Corporate Wendy’s Is Being Blocked from Europe by a Few Stubborn Dutchmen

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by John Ellis

This is my favorite story of the year, so far. Not only do the actions of these proud, stubborn Dutchmen make me want to visit Goes, Holland, I want to move there so that I can eat at Wendy’s Fish & Chips every day for the rest of my life. Do yourself a favor and clink the link below to my latest PJ Media article and read how a few stubborn Dutchmen are blocking a corporate behemoth from an entire continent.

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Marriage Isn’t About Children, Because Marriage Isn’t About Us


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by John Ellis

What is marriage? Ask that question of people passing by on the street, and the number of different answers will most likely match the number of people asked. Frankly, the lack of a clear definition of marriage within our culture is a major reason why LGBTQ activists are so successful at redefining it. Since there is no single authoritative definition, all definitions become equally valid. That’s not to say that many conservatives aren’t pushing back and attempting to use definitions to set boundaries. No doubt, the conservatives in the hypothetical street-poll above would all include “between a man and a woman” in their definition. While that’s not wrong, it’s incomplete.

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Getting ‘A Godless Fundamentalist’ Published


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by John Ellis

Getting a book published is not easy, nor should it be. As readers, we assume that the gate-keepers (the publishers) are doing a good job of vetting the manuscripts that eventually are turned into books and then marketed to us. The publishing industry does not owe aspiring authors an ear much less a book deal. Their responsibilities are pointed towards the readers, their employees, and their employers. Because I realize that, I do not underestimate the privilege of having my book read and considered by two publishing houses. It’s rare to get a manuscript before a publication committee. However, my appreciation for the process doesn’t mean that I’m immune to the struggles and discouragements of the whole thing.

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A Godless Fundamentalist: Introduction

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by John Ellis

In 1994, Douglas Coupland, the voice of Gen X, published Life after God. A collection of short stories, the book gave voice to the belief that my generation was “the first generation raised without God.”

Beyond just seeing the release of one of Gen X’s seminal works of art, 1994 was notable in my life for seeing me graduate from high school. And while it’s true that the world around me was busy erasing God, the aisle I marched down to receive my diploma led to a platform from which I had been force-fed God for years.

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6th Grade Terrorists (or, What Happens When Heathens Take Control at a Christian School)


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by John Ellis

Spelling is not a forte of mine. As a writer, red squiggly lines are my friend. Words like “Wednesday,” “indubitably,” and “cornucopia” are beyond my ability to remember how to spell correctly. One word I’ll never misspell, though, is obedience. The spelling of that word was drilled into me via multiple performances at church and school of the Patch the Pirate song titled “Obedience.”

The chorus includes a chant of the word’s spelling –  “O-B-E-D-I-E-N-C-E” – followed by the lyrics, “obedience is the very best way to show that you believe.” Is the song wrong? No. Was it used as part of a larger program of a Christian version of B.F. Skinner’s behaviorism? Sort of. Enough to be problematic, but not so much as to stray into heresy.

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Christians and Coming Out Redux


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by John Ellis

When I wrote “Christians and Coming Out” a little over four years ago, I was writing for a music website and the main thrust of my writing was in a different direction than it is today. Writing and publishing it, though, had a greater impact on my writing (and life) than I realized it would at the time. It ended up being one of those things where I wrote words but without any real understanding of those words import until after the fact. That worked out in two main ways that ultimately converged.

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Make Finding a Church a Priority When Moving

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by John Ellis

Moving to a new city and/or state is often stressful, yet it also brings the excitement of newness and adventure. Whatever excitement exists, though, is quickly overshadowed by the mountain of stuff to get done. With all the whirling parts involved in changing residences, moving is basically a full-time job. While packing and planning for the move, checking off items on the to-do list frequently reveals that the to-do list is incomplete; the list seemingly never gets shorter, only longer. More boxes are needed, forgotten closets that are crammed full of stuff are discovered, yard sales and utilities and doctors and schools and the DMV and changing your address and on-and-on-and-on, and no matter how organized and prepared you are, it will inevitably be revealed that you forgot something.

Sadly, one thing that many Christians fail to account for when moving from one area to another is church. The thought process is frequently that a new church can be found upon arrival. That is a mistake – possibly a tragic mistake.

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