L.B.: Hospitality vs. Sales

Left Behind, wrapping up Chapter 11 As an evangelist, the Rev. Bruce Barnes gets a few things right. Evangelism is what Chapter 11 of Left Behind is all about. This is an awkward topic. In American culture, evangelism has become something dreaded and despised — perhaps most of all by the very evangelical Christians who [Read More…]

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L.B.: The real sin of the Rev. Bruce Barnes

Left Behind, pp. 195-197 To put meaning in one’s life may end in madness, But life without meaning is the torture Of restlessness and vague desire — It is a boat longing for the sea and yet afraid. — Edgar Lee Masters, from "Spoon River Anthology" Rayford Steele's wife, Irene, was snatched away by God [Read More…]

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L.B.: Dogs and cats sleeping together

Left Behind, pg. 198 Before making his full sales pitch for salvation to Rayford and Chloe, Bruce Barnes first has to explain the authors' contention that such salvation is still possible for those left behind in the post-rapture world. This is, of course, central to the premise of the whole series, the protagonists of which [Read More…]

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L.B.: King of Kings and Capo di tutti capi

Left Behind, pp. 189-190 The Rev. Bruce Barnes is an odd man. He's twitchy and God-haunted like Hazel Motes in Wise Blood. He says he believes in the "rapture," but we don't see him rejoicing over the salvation of his wife and children. Instead he acts more like God took them and left a ransom [Read More…]

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L.B.: God’s battered wife

Left Behind, pp. 188-199 Meet Loretta. The only parishioner left behind at New Hope Village Church: "Hello," an older woman said from behind Rayford and Chloe. She stood in the doorway of the church offices sunken-eyed and disheveled, as if she'd come through a war. After pleasantries she retreated to a desk in the outer [Read More…]

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L.B.: The Rise of the Anti-Huck

Left Behind, Chapter 11 Rayford Steele and his daughter Chloe are headed to the New Hope Village Church to speak with the apostate pastor, Bruce Barnes, and to pick up the "I Told You So" videotape recorded by the church's Real True Christian pastor before he and most of his flock were shuffled out of [Read More…]

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L.B. The Visitation Pastor

Left Behind, pg. 196 The New Hope Village Church is being run by a post-rapture skeleton crew consisting of the apostate Rev. Bruce Barnes and get-back Loretta. Most of the following chapter consists of the long, sad saga of Barnes' former sham-faith. Before we dive into that extended monologue, a brief aside on the Rev. [Read More…]

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L.B.: The Nonattenders

Left Behind, pp. 172 – 174 Tucked into the parody of a spy novel that is Chapter 10 is a brief visit back with Rayford Steele. This is an oddly placed, somewhat jarring insertion. Had the story of Buck's adventure in London actually achieved some kind of narrative flow, this would have interrupted it. The [Read More…]

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