Critiquing Complementarianism: Are Men and Women Different?

by John Ellis Critiquing complementarianism is risky business. Doing so carries the substantial prospect that you will be accused of being ideologically somewhere on the slippery slope that terminates with being voted Grand Marshall of Key West’s Pride Parade. And I get it. Really, I do. Considering the wild and wacky times in which we … Continue reading Critiquing Complementarianism: Are Men and Women Different?

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

The Purity Culture’s Sins: Holiness Is Not Self-Serving

by John Ellis Without any trace of shame, my friend turned on his barstool, looked me in the eyes, and said, “I regret not having had sex before I got married. I only know what it’s like to have sex with one woman and feel like I’m missing out.” In the aftermath of his confession, … Continue reading The Purity Culture’s Sins: Holiness Is Not Self-Serving

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 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?