Rules Do Not a Good Boy Make: My Year as a Sixth-Grade Terrorist

by John Ellis Spelling is not a forte of mine. As a writer, red squiggly lines are my friend. Words like “Wednesday,” “indubitably,” and “cornucopia” are beyond my ability to remember how to spell correctly. One word I’ll never misspell, though, is obedience. The spelling of that word was drilled into me via multiple performances … Continue reading Rules Do Not a Good Boy Make: My Year as a Sixth-Grade Terrorist

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 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 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 10 “Back at BJU”

(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 While standing in the Snack Shop that first evening back after my unanticipated arrival on BJU's campus, … Continue reading A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 10 “Back at BJU”

A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 5

by John Ellis During my transition from a Christian day school to a Bob Jones University student, grunge music and its accompanying culture became my god. It didn’t happen overnight, though. The 1993-94 school year, my senior year, provided me with clarity about my beliefs, or lack thereof, as well as boldness to act on … Continue reading A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 5

A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 4

by John Ellis One of the sad ironies embedded in my authority figures devotion to protecting my testimony was that while they were busy guarding my external actions, Satan was further warping and hardening my rebellious heart of stone. Even if my authority figures had been successful in protecting me from outward acts of sin … Continue reading A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 4

A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 3

by John Ellis Every so often, I wish that my kids could have the schooling experience that I did. My time within the Christian school movement, from kindergarten through high school, was, for the most part, fun and contained a sense of community. I can’t help but wonder if my kids who attend public school … Continue reading A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 3

A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 2

by John Ellis Desiring sympathy and solidarity as we seek an autonomous existence apart from God isn’t new. That’s part of the trap our first parents, Adam and Eve, walked into. In Genesis 3, the Bible calls Serpent-Satan, “crafty.” He is beguiling and a master at feigning understanding through his soothing slither of commiserating words. … Continue reading A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 2

A Godless Fundamentalist: Introduction and Prologue

by John Ellis Introduction In 1994, Douglas Coupland, the unofficial spokesperson for Gen X, published Life after God. A collection of short stories, the book gave voice to the belief that my generation was “the first generation raised without God.” Beyond just seeing the release of one of Gen X’s seminal works of art, 1994 … Continue reading A Godless Fundamentalist: Introduction and Prologue