Up Next at Bob Jones University: Casting Crowns Playing the FMA Stage?

by John Ellis It seems that Bob Jones University is likely going to make it to its 100th anniversary after all. After weeks of very real angst on the part of current students, faculty, staff, and concerned alumni, the university’s Board of Trustees has awarded current President and CEO Steve Pettit another three-year contract. Yesterday … Continue reading Up Next at Bob Jones University: Casting Crowns Playing the FMA Stage?

The (Possible) Slow, Strange Suicide of Bob Jones University

by John Ellis 1700 Wade Hampton Blvd in Greenville, SC, has had a strong gravitational pull in my life going all the way back to my first memories. Even as a nearly fifty-year-old man who holds zero degrees from Bob Jones University (although I was a student there for a grand total of almost twelve … Continue reading The (Possible) Slow, Strange Suicide of Bob Jones University

My Daughter, Virginia Woolf, and Kids Disagreeing With Their Parents

by John Ellis For a project in high school, I wrote an editorial calling for my school to drop the school uniform policy in favor of a policy allowing students to wear the clothes of their choice (with the understanding that there would still be a dress code). Since my school didn’t teach rhetoric and … Continue reading My Daughter, Virginia Woolf, and Kids Disagreeing With Their Parents

Relational Theatre: ‘Boxing God’

by John Ellis Opening the card from Mrs. Doris Harris, my Intro to Dramatic Interpretation professor, I had no idea how consequential a role her words were going to play in my life. “Misguided people have convinced you that you do not possess talent as a performer and storyteller. They are wrong. You are wrong. … Continue reading Relational Theatre: ‘Boxing God’

A Godless Fundamentalist

by John Ellis To help make it easier to read, I've posted links to each chapter in the story of how I went from being an atheist to a Christian. You can find those links below. Clicking the link will open a new tab to the corresponding chapter. This should be much easier than having … Continue reading A Godless Fundamentalist

A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 15 “The Pigsty Part 1”

(The previous chapters can be found by clicking on A Godless Fundamentalist under Topics on the right hand side of this page. To receive email notifications whenever subsequent chapters are published, hit the follow button.) by John Ellis Looking back over my journal entries from my Jack Kerouac inspired cross-country pilgrimage, journal entries that stop … Continue reading A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 15 “The Pigsty Part 1”

A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 14 “A Jack Kerouac Inspired Pilgrimage”

(The previous chapters can be found by clicking on A Godless Fundamentalist under Topics on the right hand side of this page. To receive email notifications whenever subsequent chapters are published, hit the follow button.) by John Ellis The Pensacola I found in January of 2003 was not the Pensacola I had left in 1998. … Continue reading A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 14 “A Jack Kerouac Inspired Pilgrimage”

A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 13 “The Unraveling Begins”

(The previous chapters can be found by clicking on A Godless Fundamentalist under Topics on the right hand side of this page. To receive email notifications whenever subsequent chapters are published, hit the follow button.) by John Ellis As 2002 began, I found myself living in Atlanta, GA. Over the previous three years, I had … Continue reading A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 13 “The Unraveling Begins”

A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 12 “Freedom, Finally”

(The previous chapters can be found by clicking on A Godless Fundamentalist under Topics on the right hand side of this page. To receive email notifications whenever subsequent chapters are published, hit the follow button.) by John Ellis In December of 1997, the Oscar winning film Good Will Hunting was released. I watched it three … Continue reading A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 12 “Freedom, Finally”

A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 11 “My Career as a BJU Dorm Student Ends”

(The previous chapters can be found by clicking on A Godless Fundamentalist under Topics on the right hand side of this page. To receive email notifications whenever subsequent chapters are published, hit the follow button.) by John Ellis I was perfectly happy minding my own business, enjoying my freedom, and looking for a job when … Continue reading A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 11 “My Career as a BJU Dorm Student Ends”