The First Gulf War, the Rapture, and Lack of Faith

the rapture

by John Ellis

Operation Desert Shield and I share a birthday. On August 2, 1990 I celebrated my 15th birthday. That same day, Saddam Hussein sent the Iraqi Army into Kuwait. The invasion and occupation of an American ally prompted President Bush (I) and his military advisors to commence operations that would result in Operation Desert Storm. Living in a military town (Pensacola, FL) meant that the events over the next few months loomed large over many of the people around me, understandably so. However, the ways in which many of the adults reacted to Desert Shield and Storm were used by Satan-Serpent to solidify my unbelief in God.

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Parents as a Metaphor for God the Father and Baseball Injuries


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by John Ellis

Today was my eight-year-old son’s first official baseball game of the fall season. As the youngest, smallest, and least experienced kid on his team, he was excited yet nervous. I was excited and nervous for him.  Expecting to play very little, he was happy to see the lineup, finding out that he was going to play three of the five innings. During the second inning, his first, the game was marred by an injury.

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Happy 13th Birthday to My Daughter


infinity 13th bday post

by John Ellis

Thirteen years ago, on this day, our daughter was born. The day before Infinity was born, Greenville, SC suffered a severe ice storm, and most of the community was without power. The hospital let us stay until power had been restored to our apartment.

I’ll never forgot strapping the car seat containing this tiny, new person with curious eyes that were far more alert than I thought a newborn’s eyes should be into the backseat of our car. We were responsible for her, and, in that moment, I realized how little control I had over the world around me. Sure, I could manage my own driving, making sure my hands were at ten-and-two, looking both ways before venturing into intersections, constantly checking my mirrors and blind spots, and driving just below the speed limit. The other drivers, though, were all incompetent idiots that day, and it’s a wonder I didn’t have a heart attack or stroke as I desperately strove to get our precious package safely home.

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Parents, Broken Bones, and Sin’s Curse

broken arm cast

by John Ellis

There are moments that remind parents that our children aren’t really ours, not really. Moments that interrupt daily life, underscoring parents’ finiteness and the fragility of our children. Moments that stand still in pain and hopelessness while you implore, to no avail, for time to reset itself back into daily life.

Tuesday evening as I sat reading on our back-deck, the weak yet desperate cries of help coming from the front yard were the first signal that a chain of unwanted moments for my family had been set in motion.

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My Daughter Has Her Mom; She Doesn’t Need Wonder Woman

danita and infinity

by John Ellis

Minus a few sputtering, identity politics preaching exceptions, the blockbuster movie Wonder Woman has become cause célèbre for feminists the world over. Articles abound declaring Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman as the feminist heroine needed for today. Googling the words “every girl should watch Wonder Woman” uncovers a bevy of articles. Thankfully, my daughter doesn’t need to watch Wonder Woman; she has a heroic, highly accomplished, gracious woman living with her, modeling and teaching her what being a woman means.

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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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My 2017 Reading List: May

manreadingabookby John Ellis

Ok, having read thirteen books in May, my pace has picked back up a bit. Not enough, mind you, to reach my goal of reading two-hundred books in 2017, but that’s alright, I think. As long as I read between twelve to seventeen books a month the rest of the year, I won’t be too disappointed to not reach two-hundred books this year. There’s always 2018, right? I’d also like to point out that we are in the midst of the NBA Playoffs. This means that I’ve watched more TV this past month than I normally watch.

My eleven-year old daughter, however, is on pace to read just over three-hundred books this year (our contest started in February, so the total numbers below reflect four months of reading, not five). Not only is she going to beat me, but she’s going to put my goal to shame. I keep telling her that she needs to remember who controls her allowance. I’m also considering allowing her unlimited technology time. If I do, maybe that will help me close the gap.

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