The Civil War Wasn’t Just Fought Over Slavery; It Was Fought Because the South Wanted to Expand Slavery

by John Ellis A little over a year after the Supreme Court handed down the ruling in Dredd Scott v. Sanford, Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous “House Divided” speech. The speech, delivered upon Lincon’s acceptance of the Illinois Republican Party’s nomination for U.S. Senator, contained what was going to become a centerpiece in the future … Continue reading The Civil War Wasn’t Just Fought Over Slavery; It Was Fought Because the South Wanted to Expand Slavery

The Gospel Coalition Debates Gun Control

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

Trauma, Counseling, and the Christian

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

In Praise of My Wife: Danita’s New-ish Venture

by John Ellis It’s the rare person who doesn’t fall in love with my wife upon meeting her. Friends old and new frequently marvel at her many talents and give thanks for the myriad ways in which she has encouraged and served them. Meeting Danita inevitably means falling in love with her. I know the … Continue reading In Praise of My Wife: Danita’s New-ish Venture

DeSantis versus Disney: Political Theatre at Its Finest

by John Ellis Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is going to being the next President of the United States. Mark my words. Sitting at his new desk during his first day in the Oval Office, the top of his to-do-list should remind him to “Send Disneyworld a gift basket.” I’m not saying that he will owe … Continue reading DeSantis versus Disney: Political Theatre at Its Finest

The Colson Center, God, Quantum Physics, and Univocity of Being

by John Ellis The question, “Does God use quantum theory, too?” was posed in a recent Breakpoint podcast episode (at least in the title). The episode is short – very short – at only 1 minute and 5 seconds long. It begins by referencing science writer John Horgans’ claim that, “Quantum mechanics is science’s most … Continue reading The Colson Center, God, Quantum Physics, and Univocity of Being

Preachiness Doesn’t Damage Art; Bad “Artists” Damage Art

by John Ellis Words are a funny thing. I don’t remember who said it – Winnie the Pooh, maybe? – but the observation has been made that words don’t stay where they’re put. If the Fall and Fall’s Curse (not to mention the Tower of Babel) are true, and I believe they are, this is … Continue reading Preachiness Doesn’t Damage Art; Bad “Artists” Damage Art

For the Love of Myths, Fast-Food Chains, and Fungible Truth: How Expressive Individualism Determines “Truth”

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”

The Art(Lessness) of Manliness

by John Ellis With the help of a friend, I once installed a new toilet in the upstairs bathroom of my house. In hindsight, we should’ve asked our wives to do it; they’re both far more capable than we are. But we didn’t. They were downstairs, and would’ve been willing to do it, I’m guessing. … Continue reading The Art(Lessness) of Manliness

Critical Race Theory: Read It for Yourself

by John Ellis Of late, friends and acquaintances ask me about Critical Race Theory (CRT) more than any other single topic. I am more than happy to answer their questions and engage in dialogue about CRT as best I can. To date, though, I have yet to have a face-to-face discussion about CRT with anyone … Continue reading Critical Race Theory: Read It for Yourself