Why Sex Outside of Marriage Is a Sin

by John Ellis Below in italics is my attempted re-creation of a story I haven’t read in at least three decades. No doubt, my blatant plagiarism contains some errors. My apologies to the author, whomever that might be. I’ve also attempted to remain true to the original story’s thematic tone and objective – a tone … Continue reading Why Sex Outside of Marriage Is a Sin

The Gospel and Poverty

“Blessed is the one who considers the poor.” Psalm 41:1 by John Ellis In 2011, successful Wall Street bond trader Chris Arnade walked into one of the Bronx’s worst neighborhoods. Prior to his foray into America’s world of poverty, Arnade was warned that “it was too dangerous, too poor.”[1] He didn’t care and went anyway. … Continue reading The Gospel and Poverty

The Necessity of Christ's Active Obedience in Salvation

by John Ellis During membership interviews at my previous church, the elders ask the prospective member to briefly share the gospel. It’s not asked as a membership test; if you forget to include Jesus’ Resurrection, you don’t fail and aren’t prevented from joining the church. The question is asked because the gospel is central to … Continue reading The Necessity of Christ's Active Obedience in Salvation

Death's Unnatural Intrusion Into Childhood

(I wrote this in early 2016, and it remains one of my favorite articles that I've written.) by John Ellis Assuming normal physiology, humans don’t begin to taste deeply of physical death until sometime in their twenties. The day to day existence of children is punctuated by life. The brain is awakening – new sounds, … Continue reading Death's Unnatural Intrusion Into Childhood

How to Convince an Atheist that God Exists

by John Ellis Many Christians appear to hold the mistaken belief that atheism is a cheap cop-out. Atheists are often viewed as cowards who don’t really believe what they say they believe; it’s merely a position that’s adopted for the sake of being allowed to live a life freed from any moral authority, it’s assumed. … Continue reading How to Convince an Atheist that God Exists

How Many Christmas Presents Should Christian Parents Buy Their Children?

by John Ellis The final day of school before Christmas break was a big day for my family. It was the day we got our Christmas tree. After cleaning her classroom and packing up all the assorted gifts she had received from her students, my mom, with help from me and my siblings, would take … Continue reading How Many Christmas Presents Should Christian Parents Buy Their Children?

Being Saved versus Am Saved

by John Ellis The colloquial aphorism "saved by the skin of his teeth" was an integral part of the theological lexicon of my youth. To be clear, it wasn’t part of my personal lexicon; it was, however, uttered on a fairly regular basis by the preachers, Bible teachers, and other assorted authority figures that stood … Continue reading Being Saved versus Am Saved