by John Ellis For the first three decades of my life, my native Floridian father scoffed at tourists, Yankee transplants, and anyone else who took preemptive measures beyond simply boarding up their windows whenever hurricanes would threaten the Panhandle. While in high school, I laughed along with my dad as he mocked the Pensacola Christian … Continue reading Is Social Distancing a Christ-Like Response to Covid-19?
(Catch up with the series by clicking here to read the Introduction and Prologue as well as Chapter 1, and if you’re interested in keeping up with series, hit the follow button on the right hand side of this page and you will receive an email notification when each new chapter is published.) by John … Continue reading A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 2
(Catch up with the series by clicking here to read the Introduction and Prologue and if you're interested in keeping up with series, hit the follow button on the right hand side of the page and you will receive an email notification when each new chapter is published.) by John Ellis On August 2, 1975, … Continue reading A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 1
by John Ellis (Many of my friends and family members ask me when I'm going to republish my memoir. It's for them I've decided to begin posting the chapters on this blog. For those who read the original version, I have rewritten, edited, rewritten again, edited some more, and rewritten one last time. Much of … Continue reading A Godless Fundamentalist: Introduction and Prologue
by John Ellis Besides serving as pastors in Peoria, IL, Gary Geer and Jason Alligood also host a podcast wonderfully titled The Walrus & The Carpenter. They first had me on a little over two years ago. I had fun. They had fun. And I'd like to think I said some things worth listening to. … Continue reading Talking Apologetics With The Walrus & The Carpenter
by John Ellis Without any trace of shame, my friend turned on his barstool, looked me in the eyes, and said, “I regret not having had sex before I got married. I only know what it’s like to have sex with one woman and feel like I’m missing out.” In the aftermath of his confession, … Continue reading The Purity Culture’s Sins: Holiness Is Not Self-Serving
by John Ellis As a general rule, my wife and I do not celebrate Valentine’s Day. By no means are we opposed to the holiday. But as newlyweds, attempting to live on my theatre artist’s “salary,” we decided that instead of being locked into certain days – Valentine’s Day, our anniversary, birthdays, etc. – we … Continue reading Valentine’s Day Played a Role in My Salvation