Sunday favorites

“Wealth is treacherous; the arrogant do not endure. … Shall not everyone taunt such people and, with mocking riddles, say about them … Because you have plundered many nations, all that survive of the peoples shall plunder you.” [Read more...]

Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 67: ‘Selective literalism’


The point of all three of Jesus’ stories, of course, is that the kingdom of God is made up of those who do good, not those who do evil — and particularly not those evildoers (weeds, goats, Dives) who ignore the needs of the poor. To read such stories and ignore this point is perverse. To interpret them as primarily about the specific mechanics of the End Times — the role of Abraham and angels, the heat-setting of the fiery furnace — is even more perverse. [Read more...]

Could you be my little movie star?

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Now that evangelical colleges like Oral Roberts are cool with requiring students to wear Fitbits, does this mean we can move past our cultural Mark-of-the-Beast-phobia and stop having to carry around paper documentation of auto registration and proof of insurance? Also: Freeform Nephilim, jury duty, Robyn Hitchcock’s Kaddish, Nehushtan in Texas, and Winona, forever. [Read more...]

When white supremacy is ‘conservative’ (and vice versa)


The problem, apparently, is that Russell Moore may be a staunch opponent of abortion and staunch defender of “traditional marriage,” but he clearly does not want to be a staunch defender of white supremacy. And that apparently makes a lot of white Southern Baptists very uncomfortable. To them, if Moore is not willing to defend white supremacy, then he isn’t really representative of Southern Baptists. [Read more...]

The 15th anniversary of Cam-Cam


In 1994, John Birch Society fantasies were not welcome in Republican politics. Then, over the following decade, Tim LaHaye published a series of books devoted to teaching and spreading those fantasies — books that became phenomenal best-sellers read by tens of millions of Americans. Today, LaHaye’s Bircher ideology is a serious factor in our national politics and may prove to be a decisive factor in the election of our next president. [Read more...]

Sunday favorites

“In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your justice deliver me and rescue me; incline your ear to me and save me.” [Read more...]

Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 66: ‘Leap of proof’

“My logic has been stretched to the breaking point,” Rayford Steele tells his daughter. The authors seem to think of this as a description of Christian faith. It’s a poor substitute. Faith is “being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1). The breaking point of logic, on the other hand, is usually considered madness. [Read more...]

‘Do it to Julia!’ is not a prayer of salvation

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“She read it and accepted Christ. Then she gave it to her brother and he did the same. He passed it on to their four siblings and all of them accepted Christ. … Think of it — seven atheists won to Christ for 25 cents!” [Read more...]