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Recent James Ellis' Key Voice Blog Articles

The Rev. James Ellis III Article

December 17, 2012

Those Who Mourn

The Rev. James Ellis, III (CBF)

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.
The Rev. James Ellis III Article

November 07, 2012

Been in the Storm

The Rev. James Ellis, III (CBF)

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 (CBF)

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 (CBF)

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 (CBF)

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.
The Rev. James Ellis III Article

August 10, 2012

Respectfully Yours: The Homosexuality and Same-Sex Marriage Debate

The Rev. James Ellis, III (CBF)

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

The Rev. James Ellis, III (CBF)

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?
The Rev. James Ellis III Article

May 10, 2012

Money, Money, Money

The Rev. James Ellis, III (CBF)

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

The Rev. James Ellis, III (CBF)

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.
The Rev. James Ellis III Article

March 26, 2012

The Lonely Avenue of Integrity

The Rev. James Ellis, III (CBF)

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.