This “covering of God” is a special blessing conveyed upon special people who ask for and receive God’s special favor. And we need this special favor because, like Daniel, we face persecution. Daily life, these believers believe, is an endless series of Lion’s Dens. Read more

Larry Norman’s End-Times Rapture obsession fiercely promoted a narrative of decline. There’s a straight line from “It’s all in Revelations” to “MAGA.” Read more

A movie telling the true story of Mark Taylor could be a timely, engaging, insightful work of art. A movie claiming that Mark Taylor is telling a true story cannot be any of those things. Read more

Remembering the Sabbath and keeping it holy. Plus: Why ostriches are cool and Job is a play; Appalachia’s media moment; and not letting “Christian” get rebranded as a consumer/market niche. Read more

I’m not sure this version of this story really quite works. I don’t think this standard historical narrative fully explains everything it wants to explain, and I think there’s a great deal it struggles to accommodate or to account for. Read more

Those who say, “I love God,” and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. Read more

With all that Buck has just seen and heard, it would seem reasonable for him to question whether or not he was still reasonable. He ought to at least consider the possibility that he’s losing his mind. Read more

This might all seem like old news — a bit of pop culture legend involving “colorful” characters from some bygone underworld. But it’s not that. This is today’s news. Read more

“Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.” Read more

National Catholic Reporter disgraces itself by credulously promoting three con-artists running the old “ex-Satanist” racket. None of them is very good at it. Plus: White flight, Moody history, Zeno’s paradox, and Nada Surf. Read more

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