White Privilege and the Gospel’s Response

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by John Ellis

I don’t remember where Tan Man’s nickname originated. I may not have ever known, for that matter. I don’t even remember ever hearing his real name.

Tan Man and I weren’t really friends, simply acquaintances thrown together within the revolving door world that happened to be my life fifteen years ago. He was part of the retinue that came with the apartment in which I was a renting a room. An apartment filled with drugs, sex, and hurting, confused, sinful people.

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Husbands, Be a Man by Being a Servant

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by John Ellis

As I write this, my wife is out of town at our church’s women’s retreat. So, as I often do, I took the kids out to eat last night. And, like they often do, they left me with no one to talk to while there. My daughter was engrossed in a book; my son stared at the muted TV screen tuned to ESPN hanging just behind my head, showing little interest in the questions I directed his way. With nothing else to do, I people-watched as I ate.

One couple sitting at a high-top near us caught my attention. At first, I assumed they were on a date the way they were interacting. It didn’t take long, though, for me to notice that the man had a wedding ring and the woman did not.

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Read the Bible the Same Way You Read ‘The Lord of the Rings’

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by John Ellis

I’ve written in too many articles to remember that all stories either reflect God’s true Story or rebel against it. It’s also my belief that too many Christians are too unaware of the forest of God’s Story to be able to adequately interact with the trees much less the bark. By that, I mean that many Bible studies are filled with well-intended Believers drilling into the smaller parts before immersing themselves into the whole.

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Unwittingly Promotes the Bible’s Sexual Ethic


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by John Ellis

I recently watched Bohemian Rhapsody over the course of two evenings. Not so much for myself, although I was mildly intrigued when the movie was first released. I watched it because my thirteen-year-old daughter who is really into music and considers herself a fan of Queen wants to watch it. Knowing a little about the movie and a lot about Freddie Mercury, I wanted to give it a parental viewing before saying “yay” or “nay.” Most likely, after having watched the movie, my answer will be “nay.” If she were a couple of years older, I would allow her to watch it in order to have a conversation with her. For all its artistic and moral flaws, Bohemian Rhapsody unwittingly supports a Biblical sexual ethic. In doing so, it turns the gay lifestyle into the movie’s “bad guy.”

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Church Elders Should be Willing to Serve in the Nursery

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by John Ellis

As the book of Hebrews concludes, the sobering claim rings loudly that elders, “are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will give account” (Hebrews 13:17). Sadly, I think many of us think of that verse only in terms of the parts I left out – “Obey your leaders and submit to them” and, underlining that opening command, the verse’s ending declaration to, “Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.” As news report after news report bearing the shameful details of pastors abusing their authority splashes across the screens of our devices, elders, by God’s grace, need to make sure that they’re orienting themselves around the middle of Hebrews 13:17.

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Can We Trust the New Testament Canon?

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by John Ellis

For some time now, I’ve been wanting to write a brief post defending the trustworthiness of the New Testament Canon. Attacking the veracity of Scriptures is one of the more common attacks by men like Bart Ehrman. Standing on the shoulders of Walter Bauer, Ehrman has turned attacking the Bible into an art form. Unlike Bauer, Ehrman has unlocked the secret of landing books on the coveted NYT’s Bestseller List. This means that many of our family members, neighbors, and co-workers have been poisoned by Ehrman’s false teaching. Robust apologetics for the trustworthiness of the Bible are needed.

Having recently come across the blog of Orlando-area pastor Jim Davis, I was pleased to read one of his more recent posts titled, “Christmas and the New Testament Canon: Answering Some Hard Questions.” The post is a succinct and well-written rebuttal of some of the more common arguments from the likes of Ehrman. I encourage you to click the link below. Reading Davis’ post will not only be edifying and faith-building in your own heart, it will provide you some extra tools to use when sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with those who are skeptical of the Bible’s trustworthiness.

Christmas And The New Testament Canon: How We Can Address Some Hard Questions