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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L.B.: Finishing Chapter 6

Left Behind, pp. 109-114 The manager of the Midpoint Motel is named Mack. I wish I had been there to make the introductions when Buck Williams checked in: Buck, Mack. Mack, Buck. Left Behind offers no account of this initial meeting, nor any explanation of why Buck didn't make arrangements to pay for the room [Read More…]

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L.B.: Making the cut

Left Behind, pp. 105-109 These pages concern — can you guess? That's right, another phone call. This time it's Buck talking to his father who lives in Tucson, Ariz. Jenkins tosses in a bit of father/son conflict, but his heart's not in it. The subject may be fathers and sons, but this isn't the stuff [Read More…]

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L.B.: No change of power

Left Behind, pp. 104-105 Remember that whole "rapture" thing? Yeah, well, we're done with that now. Left Behind is often described as a novel about the rapture and what happens afterward, but that's not really accurate. It's a novel about a whole series of events supposedly prophesied. These events are familiar to all adherents of [Read More…]

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L.B.: Spiritual girly-men

Left Behind, pp. 102-104 These pages find Rayford Steele on the edge of a spiritual crisis. Steele thinks of himself as a man's man, self-reliant, capable and proud. Here, for the first time, he begins to experience self-doubt: Would it mean admitting that he didn't know everything? That he had relied on himself and that [Read More…]

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L.B.: Explicit Content

Left Behind, pp. 101-104 I've previously joked about how the Left Behind series is "Pretrib Porno" because of its fetishistic appeal for followers of that kinky eschatology, And we've frequently noted how the characters' names — Buck, Steele, Dirk — seem drawn from the adult section of the local video store. But there's another sense, [Read More…]

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L.B.: Apocalypse & Power

OK, so I'm headed out of town for a few days, causing a regrettable delay in this week's installment of Left Behind Fridays. Hope to have it up here by Saturday evening. Until then, here's a provocative little passage from David Dark on the subject of apocalyptic literature (from the introduction of what turns out [Read More…]

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L.B.: Holy spirits

Left Behind, pp. 97-98 Chapter 6 of Left Behind begins with a promising sentence: It had been years since Rayford Steele had been drunk. It's about time that somebody reacted to the horrifying opening pages of this story with the wholly appropriate and reasonable (if not necessarily constructive) response of drinking himself into a stupor. [Read More…]

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