … Continue reading The Gospel Coalition Debates Gun Control

DeSantis versus Disney: Political Theatre at Its Finest

by John Ellis Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is going to being the next President of the United States. Mark my words. Sitting at his new desk during his first day in the Oval Office, the top of his to-do-list should remind him to “Send Disneyworld a gift basket.” I’m not saying that he will owe … Continue reading DeSantis versus Disney: Political Theatre at Its Finest

Preachiness Doesn’t Damage Art; Bad “Artists” Damage Art

by John Ellis Words are a funny thing. I don’t remember who said it – Winnie the Pooh, maybe? – but the observation has been made that words don’t stay where they’re put. If the Fall and Fall’s Curse (not to mention the Tower of Babel) are true, and I believe they are, this is … Continue reading Preachiness Doesn’t Damage Art; Bad “Artists” Damage Art

For the Love of Myths, Fast-Food Chains, and Fungible Truth: How Expressive Individualism Determines “Truth”

by John Ellis Did you know that being either right brained or left brained isn’t a thing? I mean, it’s a thing; it’s just not a real thing – it’s not a true thing. It’s a myth. A neuromyth, to be specific. Don’t tell people that, though. If you do, be aware that you do … Continue reading For the Love of Myths, Fast-Food Chains, and Fungible Truth: How Expressive Individualism Determines “Truth”

The Art(Lessness) of Manliness

by John Ellis With the help of a friend, I once installed a new toilet in the upstairs bathroom of my house. In hindsight, we should’ve asked our wives to do it; they’re both far more capable than we are. But we didn’t. They were downstairs, and would’ve been willing to do it, I’m guessing. … Continue reading The Art(Lessness) of Manliness

Critical Race Theory: Read It for Yourself

by John Ellis Of late, friends and acquaintances ask me about Critical Race Theory (CRT) more than any other single topic. I am more than happy to answer their questions and engage in dialogue about CRT as best I can. To date, though, I have yet to have a face-to-face discussion about CRT with anyone … Continue reading Critical Race Theory: Read It for Yourself

President Biden, the Keystone XL Pipeline, and High Gas Prices

by John Ellis At the gas station I frequent most often, some of the pumps have been adorned by a sticker with President Biden proudly pointing while saying, “I did that.” Situated so that Biden is gesturing towards the panel displaying how much the customer’s total cost is, the message is clear: President Biden is … Continue reading President Biden, the Keystone XL Pipeline, and High Gas Prices

Will Smith and the Oscars, Cancel Culture, and Threading the Comedic Needle

by John Ellis I don’t like Will Smith. I’m not talking about Will Smith the person; I’ve never met him. I don’t like Will Smith the persona. During interviews, he comes across as acting to me, and not very good acting, at that. To be sure, Will Smith is undeniably a good actor when playing … Continue reading Will Smith and the Oscars, Cancel Culture, and Threading the Comedic Needle

The Deceit of Ted Cruz (and the Republican Party)

by John Ellis Ted Cruz is either a liar or an idiot. That’s a bold accusation, I realize, but I believe, as demonstrated below, that the charge is justified. Normally, I pay as little attention as possible to Ted Cruz. I also haven’t been paying close attention to the confirmation hearings for President Biden’s SCOTUS … Continue reading The Deceit of Ted Cruz (and the Republican Party)

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