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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Al Gore, Climate Change, and the Book of Revelation

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by John Ellis

For some reason, and I know that reason, I have been spending more time than usual over these last few weeks thinking, teaching, and writing about eschatology (the end times). To be honest, it’s not really my favorite “ology” to interact with. I mean, King Jesus is coming back to judge the wicked and reward those who are repenting of their sins and placing their faith in his life, death, and resurrection. And there is absolutely nothing that needs to happen before King Jesus returns. I don’t get worked up over eschatology, and I definitely do not have an elaborate system of color coded charts to help make sense of it all. But, back to my first sentence, during this season (short season, I hope), I’ve been called to engage eschatology more than I prefer.

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