Author: John Ellis


by John Ellis Wrapped up in American evangelicalism’s heritage is an (un)healthy stream of Neoplatonism. To be fair, during the fourth and fifth centuries, Neoplatonism did help rescue Christianity from the contra-Biblical dualism of Manicheanism. However, some strands of theological thought also adopted Neoplatonism’s flirtation with Gnosticism’s rejection of the …

Posted ByJohn Ellis Category Theatre Date

by John Ellis Depending on the day of the week, there are times when I love sports more than I love theatre. Because of that, I’ve never really gotten into the high school theatre versus high school sports battle that is waged by many of my fellow theatre artists. Do …

Posted ByJohn Ellis Category Theatre Date

by John Ellis Some people are born rule-followers. In the main, that’s probably a good thing. The problem, though, is that those types of people are prone to legalism, to use a theological term. Legalists believe that the rules and their obedience to the rules earn them salvation. Theologically speaking, …

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by John Ellis At first, while reading Makoto Fujimura’s comparison of artists to “people in the margins, people under suspicion, people who have been humbled” I wanted to resist, to push back. I’m wary of claims that unwittingly divide God’s people even more than we already are. But, as I …

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