L.B.: Hard to get a cab

Left Behind, pp. 28-30 From the pilot of a passing Concorde, Rayford Steele has learned that the mysterious disappearances on his plane are but a small piece of a global phenomenon. Finally Rayford picks up “an all-news radio outlet” that confirms the Concorde’s account. One pictures Steele frantically scanning the dial looking for news — [Read More…]

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L.B.: Concorde calling

Left Behind, pp. 25-27 “If you’re a seeker and you need a guide, someone to counsel you so you can find your way forward into a spiritual realm. And you’re on an airplane. Don’t look in first class.” — John Patrick Shanley in Joe Versus the Volcano Our heroes, isolated from the world aboard their [Read More…]

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And now, some Good News

From Teresa Watanabe of The Los Angeles Times, we learn that the evangelical Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif.: … has launched a federally funded project for making peace with Muslims, featuring a proposed code of ethics that rejects offensive statements about each other's faiths, affirms a mutual belief in one God and pledges not [Read More…]

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L.B.: The Lex Luthor factor

Left Behind, pp. 23-24 Here are some of the things that Buck Williams, the greatest investigative reporter of all time, is thinking when he first realizes that dozens of people on his airplane have suddenly disappeared midflight: … His mind searched its memory banks for anything he had ever read, seen, or heard of any [Read More…]

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L.B.: Welcome to the Hellmouth

I must apologize for the extended pause in our journey through the world of Left Behind. Dwelling in this abysmal novel is like working with lead paint — one needs the occasional break to avoid the dangers of prolonged exposure. I have, as a kind of antidote, been re-reading Jane Jacobs’ The Death and Life [Read More…]

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L.B.: Jerry’s book tour

Jerry B. Jenkins, co-author with Tim LaHaye of the Left Behind series, is promoting his new book, Soon, which was written without having to split the profits with the valued assistance and spiritual guidance of LaHaye. Soon isn't set during a dispensationalist's "tribulation" period, but Jenkins is still sticking closely to his lucrative winning formula. [Read More…]

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L.B.: The Naked Truth

Left Behind, pp. 21-25 Here we read with greater detail — although less detail than we might like — of how LaHaye and Jenkins envision the bodily rapture of believers, but not of their clothes. Thus: Harold’s clothes were in a neat pile on his seat, his glasses and hearing aid on top. The pant [Read More…]

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L.B.: Not creepy enough

Left Behind, chapter 1 The remarkable thing about LaHaye and Jenkins’ description of the rapture in this first chapter is how very creepy it isn’t. The events they’re attempting to describe are so audacious, so potentially unsettling, that this chapter should make your flesh crawl and the hair on the back of your neck stand [Read More…]

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