NRA: How not to evangelize, Step 1

Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins frame this whole conversation as some steely contest of nerves — a high-stakes negotiation, a struggle for dominance, and an exercise in brinksmanship, with Buck and Verna staring one another down to see who blinks first. That’s probably not the best way to think about evangelism. [Read more…]

Stay in touch with the Slacktivist on Facebook:

The Left Behind franchise is coming for your children

“Vanished: Left Behind the Next Generation” is coming to theaters in September. Because religious tribalism means even very bad, money-losing movies get to be a franchise. Let’s look at the trailer. [Read more…]

Stay in touch with the Slacktivist on Facebook:

Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 87: ‘Episode IV’

As you select names for your characters, for the businesses where they work, and for the town or city in which your story is set, you may decide that these names should be not only apt, but Meaningful. Good for you. Meaningful Names can reinforce character and theme. But some subtlety is required. [Read more…]

Stay in touch with the Slacktivist on Facebook:

NRA: ‘The Fugitive’ meets ‘Mad Max’

Tsion Ben-Judah is being hunted down for preaching about Jesus. So he goes into hiding — at a church that is very publicly preaching about Jesus. This seems like a bad idea. It’s like being chased by dogs and then hiding in a Snausages factory. [Read more…]

Stay in touch with the Slacktivist on Facebook:

Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 86: ‘Full House’

The authors offer a dull, but passable description of a successful revival meeting, and it sounds very much like actual revival meetings I have actually witnessed. And therein lies the problem: This gathering should be nothing like the actual revival meetings I have actually witnessed. [Read more…]

Stay in touch with the Slacktivist on Facebook:

Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 85: ‘Sunday morning coming down’

This is something humans do. When disaster strikes — fire, flood, mine explosion, school bus accident, terrorist attack, tsunami, Reawakening of the Old Ones — people get scared and desperate and come together, often at a church. We are born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward, and just as surely we will respond to that trouble by coming together and lighting candles. [Read more…]

Stay in touch with the Slacktivist on Facebook:

NRA: Get back Loretta

My imaginary backstory for the character of Loretta is elaborate, fanciful, and largely unsupported by the text of this story. But it’s still more credible than the official version of the character, which is too inconsistent and contradictory to make any sense. We’re forced to read between the lines to find and flesh-out “meta-Loretta.” And she turns out to be pretty cool. [Read more…]

Stay in touch with the Slacktivist on Facebook:

Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 84: ‘Tactical decency’

I doubt L&J would go so far as to agree with me about evangelism being a form of hospitality, but here at least they seem to agree that evangelism ought not to be blatantly inhospitable. They seem to recognize, at least briefly, that the Great Commission and the obligation to spread the gospel do not require us to offend and scare off those around us, and that treating others decently doesn’t mean you’re “ashamed of the gospel.” [Read more…]

Stay in touch with the Slacktivist on Facebook:

CLOSE | X

HIDE | X