The Idol of Unity Is Undermining the Evangelical Witness

by John Ellis I speak from experience. As a pastor, I elevated unity above honesty, courage, and integrity. Because therein lies the path of least resistance. For a brief time, I was a pastor in a reformed-ish Southern Baptist affiliated church. And I’ve observed in other pastors what I’m about to write. What’s more, pastor … Continue reading The Idol of Unity Is Undermining the Evangelical Witness

A Tribute to My Mom

My mom with her her precious grandkids a few weeks before she met Jesus face-to-face. by John Ellis Years before the most recent financial crisis turned “staycation” into a buzzword, my mom was planning our family’s staycations. As a Christian schoolteacher married to an independent, fundamentalist Baptist pastor, she turned resourcefulness into a finely honed … Continue reading A Tribute to My Mom

Amillennialism and the Binding of Satan

by John Ellis After moving to the Orlando area, one of my family’s first priorities was finding a church family with whom to worship and serve our Creator and King in the power of the Holy Spirit. During our search we visited a few local churches that, on paper (their statement of faith), seemed to … Continue reading Amillennialism and the Binding of Satan

Systemic Racism Is Exhausting, But Not for Me

by John Ellis With the very first sentence of her powerful book I’m Still Here: Black Dignity In A World Made For Whiteness Austin Channing Brown confesses, “White people can be exhausting.” No doubt, the responses from many white people to that short sentence only serve to underscore Brown’s admission. I must admit, I’m not … Continue reading Systemic Racism Is Exhausting, But Not for Me

Guest Post: I Have Moses’ Fear, Not His Faith

by Pastor Jack Hush A Twitter user recently posed the question, “If you could only have three books of the Bible, which three would you choose?” Among the many responses, one semi-famous evangelical thought leader replied, “Genesis, Revelation, and Hebrews. I want to know where the Story began, where the Story ends, and whom the … Continue reading Guest Post: I Have Moses’ Fear, Not His Faith

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 18 “Saved by Grace”

(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 Minus a rudely interrupted nap under a tree at a rest area in Nebraska, a couple hours … Continue reading A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 18 “Saved by Grace”

A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 17 “California”

(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 It didn’t take long for my reason for moving to San Francisco to morph into my theatre … Continue reading A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 17 “California”

A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 16 “The Pigsty Part 2”

(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 apartment was unusually dark and quiet when I opened the door. No low hum from the … Continue reading A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 16 “The Pigsty Part 2”

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”