Date Night: The Joshua Tree Live

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by John Ellis

This evening, U2 stops in Washington DC on the band’s The Joshua Tree tour. Released thirty years ago, en route to selling over 25 million copies, The Joshua Tree propelled U2 to superstar status. Containing the singles “With or Without You,” “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” and “Where the Streets Have No Name,”[1] The Joshua Tree is one of the greatest albums in rock history. Depending on the day, it’s also my favorite album of all time; it’s biggest competition being Achtung Baby, another U2 album. In fact, when asked, I usually name U2 as my favorite band of all time. All that combined has left me as giddily excited as a ten-year-old on Christmas Eve as I impatiently count down the remaining hours before tonight’s concert.

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Weekend Reading: 6/17

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by John Ellis

I freely and happily admit that I have cribbed this idea from many other writers and bloggers. So be it. A good idea is a good idea, right? There is so much content vying for our attention on the internet, it’s often hard to find the diamond in the rough, so to speak. Although, there are plenty of diamonds hidden throughout the interwebs. That fact means that aggregate sites are useful, and websites and blogs that devote articles and posts to serving as an aggregate for interesting and/or useful content are likewise useful. While I have next to zero desire for this blog to become an aggregate site, or even provide daily posts that offer some help to my friends and readers uncovering some diamonds that they may have missed, a weekly post seems fun for me and possibly profitable for others.

Below, are several of the more interesting articles and blog posts that I read over the last week. Enjoy.

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A Christian Defense of Capitalism

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It’s only been seven years since I embraced the truth that capitalism is the economic system that best provides society with the chance to obey the Bible’s commands to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and care for the oppressed. If you’re doing the math, and you know my age (41), that’s a mere 17% of my life. The rest of the time, I was either a child, a burgeoning Marxist, an actual Marxist, or a increasingly skeptical socialist (increasingly skeptical of socialism, that is). My journey to believing that the free market is the best economic system lagged a bit behind my journey from leftist social politics to Biblical social politics (you can read about some of that journey by clicking here).

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5 Ways to Get Your Kids off Technology and Outside This Summer

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by John Ellis

Children today need to be technologically literate. Obviously, that doesn’t mean that children should have unfettered access to technology. Finding a balance is the tricky part. Helping parents find that balance, most school districts across the country provide opportunities for students to learn about and use many forms of technology. There’s little reason for kids to have large amounts of screen time while at home.

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The Southern Baptist Convention Should Pass the Resolution Denouncing the Alt-Right

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by John Ellis

At the time of my writing this, the Southern Baptist Convention has yet to decide whether to denounce the alt-right or not. My understanding is that they should make a decision sometime this afternoon. Even if the SBC does denounce the alt-right, and I pray that they do, this article is still relevant. If they don’t, then I may need to write an addendum (I may need to write an addendum if they do renounce).

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Why Michael Jordan’s Bulls Would Beat the 2017 Golden State Warriors

 

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I didn’t write about the flu game, but I could’ve and probably should’ve.

 

by John Ellis

Just a few days ago, I was rooting for the Golden State Warriors to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2017 NBA Finals. I now regret that. Although, to be honest, I would be saying a similar thing had I rooted for the Cavs and had they won. Down either choose-your-own-adventure path lies the nonsensical comparisons to Michael Jeffrey Jordan and the Chicago Bulls dynasty of the 1990s.

My only reason for rooting for the Warriors is that I’m hoping that people will finally stop placing LeChoke LeBron in the GOAT comparisons with Michael Jordan. It’s just … NO! Well, it happened, LeBrick LeBron was unable to beat the Warriors. Except, the law of unintended consequences is now punishing me for rooting for the Warriors. People are busy debating how much better the 2017 Golden State Warriors are than Michael Jordan’s Bulls.

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The Public Theatre’s Assassination of Donald Trump and the Hypocrisy of Conservatives

 

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by John Ellis

The New York City Public Theatre’s famed Shakespeare in the Park finds itself embroiled in controversy over its production of Julius Caesar. Utilizing a contemporary setting, the theatre obviously intends for the audience to see President Donald Trump as Julius Caesar, or vice-versa. From the red tie, blue suit, penchant for tweeting, and the iconic “Donald hair,” the Public Theatre is making a not-intended-to-be-subtle statement with the portrayal of the character Julius Caesar. If you’re familiar with the play, you then know that Trump/Caesar is assassinated in Act 3 scene 1. For the record, I’m quite confident that the statement the production team is trying to make is not that President Donald Trump should be assassinated. More than likely, the statement revolves around things like authoritarianism and political violence.

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