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The Rev. James Ellis III

The Rev. James Ellis III is the senior pastor of a nondenominational congregation in Washington, DC.

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The Rev. James Ellis III is the senior pastor of a nondenominational congregation in Washington, DC.

A pastor and writer in Washington, DC, Rev. Ellis is a graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University, and the University of Maryland. He was a 2013 Guthrie Scholar at Columbia Theological Seminary and 2012-13 Lewis Fellow at Wesley Theological Seminary, a post-graduate, post-ordination leadership development program for clergy under 35.

Prior to ministry he worked a bit as an online multimedia editor/producer and dabbled in "spoken word" poetry, resulting in OnThaGrindCuzin: The School Daze of Being 'Incognegro' in 1619 (PublishAmerica, 2004). He loves crab cakes, cranberry juice, and hanging out with his wife and is especially interested in researching topics around pastoral theology/leadership, ministry to young adults, and discipleship.

In 2011, Day1 selected him as a 'Young Leader of the Church.' He also writes on The Huffington Post and Ethics Daily.

 


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Eternity’s Courtroom

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[This is a reflection that Columbia Theological Seminary asked me to pen about my brief residency there in 2013 as a "Guthrie Scholar."]



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obert Frost said, "There's nothing I'm afraid of like scared people." I find his poetic confession sobering because in the suburban, urban, and rural settings in which I have found employment in ministry, I have encountered an abundance of scared people -- frozen in fear. They come in all shapes and sizes; accountants, single mothers, high-power attorneys, government executives, educators, retirees. Some are survivors of violence, others are perpetrators of it, and even more are confused children lost in the maze of it all. Some are regular church attenders and some are not. Their needs are varied, but they have in common that Jesus' resurrection hasn't impressed them to steadfastly live with hope.

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Staying Awake with Jesus (A Sermon on Matthew 26:36-46)

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Friends. How many of us have them?
Friends. One's we can depend on?
Friends. How many of have them?
Friends. Before we go any further, let's be friends.

This was Whodini's wise counsel to the up-and-coming musical genre of rap in their 1984 album, Escape. We all can relate to the jumbled emotions and experiences that accompany friendship. TV executives know this well, as evidenced by the wildly popular sitcoms like Friends that capture people trying to make sense of life alongside their friends. The same could be said of other television shows: The Golden Girls, Living Single, Seinfeld, A Different World, Three's Company, Hot in Cleveland, The Steve Harvey Show, Cheers. Take your pick.[1]

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January 26, 2014

The Sabbath as a Lesson on Rest and Work (A Sermon on Exodus 20:8-11)

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Some things in life rock our world more than others. For most American Christians heeding God’s expectations about the Sabbath, and therefore how we work, is challenging. Though we may stumble, we must surrender to the truth. And the truth is that we need to rest and work in ways that are life-giving, ways that are likely very different than popular wisdom.
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December 08, 2013

God’s Antibiotics

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Perhaps the only adult with this malady; I am a big baby when it comes to taking medicine, especially the liquid variety. It is just unbearably nasty! But much like our walk with God, sometimes, many times we must do things that are difficult, which lead to blessings we don’t deserve. If anything, Christianity represents a holy transformation from childish to responsible behavior. Modification for sure, but fueled by God’s loving presence.
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October 21, 2013

Two Responses to Fear (A Sermon on Exodus 1:10-11, 17)

The Rev. James Ellis, III (other)

A normal yet provocative emotion, when handled improperly fear suffocates hope and haunts dreams. Even so, it has been treated negligently especially by those in positions of leadership. In his personal journal Henry David Thoreau once wrote, “Nothing is so much to be feared as fear.” While we should appreciate the sentiment, we are wise still to navigate fear in ways that honor the craftsmanship with which we were created, cleaving to God for protection in all things.
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October 02, 2013

The Blessing of Time

The Rev. James Ellis, III (other)

Columbia Theological Seminary selected me to be in-residence on their campus recently as a Guthrie Scholar. Opportunities to “center down” away from life’s busyness are hard to come by, so I am thankful for the time to rest and reflect on my faith and vocation in new ways. What follows is an account of the experience.
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August 11, 2013

