White Evangelicalism: Witness to the Wrong Resurrection – Chapter 2: The Folly of the Cross

by John Ellis “[I]n embodying the cross, the church throws into question Everyman’s everyday assumptions about the meaning of life and the human good.” Kevin Vanhoozer[1] Religion is not a private matter – true religion, that is. The cross demands otherwise. Multiple times, the Gospels record Jesus’ enjoinment to his disciples to take up their … Continue reading White Evangelicalism: Witness to the Wrong Resurrection – Chapter 2: The Folly of the Cross

Walter Mitty and the Silencing of Eschatological Despair

by John Ellis Movement fueled my childhood imagination. Gazing out the window of the family van on the way to school, the stops halted my imaginary exploits. The sandy grass, weeds, and fences whizzing by the window while the vehicle was in motion are what served as my muse. As grass gave way to asphalt … Continue reading Walter Mitty and the Silencing of Eschatological Despair

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

Thoughts on Deconversion Stories From Someone Who Never Wanted to Become a Christian

“Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.” Romans 9:13 by John Ellis Over the last few years, the phenomenon of deconversion stories from once celebrity “Christians” has swept the social imaginary of conservative evangelicals. And it’s not just celebrity “Christians” who have embraced rebellion. Few evangelicals have been spared from watching family and close friends … Continue reading Thoughts on Deconversion Stories From Someone Who Never Wanted to Become a Christian

White Evangelicalism: Witnesses to the Wrong Resurrection – Chapter 1: The State of Evangelicalism in America

by John Ellis “The temptations of political and cultural power have been strong for white evangelicals.”[1] Thomas Kidd A recent poll conducted by Pew Research uncovered that 36 percent of self-professing evangelicals in America believe that causal sex is sometimes or always acceptable. Pew defines casual sex as “sex between two consenting adults who are … Continue reading White Evangelicalism: Witnesses to the Wrong Resurrection – Chapter 1: The State of Evangelicalism in America

White Evangelicalism: Witnesses to the Wrong Resurrection – Introduction

by John Ellis White evangelicals in America have a problem.[1] Well, problems. So much so, in fact, that the fault lines have grown to the point where the white evangelical church in America appears to be on the verge of being rendered irreparably asunder into multiple factions. An argument can be made that these factions … Continue reading White Evangelicalism: Witnesses to the Wrong Resurrection – Introduction

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

Apparently, I Am a Mother and a Wife (Except I’m Not)

by John Ellis In a recent article, Scott Sauls asks men and women to consider their gendered selves and to strive to connect as men and women for God's glory and the good of the Kingdom. Amen, and ... amen? As a way into into his argument, Sauls leans on the bestseller Men Are from … Continue reading Apparently, I Am a Mother and a Wife (Except I’m Not)

Do You Read Primary Sources? If Not, You Should

by John Ellis I’m enjoying working through Stuart Hackett’s The Resurrection of Theism: Prolegomena to Christian Apologetics. A dense book, in which Dr. Hackett interacts and contends with some of the world’s greatest thinkers throughout the ages as he makes his argument, it does not make for breezy reading. The Resurrection of Theism most likely … Continue reading Do You Read Primary Sources? If Not, You Should

Political Theology (Part 1): What’s In a Question?

by John Ellis Preface: Dear reader, thank you for clicking on this article. I’m assuming that there is a good chance that this is not the first article of mine that you have read. You may even know me personally. However, if this article is your introduction to me and my writing, no worries, this … Continue reading Political Theology (Part 1): What’s In a Question?