L.B.: Mostly dead

Left Behind, pp. 227-228 Buck Williams sat near an exit at JFK Airport reading his own obituary. As first sentences of chapters go, that's not bad. It'd be better, of course, if Buck had done even a half-convincing job of faking his own death — if he hadn't immediately called his closest relatives to assure [Read More…]

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L.B.: Sunday afternoons

Left Behind, pp. 221-225 So how do you spend the first lazy Sunday of the end of the world? Rayford Steele, we're told, went to church. Afterwards, the Rev. Bruce Barnes invites him to lunch. "I'd want to call my daughter first, but sure," Steele says, doing his part to maintain the phone-calls/pages ratio for [Read More…]

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Your regularly scheduled apocalypse …

… will resume shortly. Apologies for the unannounced/unintended hiatus. Turns out that five performances a weekend (Cakewalk at the William Way Center, 1315 Spruce St., Phila, Thurs.-Sat. at 8 p.m., Sat. matinee at 2, Sun. matinee at 3, tickets available thru Smarttix.com) takes more time/energy than I thought. The show runs through Oct. 8, so [Read More…]

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L.B.: Episode IV

Left Behind, pg. 221 People seemed reluctant to leave, even after Bruce closed in prayer. Many stayed to get acquainted, and it became obvious that a new congregation had begun. The name of the church was more appropriate than ever. New Hope. – – – – – – – – – – – – A [Read More…]

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L.B.: Full House

Left Behind, pp. 219-221 OK, so, Rayford Steele is in church. Right at 10 o'clock, Bruce began, but he asked Loretta to stand by the door and make sure any latecomers were welcomed. We met Loretta about 20 pages ago, shuffling about the church office "sunken-eyed and disheveled, as if she'd come through a war." [Read More…]

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L.B.: Sunday Morning Coming Down

Left Behind, pp. 218-219 It is the first Sunday after the Rapture. The world has had less than a week to adjust. The mass disappearances coincided with hundreds of calamitous transportation disasters, all on one day. Tens of thousands are dead. More than a billion are missing, and survivors, family members and rescue workers are [Read More…]

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L.B.: Tactical decency

Left Behind, pg. 218 It's strange even typing this sentence, but here is something on which I agree — at least somewhat — with Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. Rayford Steele has prayed the Sinner's Prayer and skimmed the Gospels, and he wakes the next morning with an overwhelming urge to pester his daughter, Chloe, [Read More…]

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L.B.: Today’s Gospel reading

Left Behind, pp. 217-218 I refer to Left Behind and its many sequels and prequels as the Worst Books Ever Written because they're so consistently awful in so many different ways: theologically, politically, ethically, stylistically, all presented along with howling errors of continuity, logic and even basic geography. All of which combines to make these [Read More…]

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