Rules Do Not a Good Boy Make: My Year as a Sixth-Grade Terrorist

by John Ellis Spelling is not a forte of mine. As a writer, red squiggly lines are my friend. Words like “Wednesday,” “indubitably,” and “cornucopia” are beyond my ability to remember how to spell correctly. One word I’ll never misspell, though, is obedience. The spelling of that word was drilled into me via multiple performances … Continue reading Rules Do Not a Good Boy Make: My Year as a Sixth-Grade Terrorist

The Recovering Fundamentalist: An Entertaining and Fun Podcast About the IFB Movement

by John Ellis For those who didn’t grow up in it, the world of fundamentalism is beyond weird; it’s utterly foreign. How do you make sense of rules that often include things like prohibitions on women wearing pants and the condemnation of music with syncopation and watching movies in the movie theater? For those of … Continue reading The Recovering Fundamentalist: An Entertaining and Fun Podcast About the IFB Movement

A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 18 “Saved by Grace”

(The previous chapters can be found by clicking on A Godless Fundamentalist under Topics on the right hand side of this page. To receive email notifications whenever subsequent chapters are published, hit the follow button.) by John Ellis Minus a rudely interrupted nap under a tree at a rest area in Nebraska, a couple hours … Continue reading A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 18 “Saved by Grace”

A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 17 “California”

(The previous chapters can be found by clicking on A Godless Fundamentalist under Topics on the right hand side of this page. To receive email notifications whenever subsequent chapters are published, hit the follow button.) by John Ellis It didn’t take long for my reason for moving to San Francisco to morph into my theatre … Continue reading A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 17 “California”

A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 16 “The Pigsty Part 2”

(The previous chapters can be found by clicking on A Godless Fundamentalist under Topics on the right hand side of this page. To receive email notifications whenever subsequent chapters are published, hit the follow button.) by John Ellis The apartment was unusually dark and quiet when I opened the door. No low hum from the … Continue reading A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 16 “The Pigsty Part 2”

A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 15 “The Pigsty Part 1”

(The previous chapters can be found by clicking on A Godless Fundamentalist under Topics on the right hand side of this page. To receive email notifications whenever subsequent chapters are published, hit the follow button.) by John Ellis Looking back over my journal entries from my Jack Kerouac inspired cross-country pilgrimage, journal entries that stop … Continue reading A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 15 “The Pigsty Part 1”

A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 14 “A Jack Kerouac Inspired Pilgrimage”

(The previous chapters can be found by clicking on A Godless Fundamentalist under Topics on the right hand side of this page. To receive email notifications whenever subsequent chapters are published, hit the follow button.) by John Ellis The Pensacola I found in January of 2003 was not the Pensacola I had left in 1998. … Continue reading A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 14 “A Jack Kerouac Inspired Pilgrimage”

A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 13 “The Unraveling Begins”

(The previous chapters can be found by clicking on A Godless Fundamentalist under Topics on the right hand side of this page. To receive email notifications whenever subsequent chapters are published, hit the follow button.) by John Ellis As 2002 began, I found myself living in Atlanta, GA. Over the previous three years, I had … Continue reading A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 13 “The Unraveling Begins”

A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 12 “Freedom, Finally”

(The previous chapters can be found by clicking on A Godless Fundamentalist under Topics on the right hand side of this page. To receive email notifications whenever subsequent chapters are published, hit the follow button.) by John Ellis In December of 1997, the Oscar winning film Good Will Hunting was released. I watched it three … Continue reading A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 12 “Freedom, Finally”

A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 11 “My Career as a BJU Dorm Student Ends”

(The previous chapters can be found by clicking on A Godless Fundamentalist under Topics on the right hand side of this page. To receive email notifications whenever subsequent chapters are published, hit the follow button.) by John Ellis I was perfectly happy minding my own business, enjoying my freedom, and looking for a job when … Continue reading A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 11 “My Career as a BJU Dorm Student Ends”