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“Why does the way of the guilty prosper? Why do all who are treacherous thrive?” [Read more…]

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Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 91: ‘Enchanted’

The alternative to evangelism as hospitality is to take the approach that Rayford takes above, insisting to Chloe that she requires forgiveness because she is a “selfish, greedy, jealous, petty, spiteful” sinner. Rather than getting bogged down here in a discussion of why I find this tack immoral, let me just say for now that it’s not particularly wise. “Trust me, you’re a filthy sinner,” is not the most winsome or promising form of evangelism (and you’d be hard pressed, apart from satires like Jonah, to find biblical models for such an approach). [Read more…]

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Jesus loves you more than you will know

A new Left Behind movie and a new Jerry Jenkins book tour have the World’s Worst Books back in the news, with new profiles and puff pieces revisiting all the inaccurate claims of previous versions. Plus: “Donald Trump’s Ghostwriter Tells All;” Secretary of Labor Tom Perez gets all Laborem Exercens; and the Lemonheads cover a famous song written by Melania Trump. [Read more…]

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Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 90: ‘Driving to O’Hare’

This is Rayford’s first trip back to O’Hare since he fled it six days ago, threading his way across the tarmac through scattered charred bodies and the wreckage of multiple airliner crashes. It must have been a very busy week at the airport, as everything there has apparently been cleaned up and restored. Rayford is too distracted even to notice this Herculean achievement of post-disaster logistics. He’s too busy trying to figure out how to talk to Chloe about her status as a sinner in need of salvation, and he’s not sure how to do that. [Read more…]

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Subsidiarity: ‘Policing was never meant to solve all those problems’

The usurpation by Big Gubmint that Reagan imagined everywhere is always possible, and sometimes happens. But far, far, far more common is the situation Chief Brown describes: government forced to take on ever-greater responsibility due to the irresponsibility of other actors in our network of mutuality. Government is far too burdened with the responsibilities abdicated by all those other actors to have much time or resources left over for the nefarious usurpation of even more responsibility. [Read more…]

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First responders and guns (cont’d.)

When people with guns are summoned in an emergency, they sometimes respond as people with guns — whether or not guns are capable of addressing the emergency in question. This makes things worse. This is particularly — and often tragically — the case when police are called on to be the “first responders” in an emergency involving someone suffering from mental illness, emotional distress, or psychosis. [Read more…]

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First responders usually shouldn’t mean ‘people with guns’

When there’s a bear trapped in a Subaru, it’s probably prudent for the deputy to bring along a shotgun. But most of the time in their role as “first responders” to emergencies unrelated to law enforcement, the guns that police officers carry are neither necessary nor helpful. The presence of those guns — the introduction of those guns — increases the danger present, rather than reducing or helping to resolve it safely. [Read more…]

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These are dangerous days

Donald Trump’s history as a predatory scam artist is just one of many reasons he’s viewed by many as a “threat to American democracy.” The possibility of a Trump presidency is thus prompting unprecedented warnings from those who haven’t previously addressed specific candidates — from Historians Against Trump to the Notorious RBG. Also: Blowing up the world as a response to boredom; a Philistine cemetery; and Michael Collins looks up at the moon. [Read more…]

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