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

Christian Apologetics: The Value of Answering ‘I Don’t Know’

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A few weeks ago, while conducting apologetic sessions for high schoolers, a student asked me, “Why did God create Adam and Eve when He knew that they would sin?”

Several of his classmates chimed in. Almost all their answers were along the lines of the Arminian belief that true love is only possible if we choose it out of our own free will. For those students, complete human autonomy from God is the only way for God to know that we truly love Him. If you think about it, that doesn’t actually answer their classmate’s question, nor is it theologically nor philosophically consistent. However, for my part, after allowing the students a brief time to discuss their answers, I replied, “I don’t know.”
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Halloween Versus Reformation Day: To Trick-or-Treat or Not to Trick-or-Treat?

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by John Ellis

Tomorrow is October 31, generally called either Halloween or Reformation Day. And, sadly, it’s one of the more divisive days of the year among followers of Jesus. Many have entrenched positions about the day over which they are willing to do battle on social media. Guilt is heaped. Eyes are rolled. Minor fallacies are flung near and far. Egos are bruised. On both sides, self-righteousness threatens to raise its ugly, unfruitful, and divisive head.

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A Christian Theatre Manifesto Part 1


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by John Ellis

Earlier this week, I wrote an article for PJ Media about the Erwin brother’s latest project called Kingdom, a collaborative Christian filmmaking company. If you’re unfamiliar with Andy and Jon Erwin, they’re the creative force behind the movies Woodlawn, Mom’s Night Out, October Baby, and this past year’s smash hit I Can Only Imagine which grossed almost $90 million at the box office against a budget of only $7 million.

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The Personhood Argument for Abortion


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by John Ellis

With the advances in ultrasound technology, especially the development of 3D ultrasound, pro-abortion advocates have changed tactics. It’s become next to impossible to convince people that a fetus isn’t a human life. For many who are pro-abortion, the argument now centers on personhood. Building on Judith Jarvis Thomson’s landmark paper “A Defense of Abortion,” the argument states that a fetus’ right to life is subservient to a woman’s right to choose.

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We Are All Atheists

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by John Ellis

“Even the Bible says that there isn’t a God,” my roommate smugly blustered.

The girl he was arguing with was incredulous, but as she pushed back it became obvious that a lack of confidence in her own position was growing. My roommate picked up on that, and went in for the dialectical kill, proud that he was about to convert another soul to atheism.

“It’s in one of the Psalms,” he shrugged. “I’m not making it up. The Bible says that there is no God.”

Gesturing towards me, he added, “Ask him.”

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