The Folly of Forgetfulness (A Sermon on Psalm 50:22-23)

The Rev. James Ellis, III (other)

In this fast-paced, multitasking world of ours, we forget all kinds of things. Sometimes it is to cut the grass. Other times it is to pay a bill. However, we would do well to remember how very present and good God always is. We don’t have to live a life of forgetfulness. There is a better way.
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June 09, 2013

The Road Less Traveled (A Sermon on Exodus 13:17-18)

The Rev. James Ellis, III (other)

The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. This often is how we expect God to guide us in life, moving us steadily along like Monopoly pieces from one experience to another, in logical succession with little to no drama along the way. But God is not like us and has reasons for leading us to, through, and away from that which we don’t understand. God is the picture of providence!
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June 03, 2013

Adults Honoring Their Parents

The Rev. James Ellis, III (other)

Age doesn’t determine wisdom. Young people aren’t automatically lacking it just as older people don’t automatically possess it. It is so easy for parents to become clouded by what they want for their adult children, forgetting that God is the definitive parent to them all, exclusively to whom they will all answer.
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May 09, 2013

Doing More with Less

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On the wall of theoretical physicist, Albert Einstein’s office at Princeton University was a sign that read: "Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted." As priest and prophet, Zechariah stands in the chasm of great tradition whose emphasis is quality, not quantity, so God told him to tell the people, “Who despises the day of small things?” Oh, how we superficially value only that which to human eyes looks adequate and glamorous.
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February 20, 2013

A Case Study in Unrestrained Emotions (A Sermon on Genesis 38:13-19)

The Rev. James Ellis, III (other)

I had the opportunity recently of preaching at University Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Hyattsville, MD. The Rev. Nathan Hill, their new senior minister, and I are members of the 2012-13 cohort of Lewis Fellows through Wesley Theological Seminary’s Center for Church Leadership, so it was special to worship God in spirit and in truth with both colleague and congregation. Lord, hear our prayers.
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December 17, 2012

Those Who Mourn

The Rev. James Ellis, III (other)

We are confused and angry, our hearts weary and wounded by the loss of life in Newtown, Connecticut. God is here with the offer of abiding comfort alongside a call for us to break down the barriers that continue to hinder reconciliation and cooperation on the issues of our day, many which have root causes in race and class. Let connect with those who are different than us, but with whom God wants to show that we have so much in common.
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November 07, 2012

Been in the Storm

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None of us knows the deeper meaning as to why magnitudinous storms of all kinds invade our otherwise calm lives. These invasions are incapable of arriving at a “good time” because there isn’t one for such devastation. We don’t invite these occurrences, they simply occur. There is, however, one who changes not and who “is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8) Jesus is our anchor always and everywhere.
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September 26, 2012

Speak, Lord, in the Stillness

The Rev. James Ellis, III (other)

No matter how introverted or extroverted, deeply reflective or outwardly demonstrative you are, odds are that you struggle with patience. Maybe you are like me and from time-to-time must restrain yourself from saying or doing things that simply wouldn’t be prudent. Well, God has something to say about patience regarding how we might be empowered to conduct ourselves.
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August 29, 2012

A Generation’s Need for Reformation

The Rev. James Ellis, III (other)

With the 24-hour news cycle and Internet technology's instant gratification, it is so easy to major in life's minors, to debate about our own struggles to the detriment of investing heftily in others' lives. Last week in Camden, New Jersey something terrible occurred that deserves our attention and action. It is much bigger than the Olympics, NFL preseason, or any celebrity drama that you can imagine.
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August 28, 2012

All the Single Ladies

The Rev. James Ellis, III (other)

Relationships are difficult. There is no way getting around that. However, the qualities that one values in a potential mate and how they go about the business of evaluating compatibility can make a world of difference. Low standards are never good, but neither is looking for traits in others that your are unwilling to first live out yourself. This post was written with young adults in mind, but the principles apply to all ages.
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August 10, 2012

