Sunday favorites

“Give We, the People, your justice, O God. … May we defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the needy, and crush the oppressor.” [Read more…]

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LBCF, No. 138: ‘Buck & Hattie & Ray & Chloe’

For the first time, Jerry Jenkins brings all four major characters together in the same place. And yet, somehow, he still manages to have that scene include several phone calls among them. [Read more…]

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Then she pulled the head out of the bag and showed it to them, and said, ‘See here, the head of Holofernes, the commander of the Assyrian army, and here is the canopy beneath which he lay in his drunken stupor. The Lord has struck him down by the hand of a woman.'” [Read more…]

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LBCF, No. 137: ‘Buck’s soul-searching’

The authors want to treat Buck’s dawning faith as a typical representation of a typical conversion experience, but Buck is far from typical. The game here is rigged. Unlike those of us here in the real world, Buck has already seen proof of God’s existence. He has seen the hand of God swatting aside nuclear missiles like snowflakes. Buck’s report on that undeniably, unambiguously supernatural event, the authors say, won him a Hemingway Prize. It would also have won him a $1 million check from the Amazing Randi. [Read more…]

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‘And I ask myself the same question’

Today’s protest anthem and Monday morning open thread comes courtesy of The Pogues.   [Read more…]

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“The Sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the Sabbath.” [Read more…]

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LBCF, No. 136: ‘Chairface Stonagal’

It is only after our heroes confess this particular sin and embrace the “Bible-prophecy” teachings of Tim LaHaye that they become Real, True Christians and receive divine forgiveness and salvation. In Left Behind, the refusal to acknowledge LaHaye’s teaching as supreme truth is the equivalent of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, the unforgivable sin that condemns one to Hell along with the preterists, the a-Millennialists and the Jews. [Read more…]

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‘Fighting for our children’

Today’s protest anthem and Monday morning open thread comes courtesy of Mavis Staples. If necessary, you can invent and add an infinite number of verses to this song, and sing it forever. I mention this because that may soon, again, be necessary. So this is a good one to learn, just in case. [Read more…]

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