Catching Up: Disaster Relief, Assisted Suicide, The Bones of Saint Peter, and Other Topics

2.-Writing-furiouslyby John Ellis

This last week has been a busy writing week. I have written eleven articles that have been published, and three that will probably be published today or tomorrow (and I owe my editor one more article this week). My article about the Southern Baptist Convention’s Disaster Relief Team has done very well. I don’t have a view-count, but the article has been shared on Facebook 70,000 times!

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Southern Baptist Convention Demonstrates the Love of Jesus

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by John Ellis

Every December, by God’s grace, my church family goes caroling in the neighborhood in which the church’s building is located (which is also my neighborhood). A week or so before the event, we mail out postcards inviting the neighborhood to join us as we walk around singing Christmas carols from house to house. The evening concludes with hot chocolate and cookies in the fellowship hall. The neighborhood loves it.

Last year, back at the church building enjoying hot chocolate and cookies, I struck up a conversation with one of the families from the neighborhood who had joined us. The father asked me if we’re a Southern Baptist church. We are. I told him so, and quickly changed the subject. You see, as I confessed to my pastor later, I was embarrassed to admit that our church is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. I was wrong to feel that way, but I’ll get to that in a bit.

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The Southern Baptist Convention Should Pass the Resolution Denouncing the Alt-Right

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by John Ellis

At the time of my writing this, the Southern Baptist Convention has yet to decide whether to denounce the alt-right or not. My understanding is that they should make a decision sometime this afternoon. Even if the SBC does denounce the alt-right, and I pray that they do, this article is still relevant. If they don’t, then I may need to write an addendum (I may need to write an addendum if they do renounce).

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The SBC’s Battle Over Russell Moore and the ERLC

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by John Ellis

When my editor asked me to write something about Russell Moore and the ERLC, I almost said, “No.” Many of my friends know Russell Moore, and among those friends, a variety of opinions of Moore and ERLC are represented. However, I have never met Moore and my opinions about his work at the ERLC are in a constant state of flux, at least, for now. Being approached with the assignment, I thought, “What could I possibly add to the conversations? Especially considering that I’m not really sure about my own opinions regarding Russell Moore and the ERLC.”

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