Respectfully Yours: The Homosexuality and Same-Sex Marriage Debate

The Rev. James Ellis, III (other)

Disagreements are normal and healthy, even those about big issues that affect all of society. But why today is there a leaning towards demonizing those who simply don’t see life the exact same way as us, especially on controversial issues? If anyone should know better and do better, shouldn’t it be Christians?
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June 25, 2012

Church Clothes

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In his track, “Church Clothes,” Christian rapper, Lecrae shares the feelings of an abandoned generation: “Truthfully I’m just doing me / and I don’t wanna face no scrutiny. / As long as the church keeps wildin’ / I can justify all my foolish deeds.” Clothes don’t make the man or woman, but they do communicate something influential about us to others. I wonder what God thinks about our church clothes?
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May 10, 2012

Money, Money, Money

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Does anyone remember the 1973 "Ship Ahoy" album on Philadelphia International Records? Well, the O'Jays were onto something in reflecting about how low some will go to line their pockets. Beware not to chase after, "Money, money, money..."
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April 01, 2012

Hear My Call

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If you don’t know who Jill Scott is, then you are missing out! Do yourself a favor and Google her. Music often intersects theology in incredibly interesting ways. If we would only sit down for awhile and listen to “good music” we might find more encouragement to passionately exhibit an authentic, vulnerable faith that establishes us as God’s beloved, in the world, but not of it.
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March 26, 2012

The Lonely Avenue of Integrity

The Rev. James Ellis, III (other)

If Christians are to make a significant impact in their communities, families, and within their professions, they must exhibit integrity based on God’s character. Rightly so, the world is watching how a life of faith is birthed, shaped, and lived in a pagan society. Being silent in the midst of injustice renders us just as guilty as the perpetrators.
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February 06, 2012

A Celebration of Marriage

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My wife and I recently celebrated five years of marriage. It hasn’t been a stroll in the park though. There have been high highs and low lows. Thankfully, God has guided our steps, and used the good, bad, and ugly of it all to draw us closer to one another as husband and wife. God has turned us into people that barely resemble their former selves, but that is a good thing!
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January 27, 2012

Introverts, Unite!

The Rev. James Ellis, III (other)

What is quiet brilliance? Are introverts God’s stepchildren or second-best creations with extroverts as the “crème de la crème”? Princeton University and Harvard Law School graduate, and former corporate lawyer, Susan Cain has penned an intriguing book titled, “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” (Crown, 2012). Maybe God can use introverts (and extroverts) to do great things in this wacky, crazy world after all.
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December 22, 2011

A Christless Christmas for Christians

The Rev. James Ellis, III (other)

Many of us have are familiar with this sage advice: “Don’t mistake activity for achievement. Busyness does not equal productiveness.” Well, unfortunately Christians and church leaders routinely do the opposite, especially during Advent as we look towards the higher heights of ministry for the New Year. So, come, let us reason together.

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November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving Always and Everywhere

The Rev. James Ellis, III (other)

Even with faith as our fuel, the graceful means by which we make it from one day to the next, we know all too well that life is sho 'nuff anything but easy. There are ups and downs, highs and lows, failures and successes, and not always at an equal frequency or impact. Of course, God is still God and Jesus still reigns, but thus is life on this side of heaven. Nevertheless, the apostle Paul (amongst other biblical writers) tells us that a thankful disposition is the antidote to any unending disturbance of the soul.
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October 23, 2011

Good Times in a Golf Cart

The Rev. James Ellis, III (other)

We ought to be thankful not only about from whence we have come, but about where God will take us in the days to come. For most of us life is no walk in the park, yet we complicate things by our decisions to walk down easy street where the paparazzi of prestige and total comfort shower us with feelings of entitlement. No matter our station or circumstance in life we have much to be grateful to God for.
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August 13, 2011

