Did David Rape Bathsheba?

by John Ellis If this article’s title is the first time you’ve ever been confronted with this question, count yourself lucky. Please don’t misunderstand; I’m not dismissing the question. It contains and touches on important points of application. By “count yourself lucky,” I’m referring to how this question has roiled the internet, specifically Twitter, in … Continue reading Did David Rape Bathsheba?

Kingdom Ethics: Equality of Outcomes versus Equality of Opportunities

by John Ellis A good friend of mine texted me a YouTube video containing a clip from a recent (year old) Real Time with Bill Maher episode. The title itself, “New Rule: Equality of Outcomes,” combined with knowing what I know about Bill Maher, was enough to generate an eyeroll from me. The clip itself? … Continue reading Kingdom Ethics: Equality of Outcomes versus Equality of Opportunities

Wanting An Audience Is (Can Be) God Honoring

by John Ellis I recently finished rereading Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis, who is one of my favorite authors. The book, a satirical take on Christian fundamentalism in America, earned book bans and burnings across the country as well as threats of violence towards its author. However, being a powerful and incisively cutting, if flawed, … Continue reading Wanting An Audience Is (Can Be) God Honoring

Lessons Christians in America Can Learn from ‘Coolidge’ by Amity Shlaes

“If the federal government were to go out of business, the common run of people would not detect the difference.” Calvin Coolidge By John Ellis Calvin Coolidge is a hero (maybe the hero) for old-school conservatives who still stubbornly cling to the classical liberalism that was long valued but now scorned by the bulk of … Continue reading Lessons Christians in America Can Learn from ‘Coolidge’ by Amity Shlaes

Seventeen Years and Counting: Our Doomed (On Paper) Marriage

by John Ellis Seventeen years ago today, Danita and I married. From a human standpoint, there’s no way we should work. And that’s taking into account one of the most profound statements uttered in the late 20th century. In 1988, the oft overlooked philosopher Paula Abdul published her seminal treatise and taught us all that … Continue reading Seventeen Years and Counting: Our Doomed (On Paper) Marriage

Recommended Juneteenth Reading: ‘A Question of Freedom’ by R. Dwayne Betts

by John Ellis I’ve recently finished reading A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison, a thought provoking and engaging book. It’s power and truth are of such importance that I believe white people should read it, even (especially) if it makes them uncomfortable. There are many reasons … Continue reading Recommended Juneteenth Reading: ‘A Question of Freedom’ by R. Dwayne Betts

Claiming Rock Music is the Devil’s Music Is, In Fact, a Devilish Claim

by John Ellis My pastor, while quoting a Nirvana lyric during a sermon, accidentally got the number of years that have passed since the song’s release wrong, and then looked at me in way that even my non-Nirvana fan wife picked up on. After the service, he made a beeline to me – well, as … Continue reading Claiming Rock Music is the Devil’s Music Is, In Fact, a Devilish Claim

The Problem With Trying to Redeem Work: Some Jobs Aren’t ‘Good’ and Some Work Isn’t ‘Noble’

by John Ellis In a recent article published by RNS, journalist Kathryn Post warns about finding our meaning in our work. She doesn’t argue that work can’t be meaningful but makes the case that the recent push to find meaning in work is swiftly becoming a replacement for the institutions of family, religion, and the … Continue reading The Problem With Trying to Redeem Work: Some Jobs Aren’t ‘Good’ and Some Work Isn’t ‘Noble’

Christian Nationalism: The Coming Storm of Persecution

by John Ellis I have publicly asserted that religious persecution for Christians living in this country is coming, an assertion that many white evangelicals whole-heartedly amen. Except, contra most white evangelicals, I believe that the persecution of followers of Jesus is likely going to arrive from the right (Republicans) first and not the left. For … Continue reading Christian Nationalism: The Coming Storm of Persecution

The Second Amendment: Conservative’s Moloch

Image by Otto Pankok (1893-1966) by John Ellis A mere twenty-seven words hold this nation hostage. Well known, but not necessarily understood, the Second Amendment states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Those words, … Continue reading The Second Amendment: Conservative’s Moloch