This week in the End of the World

This week we had a large meteor ripping across the sky over Chelyabinsk, Russia, which is just exactly the sort of spectacular event that gets people talking about the End of the World. But then people don’t really need anything so spectacular to get them talking about the End of the World — a topic that seems to obsess millions of people even on days when giant rocks aren’t disintegrating in our atmosphere. [Read more…]

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Sunday favorites

Zephaniah 3:14-20: “I will deal with all your oppressors at that time. And I will save the lame and gather the outcast, and I will change their shame into praise and renown in all the earth.” [Read more…]

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Mary Bird explains the ‘post-evangelical’ perspective on the Bible, in 1852

Mary Bird rejects the explicit biblical texts condoning slavery, saying, “I can read my Bible; and there I see that I must feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and comfort the desolate; and that Bible I mean to follow.” Clearly she’s been reading too much Rob Bell or something and she’s no longer a real, true evangelical Christian. [Read more…]

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No rules, just umpires: Earl Weaver, Bobby Cox and the futility of defining ‘evangelical’

I never pay much attention to the perennial discussion of how to “define” evangelical or evangelicalism. That discussion doesn’t matter. There is no definition. There is no rulebook, only umpires. Lots of umpires. There’s an ever-changing cast of out-of-shape guys in black pants running out onto the field, calling balls and strikes and expelling players, managers, coaches and other umpires. [Read more…]

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4 years ago: ‘Dismaying’

These are delusions because Missouri does, in fact, exist, and because its existence is not conditional upon your “belief” in the reality or unreality of that fact. [Read more…]

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NRA: Can Nicolae handle this job?

Nicolae Carpathia is stuck with a prophecy check list that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, so it would be unfair to blame him for pursuing the various quirky and irrational goals required by this assigned agenda. But even if we give him the benefit of the doubt on that score, when we hear Nicolae describe his grand schemes, I think we’re hearing an Antichrist who’s in over his head. He simply hasn’t done his homework. [Read more…]

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8 years ago: This is who we are

No amount of rhetoric on behalf of freedom and democracy could compete with the message such an outpost would provide. Our ordinary rendition of democracy and freedom is powerful, but this model, this extraordinary rendition, would be even more powerful. [Read more…]

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Celebrity songs: Lester Piggott to Winona Ryder

It’s the Friday music game — I’ll show you mine and you show me yours. This week it’s another alphabetical slice of songs named for famous people, letters P through R, for which I’ve got songs named after four musicians, a president, a first lady, an actress, a doctor and a jockey. [Read more…]

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Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day

“We support biblical families,” Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy says of his fast-food corporation. So let’s take a look at some of those biblical families. Today’s entry: True family. [Read more…]

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James Dobson just not putting much effort into perfunctory lies

Christian radio host James Dobson is repeating stale death-panels lies from 2010. His massive radio audience deserves better. They deserve to hear new, creative lies told with more flair and ingenuity. How are they supposed to work up any new outrage over the same old lies they’ve been hearing for three years? [Read more…]

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