Quick to Listen

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The pastoral life is unlike any other. Remy Rougeau rightly reflected that those who follow Christ are “ambassadors of truth in a world of illusion.” As such, those who serve as shepherds of the people of God are multitalented. Yet, certain core competencies and gifting are needed to responsibly point others to Jesus. Learning to listen well, which doesn’t at all require agreement with what has been heard, is a life skill for us all, even as much as a requirement for pastors to be faithful on God’s terms. In a world where everyone is jockeying to be heard over and above the loudspeaker of conspicuous consumption, listening well, as a social architect and servant-leader, is paramount in embodying the biblical road less traveled.
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July 09, 2011

A Critique of Cone’s Black Liberation Theology

The Rev. James Ellis, III (other)

This article was published in the spring 2011 issue of “Christian Ethics Today” and addresses the notion that while sociological descriptors are inevitable in any society Christians must not find their primary identity in anyone or anything other than Christ. Anything less is inconsistent with Scripture. Thus, even classifications like politics, citizenship, gender, class, membership in a fraternity or sorority, and even race, and culture must be made subservient to Christ, not vice-versa.
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The Rev. James Ellis III - Day1 Conversations with Peter Wallace

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In this installment of our Young Leaders of The Church Series a good friend of Day1, Rev. James Ellis III, sits down with our host Peter Wallace to discuss the work of reaching young people in ministry, the importance of following and understanding pop culture, the enduring relevance of the gospels and the challenge of communicating it in a relevant way. Join us for a conversation of faith and hope only on Day1.
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May 28, 2011

Christian Consecration, Where Art Thou?

The Rev. James Ellis, III (other)

Charles Swindoll commented in a recent interview: "We want a crowd to make us feel important and liked. But why is getting a crowd our focus? Jesus never suggested that crowds were the goal.” This is very true, but there is so much else, like our lack of consecration before the Lord and accountability with one another, that leads clergy down the road of insecurity, compromise, and manipulation. If Jesus is indeed on the mainline, then there must be a better way. We need some Divine intervention!
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May 22, 2011

Young Leaders Series IV: Better Than Hippo Testimony

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In the fourth part of our Young Leaders of the Church series, the Rev. James Ellis III looks at the testimony of Stephen when he was stoned, and draws implications for our own witness in the world.
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April 25, 2011

Condoms for Pre-Teens? Really?

The Rev. James Ellis, III (other)

Christians are sometimes viewed as “holy rollers” who tend to be more heavenly minded than they are of earthly good. That, too, is a label given to those who support abstinence as the most morally responsible perspective that parents can arm their children with. I wonder why in today’s prevailing culture sex before marriage, even for pre-teens, is viewed as inevitable. Wouldn’t faith demand that it indeed is preventable and ought to be preferable for the people of God?
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April 11, 2011

Hustle, Hustle, Hustle…Hard

The Rev. James Ellis, III (other)

In our efforts to fit in, we believers can walk so closely with popular culture that our "sacred" values are swallowed up in the process, which only limites our witness to one another and the world. Today we need believers whose faith in Christ has grown deep like the rivers and who also can creatively testify of God’s greatness as missionaries to their respective communities, critically analyzing both secular and sacred values against the biblical witness.
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March 14, 2011

Kicking Satan to the Curb (A Sermon on Matthew 4:8-11)

The Rev. James Ellis, III (other)

Filling in for the senior pastor, the Rev. Patrick Day, I was fortunate this morning to preach God’s word, and proclaim God’s goodness alongside the wonderful people of Northminster Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in Roswell, Georgia. Satan seeks our demise, but let us reaffirm on this first Sunday of Lent that Christ has defeated sin, and in the Spirit’s power we, too, can be victorious in resisting temptation.
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February 21, 2011

Minimally Invasive Faith

The Rev. James Ellis, III (other)

It is imperative that we reaffirm and rededicate ourselves to the biblical reality that we are not of this world, that in losing our lives for Christ’s sake we gain it. As Paul wrote to the Philippians, “For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain.” (Philippians 1:21) In an outrageously materialistic and dominant culture, we must remind one another that establishing lives of ultimate comfort should never be our focus.
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February 19, 2011

For Colored Girls

The Rev. James Ellis, III (other)

