Stealthing: A New Way for Men to Assault Women

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by John Ellis

If I weren’t a Christian and didn’t believe that God is in control of history, I would run the risk of being overcome with despair. The world is a broken place; humans are trapped in sin, and that rebellion against God causes the entire creation to groan. Thankfully, by God’s grace, I am repenting of my sins and placing my faith in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ as my only hope in life and death. Because I have been adopted into God’s family and been given new life in Christ, I rest in the knowledge that King Jesus is going to return. When he does, those who have remained in their sin and rebellion by refusing to bow the knee in repentance and faith to Jesus will be righteously judged and condemned to eternal death. Sin will finally and fully be defeated. Many of the Psalms rest in this same knowledge (Psalm 1, 2, 7, 34, and 110, to list a few). My comfort in the coming return of King Jesus doesn’t keep me from mourning the sin around me, though (and the sin that still remains in my own hear, too).

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Pro-Life Group Condemns Christian School for Punishing Pregnant Teen

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by John Ellis

Christians need to stop apologizing for the Biblical doctrine of sin. Of course, and sadly, many professing followers of King Jesus don’t really hold to a doctrine of sin as defined by God in the Bible. For them, instead of a violation of God’s holy and unchanging law, sin is a moving target that shifts and becomes redefined based on the opinions and/or feelings of those around them. Many professing Christians appear to be more concerned about appeasing unbelievers than they are in having any sort of consistency in reference to sin. This problem frequently raises its ugly head, but a current situation involving a pregnant teenager who was punished by her Christian school is the most current example causing professing Christians to apologize for other Christians faithfully adhering to the Biblical doctrine of sin (the most current example at the time of this writing, at least).

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Male Rompers Are the Enemy of the Sexual Revolution

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by John Ellis

Male rompers are ridiculous; let’s get that out of the way up front. However, ridiculous is not a synonym with offensive. If I find out that any of my guy friends sport a male romper, I will good-naturedly-ish mock them, but I will remain friends with them and acknowledge that wearing a male romper is not necessarily a sinful choice. A ridiculous choice, yes. Sinful choice, nope, depending on the reason, but that’s currently neither here nor there.

Apparently, I’m more “open-minded” (in whatever ways that nonsensical tag is defined in your mind) than are the evangelists for the sexual revolution. You see, according to the thought police identity-politics police who are popularly called social justice warriors, the male romper is offensive, demonstrates male fragility, and propagates an identity that needs to be erased from our culture. Unlike social justice warriors, and while admitting that I find the outfit dumb looking, I will defend the rights of my misguided and aesthetically-challenged friends who make the mistake of wearing a male romper.[1]

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Weekend Reading: 5/20

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by John Ellis

I freely and happily admit that I have cribbed this idea from many other writers and bloggers. So be it. A good idea is a good idea, right? There is so much content vying for our attention on the internet, it’s often hard to find the diamond in the rough, so to speak. Although, there are plenty of diamonds hidden throughout the interwebs. That fact means that aggregate sites are useful, and websites and blogs that devote articles and posts to serving as an aggregate for interesting and/or useful content are likewise useful. While I have next to zero desire for this blog to become an aggregate site, or even provide daily posts that offer some help to my friends and readers uncovering some diamonds that they may have missed, a weekly post seems fun for me and possibly profitable for others.

Below, are several of the more interesting articles and blog posts that I read over the last week. Enjoy.

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Slavery, Class Privilege, and the Denial of Moral Absolutes

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by John Ellis

This past week, The Atlantic published a fascinating story titled, “My Family’s Slave.” In his piece, Filipino-American writer Alex Tizon recounts the tale of Eudocia Tomas Pulido (called “Lola”), his family’s live-in “maid” who was never paid, wasn’t allowed to see her family, worked from before sun-up to past sun-down, and who didn’t have her own bedroom most of the time. In the article, Tizon remembers seeing Lola sleeping against piles of laundry.

I had already planned on sharing The Atlantic cover-story in my next “Weekend Reading” article, and I encourage you to take the time the read “My Family’s Slave.” Alex Tizon, who died this past spring, writing what amounts to a horrific confession, of sorts, managed to be interesting, appalling, amusing, frustrating, heartwarming, and chilling all in the same story. On the strength of his writing skills and the nature of the story, “My Family’s Slave” has gone viral, and has prompted much outrage. It’s some of that outrage that I’m currently interested in commenting on, though.

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The Sacred VS. the Secular: Having a Party Instead of a Bible Study

Whatever is under the whole heaven is mine.” Job 41:11b

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by John Ellis

Several years ago, pretty much every other Sunday evening at my house, I hosted a group of men from church. We would gather, drink Scotch or beer, listen to music, and talk. Sometimes, we discussed theology. Often, though, we discussed sports or movies or philosophy, current events, politics, music, literature, you get the picture; our evenings together were rather unstructured, and we discussed whatever came to our minds. The evenings were fun and edifying.

At some point, we invited several of our younger brothers in Christ (they were in their early to mid-twenties). Several of them took advantage of the invitation, and showed up at one of the Sunday evening gatherings in my library. As the evening came to a close, it was obvious that our young brothers were disappointed. We discovered later that they were expecting a structured time of Bible study and/or prayer. The following Sunday, one of the younger brothers haughtily confronted me and a friend and accusingly asked, “What’s the point of your getting together? It was a waste of time!”

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Christians and Nudity in Movies

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by John Ellis

This is an older article. Well, older in the sense that I wrote it at the end of this past December. In a paragraph of two (or more), I’ll explain why it’s taking me so long to share it with my blog readers and Facebook followers. The reason why I’m sharing it now is because I believed and still believe that this is an important topic that many Christians either willfully ignore in order to justify watching their favorite TV shows and/or movies, or they interact with the topic dishonestly for the same reason. That’s a seemingly harsh and judgmental thing for me to say, I know that; and it ties into why I’ve waited to share it, which I’ll get to in a moment (how’s that for a tease?).

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