by John Ellis Absurdist theatre has gotten a bad rap within conservative Christian communities. Whether it’s viewed as a postmodern rebellion against God, simply dismissed as some sort of aesthetic version of the emperor’s new clothes, or has never even crossed their radar, absurdist theatre is not the preferred theatre genre of most conservative Christians, … Continue reading Absurdist Theatre and the Gospel: How Then Shall We Live? (Part 1)
by John Ellis Have you ever heard of the Scottsboro Boys? Considered one of the most egregious examples of a racist miscarriage of justice in this country, nine Black men were wrongfully convicted of raping two white women in 1931. In the original trial and subsequent retrials, Alabama juries, comprised of all white men (with … Continue reading Yes, I Am a ‘Woke’ Christian. No, I Have Not Drifted into Theological Compromise.
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
by John Ellis Forgive me. While these are very deep waters, I am merely dipping my toes. Those who possess the desire for a full plunge will find their longing unfulfilled by the end of this article. So, again, forgive me if you’ve packed your scuba gear and spear gun in hopes of challenging yourself … Continue reading Trauma, Counseling, and the Christian
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”
by John Ellis During his time as the Poet Laureate of the United States (2001-2003), Billy Collins created Poetry 180, a program designed to encourage high schoolers to engage poetry both meaningfully and enjoyably. In the introduction to the poetry anthology Collins compiled as a companion piece for the program, he offers a warning to … Continue reading Reading Genesis (Chapters 1 and 2) After the Scientific Revolution
by John Ellis We strive to be either icons or iconoclasts; we long to build up or to burn down. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the only thing that does both. That paradox, though, stokes rebellion in our heart. To be loved by the Most High God is an incalculable weight; a burden that … Continue reading The Paradox of the Gospel
by John Ellis Two of my favorite Facebook follows/friends are Esther Lightcap Meek and Bill Mallonee. Dr. Meek is philosopher who’s thoughtful (thought-provoking) work lives within the boundaries of art. Mallonee is an artist who’s thoughtful (thought-provoking) music lives within the boundaries of philosophy. And both speak into what it means to fruitfully engage the … Continue reading Knowing Requires Listening, But to Whom?
by John Ellis This week, I read with interest the two competing articles about deconstruction published on The Gospel Coalition’s website. The first, “What Would Jesus Deconstruct?” by James Walden and Greg Willson, argues for deconstruction’s ability to be a “positive reconstruction” of faith. The second article, “Why We Should Not Redeem ‘Deconstruction’” by Alisa … Continue reading Yes, You Should Deconstruct Your Faith
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