According to Paul Tillich, “The first duty of love is to listen.” If we believe that to be true, then Tyler Perry’s latest film, “For Colored Girls,” is a much-needed cinematic step in African American women learning from one another’s stories, and African American men becoming more informed likewise. In broader terms, however, it is a helpful addition to the cultural tapestry which represents both the uniqueness and universality of the African American experience.
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February 10, 2011

Jesus’ Political Legacy According to John Howard Yoder

The Rev. James Ellis, III (other)

Christians have been fighting about the proper intersection of faith and politics for a long time. It has been said that ‘the personal is always political.’ On every level and to every degree there is hardly consensus about who Jesus is amongst the faithful, so surely debate around the convergence of salvific and earthly liberation will continue to be a hot issue. Nevertheless, John Howard Yoder, the radical Christian pacifist, provides us the opportunity for thoughtful conversation.
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December 16, 2010

To Recalibrate: Jesus as the Reason...for Life

The Rev. James Ellis, III (other)

Oh, how we need to center down, to take the time necessary to detach, albeit momentarily, from that which clouds our vision before God! Lorraine Hansberry, the famous African American playwright, issued a related admonition this way: “Never be afraid to sit awhile and think.” During this precious Advent season we would do well to recalibrate our spiritual discernment and perspective, reconnect to our Creator and the created, and appreciate the new hope that we have in Christ.
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October 30, 2010

A Peacock Mentality: The Christian Identity Crisis

The Rev. James Ellis, III (other)

Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann wrote, “Though many of us are well intentioned, we have invested our lives in consumerism. We have a love affair with “more”—and we will never have enough. Consumerism is not simply a marketing strategy. It has become a demonic spiritual force among us, and the theological question facing us is whether the gospel has the power to help us withstand it.” We, Christian Americans, are suffering from a severe identity crisis. Are we merely consumers or faithful, peculiar, counter-cultural followers of Christ?
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October 04, 2010

Just Say “No”: When Preachers and Pimps Have Too Much In Common

The Rev. James Ellis, III (other)

Much has been said lately in the news and blogosphere, as well as in hair salons and at dining room tables across the country, about the charges of misconduct against Bishop Eddie Long, the pastor of a 25,000-member congregation in the Atlanta area. Some say that it reveals the hypocrisy and homophobia of Christians. Others lament that Long is innocent until proven guilty, and is a committed Christian leader. I say it is time to say “No” to celebrity Christianity, particularly amongst our leadership because preachers should not be akin to pimps.

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September 26, 2010

The Favor of Our Lord

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Math and science have never been my best subjects, but Dr. Ben Carson, a world-renowned surgeon and devout Christian, reminded me recently in his speech at Howard University in Washington, DC that, having been created in the very image of God there is absolutely nothing that we can’t do if God calls us to it, and we dedicate ourselves diligently towards that end. We limit our local and global impact partly because we believe the adversary’s lies of inferiority. But, with God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26), and that is indeed good news!
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September 19, 2010

Good Music, Where Art Thou?

The Rev. James Ellis, III (other)

Increasingly, I think, “good” music is hard to come by. That isn’t to say that everything produced in the days of musical yesteryear was golden, rather simply that the mass commercialization of genres like rap and even gospel have taken a dip in the quality department, one might concede at least somewhat. Music that inspires and that, of the Christian variety especially, is theologically responsible is like finding a needle in a haystack. But, as a lover of music I am committed to the journey, rummaging through the crates of supposed “secular” and “sacred” music alike.
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August 18, 2010

A Jesus Fascination

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Johnson Oatman, Jr. once wrote these beautiful lyrics: “Lord, lift me up and let me stand by faith on Heaven’s tableland; a higher plane than I have found—Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.” In a world that bombards us with messages about self-help and self-fulfillment, it is incumbent upon us to find comfort in our Creator; that is, to be fascinated by God more than people, places, or experiences, as interesting as they may otherwise be in of themselves. This is possible only through relationship, however; a vibrant, authentic relationship with God through Christ Jesus, for anything else will not do.
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July 04, 2010

