Kingdom Ethics: Equality of Outcomes versus Equality of Opportunities

by John Ellis A good friend of mine texted me a YouTube video containing a clip from a recent (year old) Real Time with Bill Maher episode. The title itself, “New Rule: Equality of Outcomes,” combined with knowing what I know about Bill Maher, was enough to generate an eyeroll from me. The clip itself? … Continue reading Kingdom Ethics: Equality of Outcomes versus Equality of Opportunities

Wanting An Audience Is (Can Be) God Honoring

by John Ellis I recently finished rereading Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis, who is one of my favorite authors. The book, a satirical take on Christian fundamentalism in America, earned book bans and burnings across the country as well as threats of violence towards its author. However, being a powerful and incisively cutting, if flawed, … Continue reading Wanting An Audience Is (Can Be) God Honoring

Claiming Rock Music is the Devil’s Music Is, In Fact, a Devilish Claim

by John Ellis My pastor, while quoting a Nirvana lyric during a sermon, accidentally got the number of years that have passed since the song’s release wrong, and then looked at me in way that even my non-Nirvana fan wife picked up on. After the service, he made a beeline to me – well, as … Continue reading Claiming Rock Music is the Devil’s Music Is, In Fact, a Devilish Claim

The Second Amendment: Conservative’s Moloch

Image by Otto Pankok (1893-1966) by John Ellis A mere twenty-seven words hold this nation hostage. Well known, but not necessarily understood, the Second Amendment states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Those words, … Continue reading The Second Amendment: Conservative’s Moloch

Absurdist Theatre and the Gospel: How Then Shall We Live? (Part 1)

by John Ellis Absurdist theatre has gotten a bad rap within conservative Christian communities. Whether it’s viewed as a postmodern rebellion against God, simply dismissed as some sort of aesthetic version of the emperor’s new clothes, or has never even crossed their radar, absurdist theatre is not the preferred theatre genre of most conservative Christians, … Continue reading Absurdist Theatre and the Gospel: How Then Shall We Live? (Part 1)

The Definitive Apologetic Answer Guide to Some of the Most Difficult Challenges to Christianity

by John Ellis Apologetics is a discipline that attracts much attention within Christianity, and for good reason. Atheism and agnosticism are on the rise. Even among non-atheists/non-agnostics, the rejection of long held beliefs about God, Jesus, and the Bible is seemingly the norm. Most of us have family members and friends who have rejected Christianity … Continue reading The Definitive Apologetic Answer Guide to Some of the Most Difficult Challenges to Christianity

Yes, I Am a ‘Woke’ Christian. No, I Have Not Drifted into Theological Compromise.

by John Ellis Have you ever heard of the Scottsboro Boys? Considered one of the most egregious examples of a racist miscarriage of justice in this country, nine Black men were wrongfully convicted of raping two white women in 1931. In the initial trial and subsequent retrials, Alabama juries, comprised of all white men (with … Continue reading Yes, I Am a ‘Woke’ Christian. No, I Have Not Drifted into Theological Compromise.

The Gospel Coalition Debates Gun Control

by John Ellis Chances are that the Second Amendment produces a strong emotion in many of us. And while emotions do contain epistemic value, strong emotions unchecked tend to create an unhelpful tunnel vision while in disagreement with others. Because of this, debates about gun control and the Second Amendment are often pointless endeavors, if … Continue reading The Gospel Coalition Debates Gun Control

Trauma, Counseling, and the Christian

by John Ellis Forgive me. While these are very deep waters, I am merely dipping my toes. Those who possess the desire for a full plunge will find their longing unfulfilled by the end of this article. So, again, forgive me if you’ve packed your scuba gear and spear gun in hopes of challenging yourself … Continue reading Trauma, Counseling, and the Christian

The Colson Center, God, Quantum Physics, and Univocity of Being

by John Ellis The question, “Does God use quantum theory, too?” was posed in a recent Breakpoint podcast episode (at least in the title). The episode is short – very short – at only 1 minute and 5 seconds long. It begins by referencing science writer John Horgans’ claim that, “Quantum mechanics is science’s most … Continue reading The Colson Center, God, Quantum Physics, and Univocity of Being