Sunday favorites

1 John 3:11-18 For this is the message you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. We must not be like Cain who was from the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother’s righteous. Do not be [Read More...]

Backing off of the North East wind

“We are who God says we are.” “My southern ears hear Franklin Graham’s words clearly. … I hear the dog whistle, Franklin. Put it away.” “It is a living argument from the living gospels, and rooted in the traditions and history within which Cone grew up in Fordyce, Ark., and if that makes people who [Read More...]

Hebrew Fail in ‘Left Behind II’


Here’s a screen-grab from Left Behind II: Tribulation Force that needs to be highlighted on its own: What we have here is a failure to translate. Or even to transliterate. As Jeff W. and Makabit noted in comments to the previous Left Behind post, the filmmakers didn’t translate the English into Hebrew for this sign, [Read More...]

Brief insights on a hideous man

“No woman deserves to be disrespected in this manner. This language is an attack on all women, and has been used throughout history to silence our voices.” “She was respectful, sincere, and spoke with conviction. She provided a model of civil discourse. … And yet, some of those who disagreed with her position – including [Read More...]

Charles Colson needs to be held accountable for lying


Charles Colson is lying. Again. Still. It’s what he does. Colson is a very strange man. His habitual lying isn’t strange. Nor is the fact that he’s using these lies to boost his fundraising. Lying for money isn’t strange at all, unfortunately. But the particular lie Colson is repeating, over and over, is a strange [Read More...]

TFTM: Return of Angelic Woman

By glancing at this photo, you have done more research than any of the art designers or set designers in this movie.

Left Behind II: Tribulation Force, Part 8 Donald W. Thompson gave me nightmares. I grew up in the American evangelical Christian subculture in the 1970s and 1980s, so it’s impossible for me to watch a movie like Left Behind II: Tribulation Force without thinking of Thompson’s earlier End Times movies. Those movies scared the Hell [Read More...]

‘On that day when you go in to hide in an inner chamber’

So, OK, this post will be about a story from the Bible, but it’s not really about religion or theology or biblical studies. It’s about stories. There’s a really good story in 1 Kings 22. Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up. Ahab, the wicked king of Israel, wants to [Read More...]

Pastors and prophets and genuine leadership

Father Marcel Guarnizo is kind of a jerk. And Guarnizo’s jerkitude is compounded by the example and the instruction of the bishops whose lead he is following. When someone who’s prone to being a jerk is commissioned to serve as a local pastor and takes his orders from a band of bishops who have made [Read More...]

Smart people saying smart things

Libby Anne: “Who Are the Real Babies? House-Proofing and Modesty“ When you’re raised in the movement, even the smallest children are taught to have self control and to not touch what is right in front of their eyes. In fact, it’s considered quite the accomplishment to be able to leave an expensive vase or dish [Read More...]

How establishment corrupts religion: A case study

Jessica Ahlquist was right. The sectarian banner that hung at Cranston West High School in Cranston, Rhode Island, should not have been there. Its presence there was both unjust and illegal. And, being unjust, it was also a sin. The First Amendment is very clear. It defends the free exercise of religion and, therefore, also [Read More...]