L.B.: Everybody loves Rayford

Left Behind, pp. 129-133 We left Buck Williams outside of the offices of "Global Weekly," somewhere in midtown Manhattan, miles and miles from midtown Manhattan. Buck heads inside and meets up with his friends and colleagues for the first time since one third of the world's people disappeared and hundreds of thousands more were killed [Read More…]

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L.B.: Tin men

Please forgive a brief aside, we'll pick up again on page 129 this week in a second post. Here I want to explore a theory about the theological foundations of Bad Writing and, in particular, Bad Evangelical Writing. As it turns out, I doubt this theory applies to LaHaye and Jenkins, but bear with me. [Read More…]

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L.B.: If you can make it there

Left Behind, pp. 126-129 Charter pilot Ken Ritz promised to fly Buck Williams to New York City, or as close as he can land. That turns out to be Easton, Pa. Perhaps to distract Buck from the fact that he's getting dropped off 70 miles from the city, Ritz changes the subject: "You know," Ritz [Read More…]

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L.B.: Other People

Left Behind, pp. 123-126 Somewhere near where you live is a restaurant you've probably never eaten at. It's heyday was decades ago, before the original owner sold the place. The subsequent owners have preserved the decor, the menu, the name — but they all seem to be lacking whatever it was that originally made them [Read More…]

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L.B.: Opening Irene’s Bible

Left Behind, pp. 121-123 Rayford Steele is grieving. He has begun what in the world of Left Behind passes for an existential crisis. Rayford Steele lay on his back, staring at the ceiling. … He didn't want to watch the news. He didn't want to read the paper, even knowing a new one had flopped [Read More…]

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L.B.: Funny you should ask

Left Behind, pp. 115-121 Chapter 7 of Left Behind does not begin with a phone call. Instead, we are treated to another detailed explanation of travel plans. In the first 100 pages of this book we've learned about a nuclear war (it's OK, no one was hurt), and the disappearance of 2/5 of the world's [Read More…]

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L.B.: A Less Graphic Experience

Left Behind, The Video Game My thanks to everyone who tipped me off to the upcoming release of Left Behind: The Video Game, which seems like such a horrible idea that I'm tempted to say it's a sign of the End Times. Potentially much worse: the Left Behind Games site features a photo of their [Read More…]

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L.B.: Nineveh

Left Behind, Chapters 1-6 When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he had compassion and did not bring upon them the destruction he had threatened. But Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry. He prayed to the Lord, "O Lord, is this not what I said? … I [Read More…]

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