How the Holy Spirit Used Valentine’s Day to Draw Me to God the Father

valentine's dayby John Ellis

I love Valentine’s Day for a variety of reasons, and I’ve written about some of those reasons for PJ Media. For this post, however, I want to share a Valentine’s Day encounter that the Holy Spirit used to soften my heart.

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


parting is such sweet sorrow

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


infinity 13th bday post

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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Alarm Clocks, Skinned Knees, and My Mom’s Magic


band-aid-on-knee

by John Ellis

My mom possessed some sort of secret magic. Through some sort of wizardry, she made herself indispensable to me when I was a child. At the time, I believed myself to be fierce and independent. Preparing to battle invading commie armies, daydreaming about outwitting kidnappers, and plotting ways to capture dangerous wild animals, I didn’t need my mother I would scoff to myself. Only babies and wimps need their mom.

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An Update on the Book Deal for ‘A Godless Fundamentalist’

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by John Ellis

Most actors hate auditions. All actors hate the interim time period between the audition and finding out the result of the audition. I was no different.

During the days after an audition, working as an actor before the prevalence of emails, I was always worried that I wouldn’t hear the phone ring and, so, I would compulsively make sure that nothing was too loud in my apartment. Never mind that nothing in my history with phones presented any evidence that there was even the slightest danger that I wouldn’t hear the phone ring.

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The Cross Is Where True Social Justice Is Found

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by John Ellis

Luke chapter fifteen is one of the most beautiful passages in the Bible; which is to say, one of the most beautiful passages in all of literature. As the chapter opens, we meet a group of grumbling Pharisees and scribes who are accusatorily saying of Jesus, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” With his response, Jesus reveals his love, his heart, and the reason for his incarnation.

The self-centered, self-righteous revelation of the Pharisees and scribes’ hearts finds a contrast and, more importantly, an antidote in the three parables that Jesus told in response. Instead of defending himself against the charge of receiving sinners and eating with them, Jesus confirms the accusation and explains that that is exactly what he came to do. Jesus’ telling of “The Parable of the Lost Sheep,” “The Parable of the Lost Coin,” and “The Parable of the Prodigal Son” reveals to us his desire to see sinners saved and reconciled to God. The readers of the Bible shouldn’t be surprised.

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Date Night: The Joshua Tree Live

the joshua tree

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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