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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L.B.: Rayford Zork

There's been a lot of discussion on the Internets of Left Behind: Eternal Forces — the new video game set in the fantasy world of Tim LaHaye & Jerry B. Jenkins' best-selling apocalyptic novels (see, for example, this jhutson post at Daily Kos). I guess I didn't expect this to be so controversial because I [Read More…]

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L.B.: yes I said yes I will Yes

Left Behind, pp. 213-217 (take two) Stories of religious conversion — or "testimonies," as we evangelical types call them* — can be tricky. The convert wants to tell this story because she is convinced that it is important. Very important. But also deeply personal and, at some level, ineffable. Attempts to convey the ineffable often [Read More…]

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L.B.: What’s on second

Left Behind, pp. 211-213 (take two) Rayford Steele, we're told, attended the New Hope Village Church only a few times after his wife Irene starting going there. If the Rev. Vernon Billings' In-Case-of-Rapture video is at all like the sermons Billings preached, then I understand why Rayford never went back. Billings is pedantic and condescending, [Read More…]

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L.B.: Still not creepy enough

Left Behind, pp. 211-217 (take one) It was a lump in the throat. It was an itching in the feet. It was a stirring in the blood at the sound of rain. It was a sickening of the heart at the sight of misery. It was a clamoring of ghosts. It was a name which, [Read More…]

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L.B.: Grace and greed

Left Behind, pp. 206-208 Thinking about the evangelistic sales-pitch he has just heard, Rayford sure is sure that he's pretty sure he's interested: He wanted to remain sensible, yes, analytical. He wanted to study, to pray, to be sure. But wasn't that just insurance? Could he be more sure? … He had found the truth, [Read More…]

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L.B.: Buck, incognito

Left Behind, pp. 205-206 We last saw Left Behind's other protagonist, Buck Williams, 20 pages ago, in Frankfurt, Germany. Buck slipped off to Frankfurt after escaping London, where the same menacing forces of the global shadow-government that had killed his friend Dirk had tried to kill Buck by planting a bomb in a police car. [Read More…]

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