The Smith Family Chronicles 3: “You Will Not Take My Daughter From Me!”

In Episode One of The Smith Family Chronicles, Jane Smith shared with her father something about herself that completely freaked him. In Episode Two, Jane’s girlfriend Tracy proved an excellent new housemate.

Luckily for Bob, in this, Episode Three, his wife Betty is unarmed. And yet something tells us, in the end, that the bell has tolled for him.

Tune in here every Friday for a brand-new episode of The Smith Family Chronicles.

My novel approach (and … update thing re: comments)
The Smith Family Chronicles 6: “I Give Up On Christianity.”
If hell is real, then love has no meaning
“The Smith Family Chronicles 8: Bob’s Dream” (And a Novel Idea!)
About John Shore

John Shore (who, fwiw, is straight) is the author of UNFAIR: Christians and the LGBT Question, and three other great books. He is founder of Unfundamentalist Christians (on Facebook here), and executive editor of the Unfundamentalist Christians group blog.  (In total John's two blogs receive some 250,000 views per month.) John is also co-founder of The NALT Christians Project, which was written about by TIME,  The Washington Post, and others. His website is You're invited to like John's Facebook page. Don't forget to sign up for his mucho-awesome newsletter.

  • Suz

    Oooh! Cliffhanger! Keeps getting better…

  • A’isha

    I love his slip of the tongue saying wives instead of lives. :) Pretty funny, John! The greatest line in this episode is when Bob says it’s tough love and Betty responds, “Really? Because it doesn’t feel like love at all.” (I know I probably botched the quote, but that was the gist of it.) It seems to me that tough love is more like “tough luck, you’re on your own” than anything loving at all. Great job, John! Now I have to go post this on my FB and see what kind of fundie froth I can get back. :)

  • Matthew Tweedell

    Wow! This is getting good!

  • John Shore

    Thanks, MT!

  • John Shore

    Thanks, A’isha. I’m sure no one will give you any grief over a simple story like this one. (bwahahahahahah…) Thanks for noting lines. You’ll see next week why Bob … might have made the particular slip he did.

  • John Shore

    Thanks, Suz!

  • Michael Rowe

    Aside from the awesome writing in this one, and the fact that I wrestle with tears on the horizon when I listen, especially to the mother, what I love most about it is that the bookcase is empty except for about three books. Cinéma verité.

  • John Shore


    Those books–clearly, a three-volume set, just kill me. It’s such a …. choice someone made. I love those books, and the … stuffed cat.

    It’s so cool you caught those book, Mr. Rowe.

  • Amanda

    My husband is even getting sucked into watching these — awesome! I can’t wait for next week.

  • lilypad1213

    Whose idea were the chopsticks in mom’s hair? Very unique. No scrunchi for her!

  • wken

    What’s sad is that I know people who take the father’s side in this argument.

    And they only have three books on the shelf in the living room? That kind of explains a lot, doesn’t it?

    (Anyone want to take bets that they’re the KJV, NIV, and ESV? No NLT or Message in their house, right?)

  • wken

    Oops. I guess I should have read the comments before I commented, huh?

    Ah, well …

  • Clay

    “…lead good Christian wives.” Brilliant!