Election Night open thread

It’s possible that, unlike me, some of you may this evening still be capable of coherent sentences and thoughts that are worth sharing. Here is a thread for you. I’m going back to pacing, nervous eating, and muttering/praying/rambling aloud in an empty room. [Read more…]

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Sunday favorites

“Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil.” [Read more…]

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LBCF, No. 106: ‘L&P&U&B’

Vigilant against the rise of a coming Antichrist, LaHaye and Jenkins are not on the lookout against the deceptions of disingenuous false leaders, but rather against anyone with a message of love and peace and understanding and brotherhood. They’ve gotten so caught up in guarding against wolves in sheep’s clothing that anything in sheep’s clothing is viewed as the enemy. So all sheep must be shot on sight. [Read more…]

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When trouble comes to town

Some Thursday night odds-and-ends, including: Why the Cubs’ win will provoke an identity crisis for their fans; Beyonce at the CMAs; Amy Grant singing from a hymnal is insufficiently Christian, “bookstore” claims; and yet more reasons why Ken Ham had to leave Australia to promote young-Earth creationism. [Read more…]

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LBCF, No. 105: ‘Conditional election’

“Ecumenical” is another bogeyman word in these books. Generally speaking, it should be read here as connoting “relativistic, truth-denying.” Keep in mind also that Tim LaHaye is a longtime John Birch Society member, and that the main offices for the ecumenical National Council of Churches are in New York, in a building donated by John D. Rockefeller, and you’ll begin to get a sense of how ominous and portentous this is meant to seem. [Read more…]

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Of, by, for

What does it mean to read Psalm 72 or Romans 13 in a time and place where there is no king and the people are sovereign? “Well actually …” we rush to say, the people have never really been sovereign. That whole Gettysburg Address thing is just lofty rhetoric and the people have never actually had the power. So we’re not responsible. At all. [Read more…]

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Sunday favorites

“We come on the ship they call the Mayflower
We come on the ship that sailed the moon
We come in the age’s most uncertain hour
and sing an American tune …” [Read more…]

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LBCF, No. 104: ‘It could be bunnies’

“Dr. Rosenzweig believes that some confluence of electromagnetism in the atmosphere, combined with as yet unknown or unexplained atomic ionization from the nuclear power and weaponry throughout the world, could have been ignited or triggered — perhaps by a natural cause like lightning, or even by an intelligent life-form that discovered this possibility before we did — and caused this instant action throughout the world.” [Read more…]

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