Christians Should Not Support President Trump in 2020

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters as he takes the stage for a campaign event in Dallas, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

by John Ellis

Leading up to the 2016 Presidential Election, I had started to generate some noise as a #NeverTrump writer. Becoming increasingly engaged in politics was exhilarating, and I began to understand the allure of rubbing shoulders with those in power. My articles brought me attention and I enjoyed it (death threats and all). I was having fun and beginning to see “John Ellis, Political Writer” on my future business cards.

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The Chosen: A New Multi-Episode Series About the Life of Christ

by John Ellis

VidAngel is producing a new multi-episode series about the life of Christ. The first episode is about the birth of Jesus and I reviewed it for my new site Experimental Theatre and Theology. You can read that review by clicking here.

If you haven’t already done so, please consider following my new site Experimental Theatre and Theology.

The Final Post (Maybe) on A Day In His Court


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by John Ellis

The time has finally arrived for me to really say goodbye (maybe) to A Day In His Court. It’s been a good run. It’s been a fun run that has also taught me a lot about writing. But I won’t rehash what I’ve already written in A Goodbye to A Day In His Court. Instead, with this final (maybe) post, I want to point you in the direction of where I’m now at.

Over the last couple of months, with the advice and help of friends, past theatre colleagues, and, most importantly, my incredibly supportive and beautiful wife, I’ve been working to restart my dormant theatre career. This revelation, of course, while probably not be a complete revelation to most and will most likely raise more questions than I will answer here in this final (maybe) post on A Day In His Court.

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Happy 13th Birthday to My Daughter


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by John Ellis

Thirteen years ago, on this day, our daughter was born. The day before Infinity was born, Greenville, SC suffered a severe ice storm, and most of the community was without power. The hospital let us stay until power had been restored to our apartment.

I’ll never forgot strapping the car seat containing this tiny, new person with curious eyes that were far more alert than I thought a newborn’s eyes should be into the backseat of our car. We were responsible for her, and, in that moment, I realized how little control I had over the world around me. Sure, I could manage my own driving, making sure my hands were at ten-and-two, looking both ways before venturing into intersections, constantly checking my mirrors and blind spots, and driving just below the speed limit. The other drivers, though, were all incompetent idiots that day, and it’s a wonder I didn’t have a heart attack or stroke as I desperately strove to get our precious package safely home.

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A Goodbye to A Day In His Court

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by John Ellis

After four years, the time has come to say goodbye to A Day In His Court.

When I started this blog, I did so with the goal of being able to monetize it. While I never achieved that, the writing skills I learned and honed while writing posts for A Day In His Court played a large role in helping me land (and keep) a writing job with PJ Media. Ironically, the time I spend writing for this blog is money out of my pocket because it’s time that I could spend writing for PJ Media. And while that’s one of the reasons why I believe that the time has come to shutter A Day In His Court, it’s not the only reason. In fact, it’s not the most important reason.

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A Case for Church Membership as Biblically Required


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by John Ellis

The topic of church membership can be quite contentious. Eschewing organized religion, some professing Christians believe that churches are unnecessary at best and promote hypocrisy and division at worst. Others accept the need for churches but deny that church membership is Biblical. For them, church membership is an extra-Biblical requirement taught by those more concerned about power than about unity and love. “After all,” they protest, “I don’t need to be a member of a church to know that I am a child of God.”

For many Christians, though, church membership is simply white noise; something they dutifully do because it’s what is done. But they do so without giving much thought as to why.

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Halloween Versus Reformation Day: To Trick-or-Treat or Not to Trick-or-Treat?

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by John Ellis

Tomorrow is October 31, generally called either Halloween or Reformation Day. And, sadly, it’s one of the more divisive days of the year among followers of Jesus. Many have entrenched positions about the day over which they are willing to do battle on social media. Guilt is heaped. Eyes are rolled. Minor fallacies are flung near and far. Egos are bruised. On both sides, self-righteousness threatens to raise its ugly, unfruitful, and divisive head.

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