My Family’s Draconian Rules for Technology

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by John Ellis

As the studies about the negative effects of technology on children begin to roll in, it’s hard not to allow a bit of “I told you so” to creep into my attitude. You see, my wife and I are incredibly strict where technology is concerned. Regardless of how out of touch with most of society we are, science backs up our draconian rules. One day, our kids are going to rule the world because everyone else’s kids will have had their brain rotted out through the use of technology.

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Fathers, Sons, and Pornography

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If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.” Matthew 5:29-30

Many in my generation are averse to standards, to rules. Specifically, but not exclusively, those of us who were raised in strict, conservative, fundamentalist Christian homes are often averse to standards. Many of us believe that holding to standards indicates some level of legalism.

We grew up being taught that almost all forms of pop music are sinful and dishonoring to our holy God, especially rock, pop, hip-hop, and most forms of country-western music. Movie theatres were verboten. In fact, in my family, movies rated PG and above were off limits even at home. Rules were stacked upon rules, at least it felt that way. As my generation entered adulthood, many of us “discovered” grace and cast off the “legalism” of our parents.

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

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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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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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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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The War on Mother’s Day

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by John Ellis

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day, and I’m taking my wife to Six Flags. Mainly because we’re assuming that very few people are going to take their mom to Six Flags on Mother’s Day, making the park far less crowded than usual. That, and tomorrow is “Bring a Friend Day,” which means that season pass holders (us) are allowed to bring a friend into the park for free for each season pass. My point, we don’t make a big deal out of Mother’s Day, nor our anniversary, birthdays, Valentine’s Day, whatever. We also don’t begrudge those who do. I think that Mother’s Day is a fine holiday, and I applaud those who take it seriously and enjoy it to the fullest extent allowed by law.

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