10 Underappreciated Love Songs


by John Ellis

Valentine’s Day is upon us. If you forgot to buy your significant other a gift, no worries; make a mix tape out of the ten songs from the following list.



War Room: Dishonoring God

war-roomby John Ellis

 *Spoiler Alert*

I didn’t wake up last Monday morning thinking about War Room, the Kendrick brothers, or Christian movies in general. Perusing one of my favorite websites while drinking my morning coffee, I read a wrap-up of the weekend’s box office that briefly discussed the success of War Room, a movie I hadn’t thought about in months since I had watched the trailer. Delving further, I clicked on several links to reviews of War Room and came across a statement that prompted me to write a brief article on the Kendrick brothers. I didn’t write a review of War Room, nor was that my intention; writing the article, based on my knowledge of the Kendrick brothers’ movies, I was mainly responding to movie critic Scott Renshaw’s comment. However, my post generated so much buzz, both positive and negative, that I made the rash promise that I would watch the movie and if my assessment of it was unfair, I’d donate money to Joel Osteen’s church. Well, Joel Osteen ain’t gettin’ any of my money, thankfully. And here’s why:

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American Privilege and Living On One Dollar a Day

living on one dollar

by John Ellis

In 2012, President Obama, after uttering the words, “you didn’t build that” in a campaign speech, found himself in a conservative built maelstrom. Conservative talking heads condemned the President for rewriting the history of America’s self-made man into that of socialist ideology that despises hard-working men and women[1]. I definitely don’t agree with President Obama on everything, and I’m not sure that I completely agree with his overall message that July day in 2012, but whatever disagreements I have with the President’s speech that day pale in comparison to the disagreements I have with the Conservative backlash. You see, while the President and I may disagree on how best to apply the truth of his statement, I agree with his statement. Before I explain why and what my point is in what is supposed to be a movie/documentary review, here’s a longer transcript that provides some further rhetorical context to “you didn’t build that.” –

“There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me—because they want to give something back. They know they didn’t—look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own… If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business—you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

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