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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Hospitality Isn’t Hard

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by John Ellis

It’s not a humble-brag to say that people frequently express amazement at how often my wife and I host large groups of people at our house. It’s not a humble-brag because my wife and I are puzzled by the amazement. We love having people over; we love large groups hanging around until the late hours of night talking and laughing. If anything, it would be an amazing and pointless act of self-sacrifice for my me and my wife to not frequently host large groups of people at our house. Hospitality is not a chore for us, by any stretch of the imagination. And, frankly, hospitality doesn’t need to be a chore for most people.

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The Church Is Filled With Hypocrites … and Other Reasons to Skip Church

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by John Ellis

Is it necessary for Christians to attend church? Well, first off, if you understand who/what the Church is, the question is nonsensical. The Church is the Bride of Christ; God’s people being reconstituted into a new Kingdom. For a professing Christian to distant himself from the Church is, in essence, a renunciation of Christianity. You can’t be a Christian and not be a member of the Body of Christ – the Church.

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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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Why Michael Jordan’s Bulls Would Beat the 2017 Golden State Warriors

 

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I didn’t write about the flu game, but I could’ve and probably should’ve.

 

by John Ellis

Just a few days ago, I was rooting for the Golden State Warriors to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2017 NBA Finals. I now regret that. Although, to be honest, I would be saying a similar thing had I rooted for the Cavs and had they won. Down either choose-your-own-adventure path lies the nonsensical comparisons to Michael Jeffrey Jordan and the Chicago Bulls dynasty of the 1990s.

My only reason for rooting for the Warriors is that I’m hoping that people will finally stop placing LeChoke LeBron in the GOAT comparisons with Michael Jordan. It’s just … NO! Well, it happened, LeBrick LeBron was unable to beat the Warriors. Except, the law of unintended consequences is now punishing me for rooting for the Warriors. People are busy debating how much better the 2017 Golden State Warriors are than Michael Jordan’s Bulls.

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Al Gore, Climate Change, and the Book of Revelation

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by John Ellis

For some reason, and I know that reason, I have been spending more time than usual over these last few weeks thinking, teaching, and writing about eschatology (the end times). To be honest, it’s not really my favorite “ology” to interact with. I mean, King Jesus is coming back to judge the wicked and reward those who are repenting of their sins and placing their faith in his life, death, and resurrection. And there is absolutely nothing that needs to happen before King Jesus returns. I don’t get worked up over eschatology, and I definitely do not have an elaborate system of color coded charts to help make sense of it all. But, back to my first sentence, during this season (short season, I hope), I’ve been called to engage eschatology more than I prefer.

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