Teen Vogue Preys on Children

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by John Ellis

“Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.” Romans 1:24-25

I don’t think that I’ve agonized over whether to share one of my articles or not as much as I have over my latest PJ Media article. It’s a disgusting article (by necessity) warning parents about a depraved and predatory publication. Sin is ugly. Apart from the knowledge that God is Sovereign, rebellion against our Holy Creator can be disgustingly terrifying when it is allowed to raise its ugly head in the full wilting of its depravity. Interacting with it isn’t easy, and lends itself to inadvertently causing others to stumble, or even yourself. My prayer is that my article will not cause any to stumble, but will cause all who read it to purpose in their heart to strive even harder to protect children from the snare of the devil and his followers. My prayer is also that we adults will repent of our own engagement with depravity that we justify in the name of entertainment and “Christian liberty.”

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Communism for Kids

 

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Bread lines – the dream of leftists

by John Ellis

About two years ago, a friend planted in my mind the seed for an article about how leftists/liberals hate humans because humans are made in the Image of God. From many environmental policies to abortion to the promotion of aberrant sexualities, to name a few among a long list, leftists seemingly do everything possible to discourage the flourishing of humanity. In fact, that list is so long that in order to come close to doing the topic justice, I would have to write a series of articles. For example, I could write a whole article about how leftists have scammed society regarding asbestos and have taken away from us a substance that is great at reducing the risk of death by fire. The anti-GMO crowd warrants their own article, too.

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Parents, Don’t Be Afraid to Bore Your Kids

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by John Ellis

When we were expecting our first child, people with raised eyebrows and a condescending tone would warn, “Oh, your lives are going to change!” Well, duh. Of course, lives are going to change when a new baby is born. Change is a natural state of life. No offense if you’ve said or say this to new parents, but advising that, “Your life is going to change!” is almost nonsensical in its obviousness and unhelpfully wrong in some of its underlying implications.

Yes, as stated, life is going to change, but life would’ve changed without the baby. However, even with a new baby, life doesn’t need to change as much as some new parents assume and some old parents believe.

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After Bad Things Happen, How Do You Talk to Children About God?

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by John Ellis

If we live long enough and King Jesus doesn’t return, we will all face hard providences. Sadly, even children face hard providences. When that happens, parents are often at a loss as to how to discuss the event with their child, and understandably so. Often, though, that inability stems from an anemic doctrines of God, sin, and/or suffering. Without a robust understanding of who God is, the awfulness of sin, and the overall purpose of suffering, adults are going to miss out on an opportunity to preach the gospel when bad things happen to children.

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Dads Are Parents, Not Babysitters

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by John Ellis

For the longest time, TV shows that rely on the bungling dad trope didn’t bother me. I guess, on one level, they still don’t. I mean, I think that fathers as goofballs isn’t necessarily bad. I love making my kids laugh, and I love goofing off with them. But, on the flipside, I also want to make sure that my children view me as much of a parent as their mom, and as much of a capable parent as their mom. TV shows often don’t present a nuanced image of dads, and unfortunately the bungling dad trope has spilled over into broader society. Many people seem to believe that dads are lost as parents without moms. To that end, I’m no longer a fan of TV shows that portray dads as incapable compared to moms.   

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The 2017 Reading Challenge: Daddy VS. Daughter

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by John Ellis

This past September, during the first week of school, my ten-year old daughter (now eleven) brought me her math assessment worksheet and asked for help on a specific problem. I read over the story problem, realized a headache would ensue if I weren’t careful, and then selfishly and lazily thought to myself, “This is just an assessment; I ain’t gotta do this!”

Before mercilessly shoving her back into the mathematical deep-end, I did put some logical air into a very flimsy arm-floaty for her. Scanning the story problem, I pointed her in what I believed was the correct direction to finding the solution. She listened and then happily returned to working on her math assessment worksheet; she loves math.

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Death’s Unnatural Intrusion Into Childhood

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by John Ellis

Assuming normal physiology, humans don’t begin to taste deeply of physical death until sometime in their twenties. The day to day existence of children is punctuated by life. The brain is awakening – new sounds, new smells, new tastes, and new experiences; life itself is flooding into them at such an accelerated rate as to often render their young brains incapable of appropriately filtering out all the incoming information. With life-filled sensory overload, they crash into walls, overturn tables, and wage loud battle with imaginary-yet-not-imaginary Dragons and Serpents. With their whole being, children desire justice and the defeat of the evil that they are yet unable to fully comprehend. And their bodies are growing, developing, coming to life, and becoming more and more capable of accomplishing wondrous things.

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