White Nationalism, Gun Violence, and Donald Trump’s Complicity


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by John Ellis

In January 2016, the pastor of a small Baptist church in Alabama made national news after he sent a letter rife with racism and anti-immigrant sentiments to the editor of the The Alabama Baptist. The letter (which can be read in full here) contains a barrage of hateful rhetoric and proudly and demonically crows the unbiblical claim that, “It is not a matter of loving your neighbor. My neighbors are the people that value the same standards of life and way of life that I value.”

As a “Baptist pastor,” Ted Sessoms should be very familiar with Jesus’ Parable of the Good Samaritan. Apparently, though, he’s not.

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Unfinished Theatre Business


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by John Ellis

The first time I truly stepped through the fourth wall while acting, merging the world of imagination with the world of reality, I was terrified. So much so, I almost didn’t make it to my seat at the table where expectant, half-smiling audience members sat, staring at me. Every instinct I had was screaming for me to stay behind the door jamb serving as a stand-in for the proscenium arch.

No bright stage lights. No break between seats and stage. No flimsily constructed set where I lived and which the audience was only allowed to observe from a distance. No tacitly agreed upon relationship that kept me over here and the audience over there. There was nothing to hide behind as I sat down and began the play, making eye contact with the audience as I spoke directly to them.

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Netflix Does Not Care About Your Sanctification


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by John Ellis

A couple of days ago, a friend mentioned how he had watched (started to watch) a movie from his childhood with his kids. “I forgot what was in it,” he confessed. “It was terrible!”

That started a brief conversation about how the MPAA ratings system works and how in the mid-eighties Tipper Gore helped change the content in movies. This may seem counter-intuitive to many people, but the movies of the seventies and the early eighties were generally much filthier and contained more nudity and explicit sexuality than the movies released from the mid-eighties until recently.

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NASCAR, Beto O’Rourke, Donald Trump, and Transgenderism

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by John Ellis

It’s that time again. Time to “dump” some of my favorite PJ Media articles into a blog post. The topics I write about for PJ Media are quite varied; the list below covers vegan electricity to how a NASCAR drive lost a sponsorship because his father used a racial slur three decades ago to the Texas GOP inadvertently campaigning for the Democrat Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke to Trump lying (again) to overrated beers. If you do click over to the articles, be sure to read the comments, many of them are quite amusing.

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Comparing the Confederate Flag to Planned Parenthood

 

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by John Ellis

I write a lot of articles. To be frank, I promptly forget many of them. Not this one, though. Below is a link to one of my favorite articles that I’ve written for PJ Media. And that’s all the lead-in/hype that I believe the article needs. Click the link below to read it.

https://pjmedia.com/trending/planned-parenthood-and-the-confederate-flag-have-something-in-common/

Marijuana, WNBA, Leaving Facebook, Racism, and an Assortment of Articles

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by John Ellis

I write between 25 to 50 articles a month for PJ Media. In the past, to help my blog readers keep up, I used to link to the articles. I don’t remember why, but for some reason I stopped doing that.

The thing is, over the last few months I’ve written some articles that I’m proud of and would like to share with my blog readers. Below are fifteen links to articles that I’ve written over the last six months or so that I believe are worthy of your time. Using the comment section, please let me know which articles you find most interesting and/or compelling. Thank you for reading.

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Catching Up

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It has been almost two weeks since I’ve published anything on this blog. However, that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been publishing articles at all; the two things are connected.

Two weeks ago, I was given a promotion, of sorts, at PJ Media. On top of my eight to twelve regular articles a month, I am now tasked with writing ten short-ish, news-type articles for the Faith section. It’s been quite an adjustment to my schedule.

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