Diamonds Are Forever

The Rev. James Ellis, III (other)

Today immodestly is the standard by which everything else is measured, from the corporate boardroom to the high school lunch room. The less that is covered the better. The bigger assets that are uncovered the better. So often Christians are silent; paralyzed by their coconspirator status in the melee, but also troubled by how people are manipulated to exploit themselves in this way. There is a better way with Christ.
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June 22, 2010

A Belated Happy Father’s/Mother’s Day

The Rev. James Ellis, III (other)

Some Christian parents cling to a distorted view of parenting, which focuses on establishing a legacy of economic prosperity, professional prowess, or upward mobility, for instance, as examples of how they are better than their own parent(s). Yet, as believers they are charged to teach their children the ways of the Lord, not how to live unfulfilled lives of fearful disobedience to God that are successful only in the world’s eyes.
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June 17, 2010

The Great I AM

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In proclaiming the Gospel and caring for so many others during times of need, it is easy for clergy and other servant-leaders to forget that God’s providence and unconditional love apply to us, too. Through life’s inevitable storms we must be reminded of our need to trust in God, and God alone.
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May 29, 2010

Faith Seeking Understanding

The Rev. James Ellis, III (other)

“Seminary” can easily be one of those buzz words that in certain circles Christians have very definitive opinions about. Is it required for effective service in the local church? Is the academy a safe space in which God can be questioned while faith is still affirmed? Only a week away from another seminary graduation, I am reflecting on my time training, institutionally speaking, to better understand what ministry is all about.
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May 03, 2010

The Black Church Is Alive (“Don’t Call It a Comeback”)

The Rev. James Ellis, III (other)

There has been a lot of rhetoric thrown around recently about the black church in response to Eddie Glaude's article "The Black Church Is Dead." This is merely a response; one of many is furthering the dialogue as to the relevancy, or lack thereof, of today’s black church.
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April 30, 2010

Rejecting Ignorance, Accepting the Ignorant

The Rev. James Ellis, III (other)

We live in a time when ignorance is celebrated more and more often, much to the chagrin of those who know that with God there is indeed a better way. This is a reflection on the ignorance that racial minorities, particularly African Americans, are forced to endure and overcome given the mores of today’s American culture.
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March 10, 2010

Money, Power, Respect

The Rev. James Ellis, III (other)

The “prosperity gospel” is an attractive heresy sweeping through American Christianity (although it has existed for quite some time now). Building upon the Protestant work ethic, it purports that God wants his followers to be rich, essentially by any means necessary. This, of course, is quite contrary to biblical, Christian orthodoxy. It turns opportunist, overzealous ministers into pimps, and obedient parishioners into prostitutes.
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February 21, 2010

And, They Called It Idolatry

The Rev. James Ellis, III (other)

Sadly, today we worship celebrities. The sustained frenzy surrounding Tiger Woods' recent marital troubles is evidence of that. God has called us to more than idolatry, however. We were made to overcome it not succumb to it, no matter what popular culture says.
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February 08, 2010

We Are Family: A Theological Remix

The Rev. James Ellis, III (other)

It has been my experience that most people succeed in spite of not because of positive contributions that their family of origin made to their life. As sad as that it is, it seems to be many peoples’ reality. Yet, God provides for our well-being even given this kind of familial baggage. With God we don’t have to be arbitrarily subjected to a dogmatic concept of who can and cannot be family to us. Jesus’ view on family was much bigger than that, and our ought to be also.
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February 02, 2010

No Superheroes Allowed

The Rev. James Ellis, III (other)

God has created us to be human beings, not human doings, which is to say that we are to find out rest and purpose in God, not in vocational meanderings towards so-called "success."
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January 28, 2010

Historical Integrity

The Rev. James Ellis, III (other)

We often fill celebrations of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy with lots of inaccurate fluff. We sensationalize the seemingly insurmountable vocational challenges that he faced every day, and gloss over the shortcomings in his character. Historical integrity along with a faithful commitment to Christ, however, requires that we tell the truth and shame the devil, as the saying goes.