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

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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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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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Imperfect Fathers Point to the Perfect Father

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by John Ellis

Our daughter was just a week old when my wife and I ventured to the Super Wal-Mart with our new baby in tow. Her car seat fit snugly in the shopping cart, but I was still tense and wary as I pushed my precious cargo down the wide aisles. If anyone got too close, I squinted my eyes in disproval and stared them down. Items put in the cart had to be placed with the utmost tenderness and care so as not to disturb my sleeping, infant daughter. I was determined to protect my new daughter from all dangers; real, perceived, or plain made-up danger, it didn’t matter. In my new-daddy brain, my one and only job during that shopping trip was to make sure that nothing, and I mean nothing, bothered the new love of my life.

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